The Soldotna softball team defeated host Kenai Central 14-3 in six innings on Monday in Northern Lights Conference action.
The Stars scored 12 runs in the top of the sixth inning to key the victory. Soldotna is now 1-0 in the league and 3-2 overall, while the Kardinals fall to 0-2 in the league and 0-2 overall.
"Both teams played very well for five innings," Kenai coach Mark King said. "On both sides of the ball, offense and defense, there was good play all the way around."
Nikki Hegge pitched the first two innings for the Stars, giving up two hits and no runs while striking out two. Briana VinZant finished up, tossing three innings and giving up three runs on six hits.
Alysha Shaginoff went the distance for the Kardinals, giving up 15 hits.
"Alysha is a good pitcher," Soldotna coach Dave Cleveland said. "It took us some time to get our timing down."
Soldotna put the game away in the sixth inning with a rally started by Brittnie Thayer, who had two hits in the inning.
"We had a couple errors," King said. "Once there was a few errors, it took them some time to get their feet under them."
Also for the Stars, Alisah Kress was 2-for-5 with three RBIs, a double and two runs, VinZant was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs and Natalie Kress was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
For Kenai, Sarah Bressler had a two-run double.
"All the girls were hitting the ball pretty good," King said. "They were just hitting them right at them."
King said staying with the Stars for five innings is a step forward for his program.
"I think we showed we can be competitive with them if we keep our cool," King said.
Soldotna travels to Homer for a conference game at 6 p.m. today. Meanwhile, Kenai will play Skyview at 5 p.m. at the Soldotna Little League fields.
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