Stars topple Kards

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jarret Urban went 3-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs and Josiah Covey was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, leading the Soldotna baseball team to an 11-8 win over host Kenai Central in Northern Lights Conference action Wednesday.

The Stars improve to 5-8 overall and 3-3 in the conference, while the Kardinals drop to 1-8 overall and 1-4 in the NLC.

"We're battling back," SoHi coach Roger Phillips said, referring to a recent stretch of improved play, sparked by consistent hitting. "We're getting ready for the region tournament, and even though our bats weren't as hot today, I am still happy with how we are swinging the bats."

The game was tied at 6 before the Stars, who notched 10 hits, used a four-run sixth to break it open. Gavin Larson hit a home run for the Stars, while Tyler Fritz went 2-for-3. Mason Kanakis was 1-for-2.

Covey faced 31 batters in six innings, striking out five, walking four and allowing eight earned runs. Fritz faced three batters in the seventh, earning the save.

"Josiah pitched a whale of a game," Phillips said.

For Kenai Central, AJ Hull took the loss in 5 2-3 innings on the mound. He also was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs.

Teammate Miles Jones was 1-for-4 with two RBIs, and Johnny Wilson finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. Robert Cockrell was 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Kards coach John Kennedy said his squad had two outs when the Stars scored four runs in the sixth. A pair of errors led to the scoring outburst, Kennedy added.

"Our own mistakes killed us," the coach said. "That's just the nature of the game. We made some crucial errors."

Despite the loss, Kennedy was pleased with the effort. He said the squad is better than it was at the beginning of the season.

SoHi hosts Colony at noon Saturday at Vern Gehrke Field. Kenai Central hosts Wasilla at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Kenai Little League fields.



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