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Soldotna Big League softball sweeps East

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2000

The Soldotna Big League softball team, a group of 16- to 18-year-olds from Soldotna, Kenai and Homer, swept host East Sunday by scores of 12-3 and 24-23.

East had defeated Soldotna three times the previous week, but Soldotna was able to earn the sweep even though it was missing its top two pitchers.

Jessica Foster started for Big League in the first game and gave up three runs and a walk in four innings while striking out two.

Morgan Mize then came on to pitch three scoreless innings.

On offense, Big League was sparked by the return of Carisa Sparks to the lineup. Sparks went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs.

Sara Christensen also was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Soldotna, while Mize helped her own cause by going 2-for-3.

In the second game, Big League's lack of pitching caught up to it, but the side was able to prevail in a slugfest, 24-23.

Soldotna was down 16-6 in the third inning, but the tide began to turn when Foster came in and shut East down for three innings.

Morgan Mize also pitched an inning and Kari Dudley recorded the final out in the top of the seventh for the victory.

On the offensive side of the game, J.R. Zufelt played a big role in getting Soldotna back in the game by collecting two home runs, two singles and five RBIs.

Also for Big League, Dudley was 3-for-4, Sparks was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, Jennifer Stout had two hits and Foster was 3-for-4 with a home run and a triple.

Tera Kendrick also played a big role in the victory with two hits, two key RBIs in the sixth inning and an over-the-shoulder catch on the run that robbed East of more runs.

The game was tied 23-23 in the bottom of the seventh when Foster engineered the winning rally by tripling and scoring on a passed ball.



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