Cascade snags Husky league spot

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It looked like the Huskies had a lock on second place in Capital Conference baseball standings, but Cascade rallied in the sixth inning Monday night to win 10-5 at Cascade.

“We had a 5-2 lead in the sixth inning, and things were looking good,” Coach Dan Tow said. “But they got a few hits and a couple walks, and that got things started for them.

“We had a couple mistakes in the inning that really hurt, and they broke it open.

“Brent Smith pitched a great game for us. We just couldn’t hang on for him. This was just a really tough loss. Our kids played hard and were disappointed; but we just have to bounce back and get ready for a league playoff at our place.”

Smith, the starting pitcher, struck out eight Cascade batters and walked three. Bryce Beard pitched and relief and was listed as the losing pitcher. Travis Hayes was the winning pitcher.

At bats, Carey Hintze went 3-4 with a homerun and two RBIs. Tyler Emmert went 1-3 with an RBI. Beard went 1-3 with a solo homerun. Brandon Martin, Travis Smith and Donny Cliver all singled.

The Huskies will host North Marion and Stayton in the first game of league playoffs. They will play the winner for third place in the league. The third-place winner will travel to another league’s second-place finisher in the first round of state playoffs.

Going into Monday’s game, the Huskies were tied with Cascade for second behind Sisters. The winner of the game, Cascade, automatically moves on to state playoffs and will host a third-place team from another league in the first round.

The Huskies are scheduled for the playoff game on Friday, Coach Tow said, but there is a chance it will be rescheduled to Thursday. He expected to know the schedule for sure on Tuesday, after press time. Persons may call the high school at 367-7142 for more information.

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