Huskies open strong on baseball diamond, going 3-1

Sweet Home 7, Junction City 4

Four days in a row, four games and three wins to start the season, the Huskies baseball team ended the week defeating Junction City 7-4 at home on Friday.

Junction City scored a run in the second followed immediately by six Husky runs. The Huskies added one more in the third. A three-run Junction City rally in the seventh failed to overcome the Huskies.

“J.P. Williams had an excellent outing on the mound while striking out six and only giving up two hits in six innings of work,” Coach Dan Tow said. “I also thought Andrew Winslow and Tyler Holly hit the ball very well today.

“Junction City made a few mistakes in the second inning, and we did a good job of taking advantage of those.”

Hitting, Winslow went 2-3 with a double and RBI. Holly went 2-4 with three RBIs. T.J. Sipe went 1-1.

Defensively, “we played a nice game until we lost our focus a bit in the seventh,” Tow said. “Fortunately, we had a six-run lead otherwise our throwing errors could have really hurt us.”

Sipe pitched in relief for Williams. Losing pitcher was Brad Garrigus.

Sweet Home 061 000 x €“ 7 5 4

Junction City 010 000 3 €“ 4 4 1

Sweet Home 11, Regis 0

The Huskies shut out Regis at home on Thursday.

“Gavin Kauffman and Levi Marchbanks were both very sharp on the mound,” Tow said. “Gavin had eight strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings, and Levi had four strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.

“We gave up only two hits and no runs, so it was a great effort on the defensive side of the ball.

“Offensively, we put together hits at the right time, and were able to score quite a few runs. Everyone on the team contributed in this game.”

Hitting, Brock Cota went 3-4 with an RBI. Williams went 2-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Brad Valloni went 1-3 with two RBIs. Sipe and Jamie Steinbacher each went 1-1 with a double. Kauffman, Winslow, Leif Erickson and Steven Bidwell each singled.

Sweet Home 150 005 0 €“ 11 13 1

Regis 000 000 0 €“ 0 2 1

Cascade 9, Sweet Home 5

“One bad inning really cost us in this one,” Tow said.

Cascade scored six runs in the second inning to build a 9-5 victory over the Huskies at Cascade on March 18.

“We almost got out of the second without them scoring,” Tow said. “But then we had a couple bobbled balls and just some tough breaks, and it led to them scoring six runs all on two outs.

“Other than that inning, we were decent defensively.

“Offensively, we had some good moments, but overall, I thought our hitting could have been a little better. The Beeson kid did a nice job on the mound for them.”

Spencer Beeson was the winning pitcher. Sipe was losing pitcher. Marchbanks pitched two innings in relief for Sipe.

Cascade singled eight times, while the Huskies had four hits. Kauffman went 1-1 with an RBI. Marchbanks went 1-3 with an RBI. Cota went 1-4 with a double and two RBIs. Holly went 1-4.

Sweet Home 010 004 0 €“ 5 4 2

Cascade 060 030 x €“ 9 8 2

Sweet Home 10, Elmira 5

The Huskies opened their season with a 10-5 win at Elmira on March 17.

“We got a good win for our first game of the year tonight,” Tow said. “We were a little sloppy at times, but overall I was very pleased. I especially liked our hitting throughout the lineup and the fact we had a lot of offense.

“Brock Cota had several very nice plays at first base, including a great catch on a line drive over his head.”

The Huskies had 10 hits. Cota went 2-3. Marchbanks went 2-4 with two RBIs. Holly went 1-3 with two RBIs. Valloni went 1-3 with a double. Bidwell, Williams, Erickson and Sipe all had singles.

Williams was the winning pitcher. Sipe threw the sixth inning, and Kauffman threw the seventh.

Sweet Home 040 420 0 €“ 10 10 3

Elmira 210 101 0 €“ 5 4 3