The Kenai Kardinals suffered a sluggish start as they lost to Service 17-2 Friday evening in Kenai.
Kenai pitcher Brianna King gave up 13 earned runs to Service, which is a dangerous batting team. King also had three strikeouts.
“This is the first time we’ve played a large school this year, and they did well, because potentially we could’ve been blown out,” Kenai coach Mark King said. “We did lose pretty bad, but it could’ve been a lot worse, and the girls stuck in there.”
King said he had a number of junior varsity girls playing due to some of the starters being up in Anchorage for various reasons.
“They could’ve had better batting, we’re usually a better team at the plate, but we’ll work on that,” King said. “Defensively, we need to work on our outfield, and they got to be able to break on the ball properly, but they’re better than they look.”
The Cougars scored nine runs in the first inning alone, then cooled off after that.
Kenai pitcher Briana King and Carly Norvelle scored the Kards’ only two runs, both in the third inning. Both athletes had two hits of three bats.
“These games aren’t conference games, but they’re great experiences for these girls,” King said. “They get to see a different level of competition, and they need that.”
Kenai will play South Anchorage Saturday at noon.