Huskies fall in softball after Stayton gets away

Sweet Home’s softball players watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 12-2 loss on the road at conference-leading Stayton on Wednesday.

The Eagles (15-2) exploded for nine runs in the first inning, knocking starting pitcher Makayla Guthrie out of the game after she had only recorded one out.

Remarkably, despite Stayton’s scoring spree, Guthrie did not allow a single earned run in the first inning, as it was Sweet Home’s five errors in that frame that really cost the Huskies.

“Unfortunately, defensively, we did not perform at our highest level that we have the ability to,” said Head Coach Karyn Hartsook, whose team is now 9-4 and third in the 4A-3 Oregon West Conference.

Guthrie allowed three hits and walked two in the inning, before Maddie Harris took over in the circle.

The senior hurler pitched four innings in relief, striking out seven while allowing three earned runs and three hits. Harris walked four.

Jessica Rule pitched a five inning complete game for the Eagles, giving up two earned runs and just three hits while striking out six batters.

“She throws more than one pitch and she’s probably one of the stronger ones in our league. She does a good job,” Hartsook said of Rush.

Sweet Home got its two runs in the top of the third. Brooke Burke grounded out to the second baseman, scoring Harris. Then Chloe Fairchild singled to left field, scoring Mykal Johnston.

Stayton answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. They then tacked on one more in the bottom of the fifth to put the ten-run rule into effect and win the game.

Sweet Home had three hits on the day, with Harris, Fairchild, and Guthrie getting one apiece. Stayton had six hits. The Huskies had seven errors in all to Stayton’s one.

“We just have to put our hitting together time and time again,” Hartsook said. “When we can do that, we’re going to be good.”

Sweet Home is back in action this week with three road games. They play at Cascade (11-3) on Wednesday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. The next day, they play at Woodburn (0-9) at 4:30 p.m. The week of softball wraps up with a game at Philomath (5-7) on Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m.