Baseball team remains winless after S. Oregon trip

Sweet Home baseball lost two games in Talent on March 28, falling to 3A North Valley 9-7 and 11-1 to 4A-Division Phoenix.

Sweet Home (0-5) jumped out to a lead first against North Valley (3-3), when Lewis Conn hit a two-run home run in the first inning. But the Knights bounced back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to go up 3-2.

In the top of the second, Sweet Home regained the lead, when Conn walked in Daniel Goodwin and Kayden Gutierrez scored on a passed ball. North Valley would score again to make the score 4-4 after two innings.

The Huskies scored three in the third inning. Kaden Zajic scored on a wild pitch and Gutierrez singled to knock in Jon Holly and Dylan Luttmer. But the Knights clawed back into the driver’s seat, scoring one in the bottom of the third and four in the fourth inning to take a 9-7 lead. The game was over after four innings due to a rule that a new inning couldn’t start after an hour and a half of game play.

Conn started the game for the Huskies, going three innings and allowing five runs on five hits while striking out two. Gutierrez and Jake Sieminski entered the game from the bullpen, throwing two thirds of an inning and one third of an inning, respectively.

Gutierrez led Sweet Home with two hits in two at-bats.

Each team had two hits in the game. Sweet Home committed one error while North Valley had none.

Sweet Home struck first against Phoenix (3-3), but after that it was all Pirates. The Huskies’ lone run came in the first inning, when Holly singled to score Conn. But Phoenix scored five runs in their half of the frame, two in the second inning, one in the fourth and three in the fifth to win 11-1. The game ended in the fifth inning.

Phoenix outhit Sweet Home 10-4, and had no errors while Sweet Home had three. Valloni led the Huskies with two hits in three at-bats.

Holly started the game on the mound, allowing eight runs on eight hits over four innings, striking out five. Christian Dominy threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen.

This week the Huskies hosted Marshfield (3-5) on Tuesday, April 4. They also host Cottage Grove (2-3) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6. They start next week against Philomath (2-3) at home at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 10.