The Kenai Central softball team dropped a pair of Northern Lights Conference games Monday in Kodiak.
The Kardinals (0-2 in the NLC, 0-3 overall) were shut out in the first game and the mercy rule was enacted after three innings. The Kardinals lost 14-2 in four innings in the second game in another game shortened by the run rule.
In the first game, John Manley said the Kards didn’t hit well. Pitchers Kaylee Lauritsen and Lexi Reis had some walks, but Manley added that Kodiak hit very well.
Lauritsen had a sore arm, so Reis pitched the second game.
“The second game was better,” Manley said. “As the game went on, she cut down on walks and we hit a little better.”
Zaharah Wilshusen and Nani Rapoza scored in the second game, while Nereid Phillips got the RBIs. Manley said Taylor Carver also had a nice hit.
On defense, Manley said Wilshusen was solid at short, while outfielders Andie Galloway in left, Amber Nash in right and Lauritsen in center all had nice catches.
“This was a step forward on improvement,” Manley said. “We have a lot of younger players and they’ll keep improving as we go along.”