The Soldotna softball team exacted revenge for a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Kodiak on Wednesday by taking two straight from the Bears on Thursday.
Vanessa Cleveland pitched a complete-game, five hitter and the Stars scored twice in the bottom of the seventh in pulling out a 6-5 victory in Game 1 and then went on to beat Kodiak, 8-2, in the second game.
“It’s great to get two wins, conference wins especially. Kodiak’s a good team,” said SoHi coach Dave Cleveland. “We did what we talked about executed better, cut down on errors, picked up on hitting and ran the bases smarter. We just need to carry that into next week.”
Cleveland who was also 2-for-4 with a triple earned the win in the opener, striking out nine and walking only three, while Rachel Norton took the loss for the Bears after allowing nine hits and nine walks.
Mariah Darrow also went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs for the Stars, who owned a 4-0 lead after the first but trailed by one entering the final frame.
“They’re coming together,” he said. “We finally put together a pretty good game.”
SoHi (2-3) carried that momentum into Game 2 as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first and held on for the dominating victory.
Freshman Kaitlin Wehrli earned the win after scattering two runs on two hits over three innings while fanning two.
“She came in and did an outstanding job,” he said. “She did very well.”
Rachael Maryott was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs for the Stars, who travel to Seward on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at noon.
“I’m happy with the team overall,” Cleveland said. “They played hard today, played tough.”
STARS 6, BEARS 5, Game 1
Kodiak 001 013 0 5 5 1
SoHi 400 000 2 6 9 3
Norton and Filburn; Cleveland and Madden. W Cleveland. L Norton. 3B Soldotna: Cleveland.
STARS 8, BEARS 2, Game 2
Kodiak 020 000 0 2 3 3
SoHi 510 002 x 8 7 2
Hegge, Allen (4) and Filburn; Wehrli, Lindley (4), Cleveland (6) and Romberg. W Wherli. L Hegge. 2B Soldotna: Maryott.
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