Thursday softball: Homer picks up 3 NLC wins on road

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The visiting Kenai Central softball team was swept by Palmer in Northern Lights Conference play Thursday, falling to 4-17 overall and 2-6 in the league.

The first game was a 10-2 loss and went five innings.

Avery Ellis pitched 3 1-3 innings for Kenai, giving up seven runs on six hits. Kyana Griskevich went the final 1 1-3 innings, giving up three runs — one earned — on two hits.

At the plate for the Kards, Caitlyn Crapps and Ellis each went 2 for 3 with a run scored.

The second game was an 8-4 loss in seven innings.

Palmer overcame a big performance at the plate from Griskevich. She hit a pair of home runs in knocking in three runs. Ellis also went 2 for 4 for Kenai.

The Kardinals led 3-0 after the bottom of the third inning, but Palmer tied it up in the top of the fifth.

In the seventh, the Moose scored five runs, but Kenai could only answer with one.

Lola McEwen gave up three runs on 11 hits in six innings for the Kardinals. Griskevich gave up five runs on a hit in an inning.

Colony 7, Soldotna 4

The host Knights notched a nonconference victory Thursday to drop the Stars to 15-8 overall.

Colony scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 5-1 lead, but the Stars cut the gap to 5-4 after the top of the third.

The Knights scored one in the third and fourth innings to sew up the victory.

Bailey Conner did most of the damage at the plate for SoHi by knocking in three runs and going 1 for 3. Tatum Cooper, Alyssa McDonald and Bella Gares had the other hits for the Stars.

Kathryn DeBardelaben went all four innings for Soldotna, giving up seven runs — five earned — on five hits while walking five and striking out one.

Homer wins three

The Mariners notched three Northern Lights Conference wins on the road Thursday, sweeping Houston and taking one from Redington.

Homer is now 5-3 in the league and 12-16-2 overall.

A 17-5 victory over Houston went five innings. Homer led 10-1 after the third inning, then tacked on seven more in the fifth inning.

At the plate for the Mariners, Julie Guess was 2 for 3 with three runs, Emily Owens was 2 for 3 with three runs, Becca Trowbridge was 3 for 4 with two runs, Charlotte Fraley had two runs and two RBIs, Keagan Niebuhr had two RBIs, Lexi Sweeney was 3 for 4, Sydney Shelby had two runs and two RBIs, and Natalie Hinsberger scored twice.

Trowbridge went 4 2-3 innings, giving up five runs — four earned — on three hits.

An 11-8 victory over Houston lasted five innings. Homer trailed 6-5 entering the bottom of the fourth, but got six runs in that frame to permanently take the lead.

Owens was 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs, while Fraley was 2 for 2 with two runs, Alaiyah Brost had two RBIs, Sweeney was 2 for 3, and Hinsberger had three RBIs.

Niebuhr gave up four runs — three earned — in 2 2-3 innings, while Trowbridge gave up four runs — three earned — in 2 1-3 innings.

The 22-5 victory over Redington went just three innings. Homer scored 11 runs in both the first and second innings to dominate the game.

Owens had a monster performance at the plate, going 4 for 4 with three runs and eight RBIs.

Also for the Mariners, Guess was 2 for 2 with four runs, Fraley was 2 for 3 with four runs, Trowbridge was 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs, Niebuhr was 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs, Brost scored twice, Sweeney was 2 for 3 with two runs, and Autumn Jones scored twice.

Trowbridge worked three innings for Homer, giving up five runs on three hits.

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