The Soldotna softball team earned two Northern Lights Conference wins over Kodiak on Friday and Saturday in Kodiak. The Stars also split a pair of games with defending state champion East.
"This is the first time we've won a conference game in Kodiak," Soldotna coach Dave Cleveland said of the Soldotna program, which is now in its fifth year. "That first game on Friday is the first time all year we've put together all three phases of the game -- hitting, defense and pitching."
The Stars topped the Bears 10-5 on Friday. Savannah Hegge pitched six innings, giving up three hits and five runs while striking out six.
Cleveland said the key to the victory was offense.
"This is the best-hitting team we've had," he said. "When these girls decide to hit, they can hit."
In that first game against Kodiak, Mariah Darrow was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Savannah Hegge was 3-for-4 with two doubles, Amandra Cobb was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Natalie Kress was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Brittnie Thayer was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
The Stars followed that up by beating East 14-13 in four innings, coming back from a 12-5 deficit in the third.
Savannah Hegge got the start but gave up nine runs in 1 1-3 innings. Cleveland said the Stars did not back her up with good defense. Brianna VinZant pitched 1 2-3 innings and gave up two runs, while Nikki Hegge pitched the last inning and gave up two runs.
On offense, VinZant was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Alisah Kress was 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Darrow was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Cobb was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Thayer was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Alisah Kress ended the game with a walkoff triple.
On Saturday, the Stars topped the Bears 7-6 in six innings. Hegge pitched six innings and gave up six runs while striking out six. Alisah Kress was 3-for-4, Mysteri Turnbull had a key single to score the first run of the game and Darrow was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Stars closed the weekend by losing to East 17-2 in three innings.
"Those girls were tired," Cleveland said. "The tank was definitely on empty."
Soldotna is now 6-4 overall and 3-1 in the league. The Stars host Kenai for a key conference contest on Monday at 5 p.m.
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