Kenai Central finished its inaugural softball season with a 13-1 win over visiting Skyview in 3 1-2 innings Wednesday in nonconference play. The Kardinals improved to 5-7 overall on the season. The Panthers, also in their first season, remain winless.
Team hitting keyed the victory, Kards head coach Mark King said.
"They hit good today," he said.
Kenai's Alysha Shaginoff pitched every inning. She had four strikeouts.
"Alysha pitched very good today," King said. "She did really well."
Liz Schoessler was on the mound for each inning for Skyview.
The Kards sealed the win with an eight-run third inning. They batted through the lineup before Skyview recorded the first out of the inning.
Hope Steffensen opened the floodgates when she scored on an overthrow to third base, giving Kenai a 6-1 lead. Sarah Bressler followed with a standup, RBI double. Samantha Little then drove in two runs with a single.
Mariah Huhndorf hit an RBI single after Mollie Cox, who went 3-for-3 in the game, singled to load the bases. Two runs scored, one on an overthrow, as a result of Huhndorf's hit. Huhndorf went 3-for-3 and had four RBIs on the day. Kenai scored two more runs before the third inning was over.
The Kards racked up three runs in the game's first inning. Cox had an RBI single to score Bressler for the game's first run. Huhndorf then singled to score Cox and Little.
Shaginoff and Huhndorf had RBIs in the second inning to give Kenai a 5-0 lead. Skyview's Stefany Malatesta had an RBI in the top of the third to score the Panthers' lone run.
Skyview head coach Steve Schoessler said his team's hitting was an improvement from the beginning of the season.
"They were hitting a lot more solid than they have all year," he said.
KK Smith had a good game at second base, Schoessler said.
Though Skyview lost focus at times when the errors mounted, Schoessler said his squad was relaxed for most of the game. Staying loose leads to better play, he said.
"I was real happy with the way they were having fun," Schoessler said.
Kenai, too, was relaxed, both fielding the ball and at bat, King said.
He said his team is playing with more confidence than in the early part of the season.
Overall, the first year of the program went well, King said.
"The whole team jelled really well," he said. "We just played stronger and stronger as the season progressed."
Kenai will graduate three seniors -- Cox, Shaginoff and Huhndorf -- from this year's team.
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