Baseball team blanked by Newport, beats Taft

Sweet Home’s baseball team opened its Val-Co League season last week with a 10-4 win over Taft, then lost 7-0 to Newport, one of the top teams in the state. Both games were on the road.

The Huskies are scheduled to travel to Philomath Thursday, April 12, and then will host Marist for a double-header on Saturday, April 14, at noon.

Newport 7, Sweet Home 0

Newport, which lost 5-4 to Philomath in their league opener on Tuesday for the Cubs’ first loss of the season, jumped on Sweet Home starting pitcher Kyle Pettit early Thursday, leading 5-0 after three innings. Pettit gave up 11 hits as the Cubs scored three runs in the first inning and two in the third. Sweet Home also committed four errors to add to its problems.

Chase Meister and Eddie Crowe held the Huskies to three hits, with Meister getting the victory.

“I thought Kyle Pettit competed very hard for us on the mound and our kids battled out there,” said Coach Dan Tow. We made a few mistakes and they capitalized on them. We didn’t get much offense either and that’s a credit to their pitching staff.

“Newport has a very good ball club and they hit the ball well.”

Robbie Wallace, Tyler Horner and Chaz Davis contributed a hit apiece for the Huskies.

Sweet Home 000 000 0 – 0 3 4

Newport 302 002 x – 7 11 1

Sweet Home 10, Taft 4

Adam Hummer had a big day for the Huskies, striking out 10 and contributing a solo home run.

Sweet Home took it to the Tigers in the first inning, scoring four runs, and led 6-0 after two innings before Taft battled back into the game.

The Tigers scored two runs each in the third and fourth innings, before the Huskies got their bats going again in the top of the fifth and added three more runs. Sweet Home scored one more in the top of the seventh.

Hummer recorded the win for the Huskies, and went 2 for 3 at the plate. Other offensive contributors were Robby Wallace (2-3, two singles, two RBIs), Tyler Horner (3-4, three singles) Skyler Bascom (2-4, solo home run) and Brinden Sanders (2-3).

“Adam Hummer pitched a nice game and all of our hitters did a good job,” Tow said. “We had a lot of guys come through at the plate.”

Sweet Home 402 030 1 – 10 13 3

Taft 002 200 0 – 4 9 6