Weekend softball roundup: Homer No. 1, SoHi No. 2 out of NLC

The Homer softball team defeated host Kodiak 17-9 on Friday in Northern Lights Conference play.

The game went just three innings due to the time limit as the Mariners finished up their regular season at 14-5 overall and 9-1 in the league. Homer had wrapped up a state berth Thursday. The Mariners will be the top seed out of the NLC.

The game was played in the rain and on a puddled field.

Hannah LaRue led Homer with two three-run home runs — one in the first and the other in the second. LaRue also was the winning pitcher, with three strikeouts and five walks.

Brooke Devaney and Kayla Hutt each had three RBIs for Homer, while LaRue and Hutt had two hits. Devaney had a triple, while Hutt had a double.

Soldotna 13, Houston 1; Soldotna 19, Houston 1

The visiting Stars notched a sweep to finish 8-2 in the NLC and earn the conference’s second seed at the state tournament.

“We’re happy to finish off conference with two final wins,” Soldotna coach Dave Cleveland said. “We hope to build on that and take that momentum to state.”

The 13-1 victory went four innings. Cleveland said pretty much everyone on the team scored at least once.

Kaycee Munn paced the Stars by going 3 for 4 with three RBIs, a double and two singles. Right behind her in the lineup, Lagi Wong returned from winning the state shot put title to go 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a double.

Nikki Hegge pitched a no-hitter to earn the victory. She struck out five and gave up one earned run.

The 19-1 Soldotna victory also went four innings. Hegge again picked up the victory, because Jordan Sedy was hurt in the first game, so she couldn’t pitch the second game.

Hegge struck out five and gave up one hit in allowing one unearned run.

Munn and Wong again powered the Stars from the middle of the order. Munn was 2 for 3 with five RBIs, while Wong was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a double.

Hegge was 2 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs, while Tanisha Chavez was 2 for 3 with three hits and two RBIs, and Savannah Smith was 2 for 2 with two walks and two RBIs.

“Everybody was kind of hitting,” Cleveland said. “It was a good couple of games to get us ready for state, which starts Friday.”

Kodiak 12, Skyview 5

This Northern Lights Conference game was called after three innings due to rain.

Kodiak led 9-4 after the first inning.

Skyview finished 1-9 in the conference, while Kodiak finished at 5-5.

Colony 4, Soldotna 2

The host Knights scored three times in the fifth and final inning to earn a nonconference victory against the Stars on Saturday.

SoHi finishes up the regular season with a 12-9 record.

“It was a good game,” Cleveland said. “Colony is no slouch of a team.”

Hegge pitched all five innings and gave up four hits while striking out four. Just one of her runs was earned.

“That’s what killed us,” Cleveland said of the errors.

Cleveland said catcher Serena Prior was playing hurt and it allowed Colony to sneak in the winning runs in the fifth inning.

Sedy provided the offensive highlight by going to the opposite field for a home run.

The Stars left runners on base in every inning except for one.

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