Baseball: Close losses to Philomath keep Huskies looking for ‘W’

Still looking to get into the win column for the first time this season, Sweet Home’s baseball team was swept by Philomath in a two-home one-away series last week, falling in two of the games by just one run.

Sweet Home lost the first game of an April 13 doubleheader at home 9-8 to the Warriors, then dropped the second game 22-11. Two days later, Sweet Home lost on the road to Philomath 3-2, falling to 0-9 on the season, while the Warriors improved to 8-3.

Sweet Home was able to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first game of the series. They were up 7-6 going into the final frame before the Warriors scored three runs in the seventh inning.

Kaden Zajic took the loss on the mound for the Huskies. Lewis Conn and Kelso Ellis also pitched in the game.

Both teams had seven hits in the affair. Ellis led the Huskies in hits with two singles.

The second game of the doubleheader was decidedly more lopsided, with Philomath putting up 22 runs. Despite being doubled on the scoreboard, Sweet Home actually outhit Philomath 12-8 in the game.

Multiple Huskies had a big game at the plate. Jon Holly hit a home run as well as a single. Casey Valloni hit three doubles and a single. Conn had two singles and a double.

Holly was the losing pitcher on the mound.

In the final game of the series on the road, Sweet Home was down 3-1 going into the final frame and was only able to score one run that inning.

Zajic and Ellis pitched for the Huskies. Zajic also recorded Sweet Home’s only hit of the day, a single. Philomath also lacked offense in the pitching duel, getting just two hits of its own.

On Monday, April 17, Sweet Home lost at North Marion (8-4, No. 6) 14-2. Stats were not available before press time.

This week the Huskies play North Marion twice more, at home at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 and on the road at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. They then take on Stayton (7-3, No. 4) at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 24.

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