Soldotna softball splits

Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Soldotna softball team lost a pair of games Friday to Chugiak before topping Bartlett twice Saturday in nonconference play at Guy and Judy Hayes Field.

Friday, the Mustangs defeated the Stars 8-1 and 4-0, both in six innings. In the first game, Nikki Hegge pitched for Soldotna and gave up seven earned runs on eight hits. She walked five. Briana VinZant pitched the second game and gave up three earned runs on nine hits while walking four.

SoHi's bats were silent, getting one hit in the first game and two hits in the second game.

"They just hit the ball," Soldotna coach Dave Cleveland said of the Mustangs. "They were timely hits, too."

Saturday, the Stars defeated Bartlett 8-3 in 4 1-2 innings and 14-4 in four innings.

VinZant picked up the win in the first game, striking out four, walking nine and giving up two hits. Jordan Sass was 2-for-3 with a run, two RBIs and a stolen base, and Kara Schaefer had a hit, walk, three stolen bases and an RBI.

Sass got her first varsity start in the second game and pitched two shutout innings before walking the bases loaded in the third. VinZant came in and two runs scored in the inning unearned. VinZant then gave up two runs in the fourth.

Alisah Kress was 2-for-2 with two runs and two walks; Amandra Cobb was 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base; Kaycee Munn was 2-for-4 with a ringing double off the outfield wall; Natalie Kress was 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and three stolen bases; Sass was 3-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and three stolen bases; and Schaefer was 1-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs.

"All of a sudden, the bats just woke up," Cleveland said.

The Stars are 10-8 overall and host Homer on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Homer softball faces Anchorage squads

The host Homer softball team defeated Bartlett twice on Friday before dropping a pair to Chugiak on Saturday in nonconference action. The Mariners are now 11-9 overall.

On Friday, Homer swept Bartlett, winning 6-5 in each game.

In the first game, the Mariners scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in a game that was stopped after six innings due to a time limit.

Ashley Ketelle was 2-for-3 with a run for Homer, while Brooke DeVaney was 2-for-2 with a run.

Kathleen McNary pitched the first five innings for Homer, giving up five runs, although just one was earned. Hannah Larue pitched a scoreless sixth inning.

In the second game, Homer led 6-3 going into the sixth inning, and held on as the Golden Bears scored two runs in the top of the sixth. The game lasted six innings due to a time limit.

Larue finished 2 for 3 with two runs. She also pitched 4 1-3 innings and gave up three runs on three hits. None of the runs were earned.

Saturday, Chugiak topped the Mariners 13-6 and 5-3.

Larue pitched five innings in the first game and gave up seven hits and nine runs, six of which were earned. McNary pitched the last two innings and gave up six unearned runs.

DeVaney led Homer's six-hit attack with two hits.

In the second game, Chugiak scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning in the six-inning game for the win.

Zoe Fogg pitched the first five innings for Homer and gave up three unearned runs on six hits. McNary pitched the final inning and gave up two earned runs on two hits.

Homer had two hits in the game.

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