The Kenai Central softball team swept a Northern Lights Conference doubleheader from visiting Houston on Friday before losing a nonconference contest to visiting Juneau-Douglas on Saturday.
The Kards are 5-4 in the league and 8-8 overall.
“We came out pretty flat, but we picked it up that second game,” Kenai coach Mark King said of Friday’s games.
Kenai took the first game 12-11. The game went four innings due to a time limit.
Havan Shaginoff pitched the first three innings and gave up seven runs — five earned — while striking out three. Briana King pitched the last inning and gave up four runs — two earned.
The Kards were behind by one run in the fourth inning and knew it would be the last inning due to a time limit. Kierra Isham had a single that scored two and won the game for Kenai.
Briana King was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, while Carly Norvelle was 3 for 3 with an inside-the-park home run, a double, three RBIs and three runs.
The Kards took the second game 16-5 in four innings due to the mercy rule.
King pitched the entire game, giving up five runs — three earned — while striking out four. She only gave up two hits.
She also was 2 for 3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs. Taylor Galley was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
“Their pitchers were having a hard time finding the plate,” Mark King said. “Our players were taking advantage of that whenever they could.”
Saturday, Kenai lost to Juneau 15-1 in a game called after four innings due to the run rule.
“It’s good for our girls to have the opportunity to play the large schools and see the difference in the level of competition,” King said.
Norvelle was 2 for 2 with a double, while Shaginoff had a single and an RBI.
The Kards travel to face Skyview on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Soldotna 16, Service 3;
Service 11, Soldotna 10
The visiting Stars split a doubleheader on Friday.
The 16-3 win went six innings, with Nikki Hegge pitching all six. She struck out six, walked five, gave up two hits and no earned runs.
On offense, Jordan Sedy was 2 for 4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs, while Hegge was 3 for 4 with two runs, four RBIs and a home run over the fence.
The 11-10 loss went five innings.
“We had 15 errors,” Soldotna coach Dave Cleveland said. “We took five JV players and they were all playing in that game. It was good experience for them.”
Sedy pitched four innings and gave up six runs, four earned. Hegge pitched the last inning and gave up five runs, only two earned. The Stars were up 10-6 heading into the fifth, but poor defense let Service come back.
Sedy was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs, while Serena Prior was 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a run.
South 11, Soldotna 3;
South 8, Soldotna 6
The visiting Stars were swept to fall to 11-8 overall.
The 11-3 loss went five innings. Hegge pitched the full game, but was getting tired because it was her eighth game in six days. SoHi also had 11 errors in the game.
Sedy was 2 for 3 with two runs, while Kaycee Munn was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI.
The 8-6 loss went four innings.
“We still lost, but we played much better in that game,” Cleveland said.
Sedy pitched four innings and gave up eight runs, just one earned.
Munn crushed a home run over the fence.
Juneau 16, Homer 6
The host Mariners dropped a nonconference game to the Crimson Bears on Friday.
Homer is now 10-5 overall.
The Crimson Bears took control of the game by scoring 10 runs in the top of the third inning to take a 12-1 lead.
Homer 17, Houston 2;
Homer 23, Houston 2
The host Mariners swept a Northern Lights Conference doubleheader on Saturday to stay in first place in the conference.
Homer is now 12-5 overall and 6-1 in the league, good for first place. Soldotna is 6-2 in second place, while Kenai is at 5-4, Kodiak is at 3-3, Houston is at 2-6 and Skyview is at 0-7.