Despite pounding out 10 hits in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, Soldotna fell 7-5 to visiting Kodiak and then went on to lose the second game, 17-8.
“Everything was there. It’s just a matter of not hitting to where they are,” Stars softball coach Dave Cleveland said of Game 1. “Thirty-five at-bats and we only had one strike out and five walks. That’s 29 appearances at the plate -- all hit, whether they caught it or it was a fielder’s choice.
“I’ll take that any day,” he added. “They’ll start dropping when they start hitting more.”
Kodiak’s JoJo Hackett earned the win after walking five and striking out one in a complete-game effort.
Annie Gardner was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs, Rachel Maryott went 2-for-3 with a double and Jess Jezorski doubled for the Stars, who scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh but left the tying runs on base to end it, two of nine they stranded for the game.
“That was our main concern, was too many left on base during that game,” Cleveland said.
Shannon Lindley suffered the loss for SoHi, allowing only four hits and three walks over seven innings while fanning three.
The Stars opened the second game the way they closed the first.
A five-run first inning spotted them a lead they weren’t able to hold onto, due in part to eight errors.
Vanessa Cleveland took the loss after surrendering three hits and seven runs over 5 1/3 innings. The senior -- who tossed a complete game on Tuesday -- struck out seven and walked five, but exited the game after the last of her free passes.
“You could tell she was getting tired,” he said. “The speed was coming off her pitches. She was losing control towards the end of the fourth.”
Tatiana Allen earned the victory for the Bears, fanning 12 and walking nine over seven solid innings.
Jezorski scored three runs for the Stars, who will play another doubleheader with Kodiak beginning at 3 p.m. today.
“We’re shaking the jitters off,” Cleveland said. “We’re going to hit the open spaces and tighten up on defense and we’ll be fine.”
BEARS 7, STARS 5, Game 1
Kodiak 210 103 0 -- 7 4 2
SoHi 000 000 5 -- 5 10 4
Hackett and Filburn; Lindley and Madden. W Hackett. L -- Lindley. 2B -- SoHi: Gardner, Jezorski, Maryott.
BEARS 17, STARS 8, Game 2
Kodiak 003 445 1 -- 17 10 1
SoHi 510 001 1 -- 8 4 8
Allen and Schultz; Cleveland, Gardner (5), Lindley (5) and Romberg. W -- Allen. L -- Cleveland. 2B -- Kodiak: Schultz.
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