Soldotna softballers take weekend series

Posted: Monday, June 05, 2000

The Soldotna Big League Softball team had a successful weekend on the diamond, taking two out of three games from Wasilla Saturday and Sunday.

The team, made up of 16- to 18-year-old players from Soldotna, Kenai and Homer, defeated the visiting Warriors 16-6 in the first game of the series, dropped the second game 7-5, but came back to win Sunday's rubber match 11-7.

"In those last two games, both teams played really good defense," said Soldotna coach Tom Sparks. "We had really good pitching and really good defense."

Christy Walkden picked up the win in the first game with some help out of the bullpen from Jamie Carr and Sandra Mize.

Sarah Christensen went 4-for-4 in the game with four steals and three runs, Kari Dudley scored three runs on a double and three walks and Morgan Mize went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

J.R. Zufelt and Morgan Mize both went 2-for-3 in a losing effort in game two. Zufelt scored three runs and stole four bases.

Carr took the loss while Jessica Foster made a relief appearance in a game that went back and forth.

Soldotna trailed Wasilla 5-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning in the final game, but rallied for seven runs in the inning to take the lead.

Sandra Mize started the rally with a single, and after a pair of walks, Jessica Carr knocked in a pair of runs with a base hit.

Foster kept the inning going with a well-placed bunt that scored two runs while Wasilla was throwing the ball around the infield, and Sandra Mize returned to the plate to round out the inning's scoring with an RBI single.

Following Soldotna's rally, Walkden took the mound to shut the door and secure the win.

Soldotna, now 2-4 overall, will travel to Anchorage to play a series against a combined Service-Dimond team.

Soldotna is back at home for a June 17 and 18 series against the Service team.

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