The Soldotna Stars knocked out two wins in a doubleheader against Kodiak on Saturday in Soldotna in Northern Lights Conference action.
The first game ended 7-0, as Max Hegge pitched a fabulous three-hit shutout game, striking out 36 percent of Kodiak’s hitters, which included nine strikeouts. Hegge faced 25 hitters and gave up two walks.
Jake Darrow was 3 of 4, including one run, two doubles, two stolen bases and one RBI.
Jarrett Urban was 2 of 3, which included two runs, one double, and two RBIs, and Jake Kooly went 1 for 3, with two runs and an RBI.
“These kids were just exceptional tonight, especially Max Hegge,” Soldotna assistant coach Mike Griffin said. “I looked at him, and knew that he wanted to go all the way.”
Hegge did indeed pitch the entire game.
The second game was much longer, as the game went eight innings, with a final score of 14-13.
Kodiak earned three runs in the first inning to lead early, but Soldotna managed to score three in the third inning, and seven in the sixth inning, which left them one behind heading to the seventh inning.
Max Conradi, Gavin Larson, Jake Darrow, Klayton Justice and Mitchel Daugherty all had a turn on the mound, with various levels of success.
Daugherty ended up the biggest winner, as he pitched four innings, but gave up only one earned run, while earning a 1.75 ERA.
“Daugherty had a 27 percent strikeout rate, and only threw 68 pitches in four innings, which is phenomenal,” Griffin said.
Shane Miller ended the game in the eighth inning with a walk-off home run. Miller was 3 of 5.
Tyler Marcuson went 2 for 5, with four RBIs to his credit, and Max Hegge managed two runs and an RBI as he was 2 of 5.
Soldotna is now sporting a 4-1 overall record and 4-0 in the league.
Homer 7, Wasilla 6
The Mariners nipped the host Warriors on Friday in Northern Lights Conference action.
Homer scored three in the first and second innings for a 6-0 lead.
Homer 15, Palmer 8
The Mariners rallied to top the host Moose on Saturday in NLC action.
Palmer led 8-3 in the fifth inning, but Homer scored 12 unanswered runs to secure the victory. Homer took a 9-8 lead with a three-run home run in the sixth inning.