Huskies beat Cascade 12-9 for first OWC baseball win

The ball finally bounced in the Sweet Home baseball team’s favor last Thursday, as the Huskies beat a Cascade team that they had previously lost two games to that week by a score of 12-9.

The win was the first of the season for Sweet Home (1-17) and broke a losing streak of 19 games that started on May 11 of last year.

In the win, Sweet Home’s bats saved a poor defensive outing in which the Huskies committed six errors while their opponents were perfect in the field. Sweet Home outhit Cascade 12-8, and was up 12-3 going into the final inning, enough of a cushion to still hold on as the Cougars (6-14) put up six runs in the top of the seventh to make the game close down the stretch.

Jon Holly pitched six innings for Sweet Home, giving up three earned runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking four. In relief, Kayden Gutierrez recorded one out while giving up one earned run on one hit. Kayden Zajic was able to record the final two outs of the game while not allowing a hit.

Lewis Conn had an impressive day at the plate, hitting a two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the fifth. Conn also had a single, going 2-3 with four RBIs while drawing two walks.

Christian Dominy had two singles on his way to three RBIs. Zajic, Trenton Smith and Kelso Ellis each had a double in the game.

Sweet Home was not as successful on the road the day before, losing to the Cougars 6-3.

The game was tied at 2-2 until Cascade put up three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, and Sweet Home was unable to catch up. Cascade outhit Sweet Home 8-7, while the Cougars committed two errors to Sweet Home’s one.

Ellis started on the mound for the Huskies, pitching four innings and giving up five earned runs on seven hits, while striking out two and walking two. Dominy pitched two innings, giving up one earned run on one hit while striking out two and walking three.

In addition to starting the game on the mound, Ellis made an impact at the plate, hitting two doubles, one of which was good for an RBI.

Dylan Luttmer also had an RBI double in the game, and Smith had the team’s third RBI on a single.

Sweet Home lost 12-5 at Newport on Monday, May 8. Statistics were not available by press time.

This week, the Huskies wrap up their season by playing at Newport (13-8, No. 9) at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 before hosting the Cubs in the season finale at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11.

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