Huskies Face Early Challenges in League, Remain Optimistic

Photo by Sky Chappell Jon Holley pitching during the April 10 game against Philomath.

The Sweet Home High School’s baseball team has had a challenging week during their first week of league, losing three games to Philomath (8-4) April 8, April 10 and April 11. 

Philomath is currently ranked 12th in the state. 

“Although the scores don’t look pretty, we played some good baseball this week,” head coach Evan Teter said. 

Along with spending practice time to clean up errors in the field the team experienced during the non-league season, the Huskies also have upped their effort on defense. 

“We have seen so much effort on defense; guys sacrificing their bodies, diving for the baseball,” Teter said. “We even had Jason Funk catch a ball while running into the outfield fence to end an inning and save some runs.”

In two of the three games, the Huskies were able to keep up, until Philomath pulled through in the later innings. 

Looking forward, the team has a full week against North Marion (10-2) who is currently placed second in the state, first, playing at home April 15, followed by an away game April 17, and wrapping it up with another home game April 18. 

Coach Teter is more than optimistic about these games stating, “We’re excited for another challenge next week as we face North Marion who is on top of our league standings, but we showed this week that we can hang with solid teams, because we are a solid baseball team ourselves.”