Kenai softball notches conference win over Kodiak

Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010

The host Kenai Central softball team split a pair of games with Kodiak on Saturday.

The Kardinals lost the first game 9-2 in six innings before taking the second game 11-8 in six innings.

"I'm very proud of the way the girls rebounded after the first game," Kenai coach Mark King said. "They just picked themselves up and played very well in the second game."

In the first game, Briana King pitched 2 1-3 innings and gave up one run. Alysha Shaginoff pitched the final 3 2-3 innings and gave up eight runs, but King said the team committed eight errors in the last two innings to cause many of those runs.

Mollie Cox provided the offensive spark in that game by going 2-for-3 with a double and triple.

In the second game, Shaginoff pitched the first inning and allowed five runs. Again, the defense behind her was patchy.

"In the first inning, we really committed a bunch of errors and I got on them afterward," King said. "I came uncorked. I told them they were being lazy."

His team responded. Cox took the mound and allowed just three runs in the remaining five innings.

At the plate, Sarah Bressler went 2-for-4, Sam Little went 3-for-4, Shaginoff went 3-for-4 and Cox was 2-for-4.

"Our bats came alive in the second game," King said.

Kenai will face Skyview at the Soldotna Little League fields on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Kodiak sweeps Skyview

The Bears notched a 12-0 victory in four innings and a 23-3 victory in three innings over the Panthers on Friday at the Soldotna Little League fields.

"We're still fairly young," said Skyview coach Steve Schoessler after his squad dropped to 0-5 overall. "We're still getting into the swing of it. I'm sure we'll improve as we go along."

In the first game, the Panthers did not get a hit, but were down just 2-0 after two innings before running into trouble in the third inning. KK Smith pitched the first three innings for Soldotna, while Liz Schoessler finished up the game. Coach Schoessler said Britanie Whipple did a good job at third base.

In the second game, Schoessler said his team loosened up and played a little better. Whipple pitched the first two innings, while Stefany Malatesta pitched the last inning. Schoessler said Dakota Cruse played well at third base.

Bri Pearson ripped a double for the lone hit of the game for the Panthers.

The Panthers host Homer for 4 and 6 p.m. games on Monday at the Soldotna Little League fields.

Soldotna goes 0-3 in Homer

Soldotna dropped a pair of games to Juneau-Douglas and one to Ketchikan over three games played Friday and Saturday in Homer. SoHi is now 8-7 overall.

The Kings defeated SoHi 9-4 in five innings on Friday.

"It was closer than the score indicated," SoHi head coach Dave Cleveland said. He said his team made a couple costly errors that led to runs for Ketchikan.

"The fourth inning was our downfall," Cleveland said.

SoHi had a 4-2 lead heading into the fourth, but the Kings scored six runs to take the lead.

"Except for that one inning, we played them really tight," Cleveland said.

Savannah Hegge pitched four innings. Out of the 26 batters she faced, Hegge had three strikeouts, gave up seven hits and four earned runs. Nikki Hegge pitched the fifth inning.

Juneau took two from the Stars on Saturday. In the first game, the Crimson Bears won 15-0.

"I've never had a good early morning team," Cleveland joked.

Juneau had 12 hits out of 25 at-bats. The game went just two and a half innings.

"They had a really good pitcher," Cleveland said.

Savannah was on the mound the entire game. She pitched well, but was just slightly off-center, Cleveland said.

"They were really hitting the ball," he said.

Juneau won the second game 14-6 in six innings. Cleveland said his girls regrouped and played much better in the second game.

Savannah was back on the mound for the Stars. She pitched 5 2/3 innings, facing 39 batters. She had seven strikeouts and nine earned runs.

"It was a big weekend for her," Cleveland said.

"We were playing well, they were just hitting the ball," he said.

Cleveland said his team had runners on second and third base twice, but left them stranded both times. The game was 10-6 heading into the sixth inning.

"It was good to go down there and play against these top-tier teams," Cleveland said. "The only way to get better is to play better teams."

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