The Soldotna softball team continued its romp in the Northern Lights Conference with two doubleheader wins over Houston on Tuesday in Soldotna, blowing out the Hawks 16-0 in three innings before edging them in a 9-8 four-inning game.
For the Stars, the day was all about youth, as two freshmen players combined to help clinch the wins. Freshmen pitcher Kayla Bauter allowed only four earned runs between the two games, and only four hits.
“She was great, she was fantastic,” SoHi coach Kelli Knoebel said. “That was her first game pitching.”
Knoebel also said freshman Amber McDonald had the winning run in the second game, all the while playing solid defense for the Stars. Also, Allison Nelson hit three triples over the two games, and Maddie Wilcox, Serena Prior and Kaycee Munn all got on base numerous times.
The Stars are now 6-1 both overall and in league play this year.
In the second game, SoHi ended the first inning with a 5-2 lead, but Houston began to claw back by outscoring SoHi 3-1 in the third inning.
Houston tied the game 8-8 with a run at the top of the fourth inning, but in the bottom of the fourth, McDonald hit a double, stole third base, then scored home on an overthrow to Houston’s third baseman.
Serena Prior relieved Bauter on the mound in the 3rd inning.
Soldotna will face Homer on Wednesday at home at 6 p.m.
Homer 14, Skyview 1
The Mariners scored 10 runs in the third inning to cruise to an NLC win on Tuesday in Homer.
The game ended after four innings due to the 90-minute time limit.
Hannah Larue pitched for Homer and only allowed four hits and one run, and getting four strikeouts.
Homer’s Kayla Hutt and Addie Davis both hit 2-for-2, while Mcki Needham went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI, and Becky Graham was 2-for-3.
Skyview scored its sole run in the 4th inning.
“We started a little slow, and began picking it up in second inning,” said Homer coach Bill Bell. “Once we started hitting we couldn’t stop.”
Skyview’s Demery Garrett was 1-for-2, Molly Hughes went 2-for-2 and pitcher Sam Reynolds was 1-for-2.
Panthers are 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the league, and will be up in Anchorage on Thursday to play South and Eagle River. Homer will travel to Soldotna today to play the Stars.