The Soldotna High School softball team showed it belonged in the league Tuesday, going into extra innings before state power Homer prevailed 4-3 in a Northern Lights Conference game.
While the Mariners were the home team, the game was played at Guy Hayes Field in Soldotna due to poor field conditions in Homer.
Jess Jezorski scored for the Stars in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at three, reaching with a single and stealing second. Jezorski advanced to third on hit and scored her second run of the game on a passed ball.
Homer was able to plate the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth inning, however.
“It was a great game. The girls played great. It went to extra innings, we had tough defense, good hitting, good baserunning,” said Soldotna coach Dave Cleveland.
Cleveland also praised Sierra Madden, who returned to the lineup in the second inning to catch after missing time after an appendectomy.
Vanessa Cleveland pitched eight innings for the Stars, striking out six batters. Cleveland also hit a double and scored a run.
“Practice has been very good over the last few days, with overall improvement from everybody. Those first two games weren’t indicative of the talent we have here,” Dave Cleveland said, referring to a pair of lopsided losses to the Mariners last week.
“It’s a tough loss, but that’s a good team we played against, and we have a good team too,” he said.
Homer 4, Soldotna 3, 8 innings
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Cleveland and Gardner, Madden (2); Baechler, Greiner (5), Baechler (8) and Fell, Creamer. 2B Cleveland.
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