The Homer softball team used a 16-run fifth inning to top host Kenai Central 20-5 on Thursday in the season opener for both teams.
The Mariners trailed the Kardinals 5-4 in the Northern Lights Conference game heading into the fifth inning.
Kenai starting pitcher Briana King tired in the frame and walked a few batters. Jodi Cook came in for Kenai and Homer came to life.
"She's normally a very accurate pitcher, but she just couldn't find it," Kenai coach Mark King said of Cook. "Give Homer credit. They really started hitting the ball."
King said shortstop Ashley Ketelle had a great all-around game for the Mariners.
The Kenai coach said the Kardinals played great for the first four innings. In that time, King gave up four runs, three of which were earned. She also struck out four.
"We only had two errors up until the fifth inning," King said.
The coach gave credit to Hope Steffensen, Carly Norvelle and Sarah Bressler for strong games on offense.
Kenai hosts Skyview on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
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