A single by Soldotna’s Carlin Meyer lands just out of the reach of Kenai Central shortstop Patricia Catacutan on Friday, May 5, 2017, at Steve Shearer Memorial Ball Park in Kenai. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

A single by Soldotna’s Carlin Meyer lands just out of the reach of Kenai Central shortstop Patricia Catacutan on Friday, May 5, 2017, at Steve Shearer Memorial Ball Park in Kenai. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna softball topples Kenai

Energy on offense carried the Soldotna softball team to a 23-9 victory over Kenai Central in four innings Friday in Southcentral Conference play at Steve Shearer Memorial Ball Park in Kenai.

The Stars moved to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the league, while the Kards fell to 0-2 in the league and 2-6 overall.

Facing hard-throwing Kenai Central righty Cierra King, the Stars scored by getting discipline, and at least one run, from every spot in the order.

“We had great patience at the plate,” Soldotna coach Kelli Knoebel said. “We trusted our zone and understood what pitch we wanted to go after.

“We didn’t get down after we had a strike.”

The Stars were able to work King for 14 walks in the game, but their nine hits show that they weren’t merely sitting at the plate with the bat on their shoulders. King also had four strikeouts.

“We had a lot of excitement on offense,” Knoebel said. “The bench, the fans, everybody was getting behind us and we used that energy.”

The Stars led 5-2 after the first inning and then struck for seven runs in the top of the second for all the cushion they would need.

Of the 23 runs, 12 were earned. Kenai coach John Manley said his squad’s defense was good for the most part, but that’s not good enough against Soldotna.

“I knew this would be a tough game,” Manley said. “We had a couple of things go badly, and you can’t do bad things against a team like that.”

For SoHi, Jazi Larrow reach four times and scored four runs, while Ashley McDonald reached four times and scored three runs, and Darcy Blume was 2 for 5 with four runs and three RBIs.

Also for the Stars, Ember Lohrke had two runs and two RBIs, Taylor Earll had two runs and two RBIs, Carlin Mayer had three runs, Tara Lynn Frates was 2 for 3 with three runs, Alicia McClelland was 1 for 2 with a run and an RBI, and Casey Earll had two runs.

Danielle Hills worked all four innings on the mound for the Stars, walking nine, striking out five, hitting one and yielding four hits.

“She had good composure on the mound and stuck to her routine,” Knoebel said. “Having Carlin behind the plate helped. Carlin did a great job.”

Manley said he was happy with the team’s play on offense.

“When we got them on, we got them in, they just got more on than we did,” he said. “When you get nine runs against Soldotna, you’re doing something.”

Emily Koziczkowski was 3 for 3 with three runs and five RBIs for the Kardinals, while Alyssa Stanton had three runs, Patricia Catacutan had two runs, Savannah Jones was 1 for 2 with an RBI and Fiona Heath had a run.

Manley said Jones had to play third base due to an injury and she held up well with the transition.

“The girls didn’t give up,” Manley said. “They hung in there. They’re getting better.”

Homer finishes 1-3 at Blue and Gold Battle in Anchorage

The Homer softball team finished 1-3 at the Blue and Gold Battle in Anchorage on Friday and Saturday.

Friday, Homer opened the tournament with a 15-1 loss to Dimond. The Lynx got to Annalynn Brown for 14 runs in two innings before getting one run off Annali Metz in an inning.

Elsie Smith had a hit and a run for Homer, while Briana Hetrick had a hit and an RBI, and Malina Fellows added a hit.

The Mariners then dropped a lopsided game to Palmer on Friday.

Saturday, Homer notched a 13-3 victory over the Krush, an Under-16 team with the Anchorage Softball Association.

Brown pitched 3 2-3 innings, giving up a run on three hits while striking out five and walking four.

Metz finished with 1 1-3 innings, giving up two runs on a hit while walking one.

Mary Hana Bowe was 2 for 3 with three runs and two RBIs, while Malina Fellows was 2 for 2 with three runs. Also for Homer, Elsie Smith had two runs, Briana Hetrick had two runs and Rylee Doughty had three runs.

Homer then concluded the tournament with a loss to Service.

Danielle Hills delivers a pitch Friday, May 5, 2017, against Kenai Central at Steve Shearer Memorial Ball Park in Kenai. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Danielle Hills delivers a pitch Friday, May 5, 2017, against Kenai Central at Steve Shearer Memorial Ball Park in Kenai. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Central starting pitcher Cierra King fires home Friday, May 5, 2017, against Soldotna at Steve Shearer Memorial Ball Park in Kenai. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Central starting pitcher Cierra King fires home Friday, May 5, 2017, against Soldotna at Steve Shearer Memorial Ball Park in Kenai. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

More in Sports

Kenai Central's Sawyer Vann controls Nikiski's Wyatt Maguire at 125 pounds Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. Vann notched a 7-6 victory. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Area wrestlers collect mat time before Thanksgiving break

Area wrestlers got in some mat time Tuesday before the Thanksgiving break.… Continue reading

Assistant coach Taylor Shaw leads the Kenai River Brown Bears during a game Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears start search for new head coach

The Kenai River Brown Bears issued a press release Friday about staff… Continue reading

Soldotna junior Liam Babitt holds a grip on South Anchorage’s Britten Hamilton during the 215-pound final of the Lancer Smith Fall Varsity 2021 Invite on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at the Menard Arena in Wasilla, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)
Soldotna crowns 4 champions at Lancer Smith

The Soldotna wrestling team finished fourth Friday and Saturday at the Lancer… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Bryce Monrean tries to find a way through the defense of the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues during a first-period power play Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Jr. Blues come back to take series from Bears

The Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues lost not only a 2020-21 season to… Continue reading

tease
Hockey roundup: SoHi sweeps in Kodiak; West wins End of Road tourney

The Soldotna hockey team swept Kodiak in the first high school games… Continue reading

A brown bear feeds on a salmon. (Photo by C. Canterbury/USFWS)
Refuge Notebook: Bears, uniquely built to respond to winter

With the new snow and temperatures dipping into the single digits, you… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Caden Warren surveys the ice against West at the End of the Road Tournament at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Kenai, Homer hockey lose to open tourney

The Kenai Central and Homer hockey teams both opened the End of… Continue reading

Caden Triggs of the Kenai River Brown Bears celebrates his first-period goal against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears topple Jr. Blues

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion The Kenai River Brown Bears received two… Continue reading

Most Read