The Soldotna softball team finished 1-3 on a Friday and Saturday trip to Anchorage.
On Friday, the Stars lost to Dimond 4-2 in five innings, then lost to Service 7-6 in 4 1-2 innings. On Saturday, SoHi lost to West 8-3 in six innings and toppled Eagle River 17-2 in five innings. All games were played with a time limit.
"I think we've improved a lot in the last six games, including the two against Juneau," SoHi coach Dave Cleveland said. "We've been seeing very good pitching and I've been happy with the way the girls are making contact."
Against Dimond, Nikki Hegge pitched the first four innings and gave up four unearned runs, while Briana VinZant pitched the last two innings.
Cleveland said he should have left the Peninsula two hours earlier in order to give his team time to relax before the game.
Against Service, Hegge gave up just one run in two innings, but VinZant gave up six runs -- only three earned.
The fourth inning was the difference in the game. The Stars gave up six runs while committing five errors.
VinZant was 1-for-2 at the plate and scored twice, while Alisah Kress was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and Amandra Cobb was 1-for-2 with two runs.
Against West, VinZant pitched the first 2 1-3 innings before Jordan Sass took a liner to the arm and had to leave the game. VinZant went to third base. Hegge pitched the last 3 2-3 innings and gave up seven runs -- three earned.
This time, it was the third inning, when West scored seven runs, that hurt the Stars. Cobb was 3-for-3 while Kara Schaefer had a run and a hit.
Against Eagle River, VinZant pitched the whole game and gave up two runs -- one earned.
"I think they were tired of losing by two or three runs," Cleveland said. "It gets old."
At the plate, VinZant was 2-for-2 with three runs; Alisah Kress was 2-for-3 with a run; Kaycee Munn was 2-for-2 with an RBI and three runs; Cobb was 2-for-3 with four runs, two RBIs and a stolen base; and Natalie Kress was 3-for-4 with three runs, two doubles and four RBIs.
SoHi plays Skyview on Monday at 4 p.m. at Guy and Judy Hayes Field.
Homer plays at Sitka Tournament
The Homer softball team played in a tournament in Sitka on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Thursday, Homer lost to Ketchikan 12-3 and then lost to Sitka 10-1. Homer had three hits against Ketchikan and two hits against Sitka.
On Friday, Homer lost 10-7 to Thunder Mountain before defeating Kodiak 10-6. Against Thunder Mountain, Hannah LaRue had a double and a triple, while Ashley Ketelle also had two hits.
Against Kodiak, Homer snapped a 5-all tie in the bottom of the fifth inning with four runs. LaRue was solid in relief, pitching the final three innings and giving up three hits and one unearned run. At the plate, Brooke DeVaney had three hits, while Monica Davis had two hits.
Homer lost its final game of the tournament on Saturday.
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