The Kodiak High School softball team pushed their winning streak to eight games with a pair of victories on the first day of the Rally in the Valley Thursday in Wasilla.
In the first game, Kodiak jumped out to an 8-0 lead and held on for a 9-7 win over Lathrop. In the nightcap, the Bears rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Delta 6-4.
Both games were played under a 65-minute time limit.
The Bears improved to 14-2 on the season.
“The same old story for us, the girls are hitting the ball,” Kodiak coach Tom Bolen said. “We have the bats working.”
Against Lathrop, Kodiak’s offense spotted pitcher Avery Kreischer an 8-0 lead in the top of the first. Lathrop, a Division I school out of Fairbanks, pulled to within two before time ran out in the third inning.
Aurora Berg drove in three and hit an inside-the-park home run, while Carly Glover roped a double and drove in three runs.
Cameron Bolen laced a triple and had an RBI, while Spear drove in one on a single.
Kreischer allowed seven runs — five earned — on five hits while striking out five and walking six in three innings.
Delta beat Kodiak twice earlier this season on The Rock during the Emerald Isle Invitational and it looked like the Huskies were going to prevail again on Thursday.
Down 4-1, the Bears scored five runs in the final inning to prevail. Senior Cameron Bolen triggered the rally with a triple to start the inning.
“She got it going with that blast to center to the fence,” Bolen said. “The girls just pulled it off.”
Berg lined a run-scoring triple, while Wetherleigh Griffin and Kreischer each drove in one on singles.
Kate Banks pitched two innings to earn the win. She allowed four runs on four hits while striking out three and walking eight.
Today, Kodiak plays Division I West Valley and North Pole.
KODIAK 23, HOUSTON 10
Kodiak pounded out 20 hits and scored in every frame to mercy rule Houston in five innings.
Every hitter in Kodiak’s lineup produced a hit, with Griffin leading the way with four singles, four RBIs and four runs scored.
Bolen went 3 for 4 with two inside-the-park home runs and four RBIs. Spear with 3 for 4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs.
Banks picked up the win, allowing 10 runs — eight earned — on nine hits while striking out seven and walking seven in five innings.
KODIAK 25, HOUSTON 10
Kodiak scored 25 unanswered runs to rally from a 10-run deficit to top Houston in three innings.
The Hawks opened the game with 10 runs in the top of the first inning off Kodiak starter Spear.
The Bears scored 18 in the first, four in the second and three in the third to end the game via the mercy rule.
Kodiak generated 21 hits — 14 for extra bases. Glover and Berg each collected four hits apiece. Berg, Bolen and Kreischer each drove in five runs.
Kreischer and Spear each blasted home runs, while Bolen had an inside-the-parker.
Banks authored 1.2 scoreless innings in relief of Spear. The left-hander struck out four and walked one.