Stars finish 1-3 in Anchorage trek

Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Soldotna softball team went 1-3 on a road trip to Anchorage on Friday and Saturday.

All the games were nonconference games, and left the Stars at 9-10 overall. On Friday, Soldotna lost to Chugiak 11-10 in four innings before beating West 6-1 in five innings. On Saturday, Soldotna lost to Bartlett 6-5 in five innings before losing to South 10-9 in five innings.

"It was a very good weekend for us," Soldotna coach Dave Cleveland said. "We always enjoy coming up to Anchorage. Chugiak and Bartlett are one, two in the conference up here. They are two tough teams.

"If we could have cleaned up a few mental errors here and there, we could have been on top of most of these teams."

In the Chugiak game, the Mustangs scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to steal away the win. Savannah Hegge pitched all four innings for the Stars, giving up six unearned runs, eight hits and four walks while striking out six.

On offense, Mariah Darrow was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Brianna VinZant was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, Hegge was 2-for-3 with a double and Natalie Kress was 2-for-3.

"When we have a little mistake, the whole team seems to get down," Cleveland said. "We just need to play through the mistake."

In the victory over West, Hegge pitched the first three innings and gave up no runs on a hit while striking out two. Nikki Hegge finished up for her sister and gave up a run on two hits.

VinZant was 3-for-3 with a triple, Savannah Hegge was 2-for-3 and Mariah Darrow was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

In the Bartlett game, Savannah Hegge pitched all five innings and gave up six runs -- three earned -- on two hits while striking out five. The Stars were up 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth but the Bears rallied for the victory.

On offense, Savannah Hegge was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Amandra Cobb was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Kress was 2-for-2 with a double.

In the South game, the Stars were up 7-0 before the Wolverines came to bat in the bottom of the third. South scored all 10 of its runs in that frame to turn the game around.

VinZant pitched the first three innings and yielded all 10 runs. One of the runs was unearned.

"They just got their timing down against her in the third," Cleveland said.

On offense, Hegge was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Lacey Norman was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a double, and VinZant was 3-for-4.

The Stars will play at Kenai at 5 p.m. Monday in a nonconference game.

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