The host Soldotna softball team defeated Kenai Central 9-1 on Monday behind a commanding performance from Savannah Hegge.
Hegge pitched six innings and did not give up any runs or hits while striking out eight. Soldotna moved to 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the Northern Lights Conference while Kenai is 2-3 overall and in the league.
"She was pitching really well," Soldotna coach Dave Cleveland said of Hegge. "She just got cold and started losing her control."
Nikki Hegge pitched the last inning and gave up an unearned run. The sisters did not yield any hits to the Kardinals.
"We hadn't faced anybody that threw as hard as her," Kenai coach Mark King said of Savannah Hegge. "It was good for the girls to get experience against somebody that throws as hard as her. We started timing her toward the end, we started making contact."
The Stars had a 6-0 lead after two innings. Alisah Kress was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a triple, Mariah Darrow was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and Amandra Cobb was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Molly Cox pitched 5 2-3 innings for the Kardinals and gave up six runs. Alysha Shaginoff went 1 1-3 innings and yielded three runs.
Soldotna closed in on earning a trip to state as one of the top two teams in the conference.
"We're in the driver's seat," Cleveland said. "We've just got to win a few more."
Soldotna will play Skyview on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Soldotna Little League fields. Kenai will host Kodiak in a Saturday doubleheader, with game times to be announced.
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