Huskies split in softball with Sisters after blowout win and loss

Sisters 7, Sweet Home 2

The Huskies softball team split a doubleheader with Sisters on Saturday, April 11, at home, losing the first game 7-2.

“We spotted them three unearned runs in the first inning and just never really got on track,” Coach Steve Hummer said.

“Bayli Riggs pitched well, giving up only six hits, but we committed six errors giving them six unearned runs,” he said.

At the plate, Paige Niemi went 2-4, with Laura Gourley, Hailey Huenergardt and Megan Rubidoux adding hits.

“Our seniors are really beginning to lead by example,” Hummer said. “All three of them have stepped up their game and are showing their teammates what mental toughness is.

“I am very pleased with the growth of our seniors, an I’m confident the younger girls will learn what it takes to be mentally tough.”

Sisters 302 100 1 €“ 7 6 1

Huskies 000 002 0 €“ 2 5 6

Sweet Home 10, Sisters 9

Although they continued with inconsistent play, the Huskies put together enough good innings to scratch out a 10-9 win over Sisters in the second game.

“Our inconsistent play continued, putting together very good innings and then very poor innings,” Hummer said. “This was a game I am not sure we should have won, but I was very pleased in the girls’ ability to have enough heart to fight back and get the win.”

The Huskies were down 9-5 going into the bottom of the sixth, and they rallied to win.

Emili Riggs went 2-4, collecting her fifth home run of the season, and Riggs got into the home run parade with her first of the season. Gourley went 3-4 with a double and triple.

“Tiffanie Cuilla continues to impress with her enthusiasm and hard work,” Hummer said.

The team is now 1-1 in league and 5-4 overall.

“We will continue to fight the good fight and look for consistent play in the field,” Hummer said. “Our goals are set, and we are going to achieve them.”

Sisters 002 052 0 €“ 9 9 4

Huskies 200 122 3 €“ 10 10 7

Sweet Home 11, Philomath 1

Recovering from a previous lopsided loss, the Huskies dominated Philomath on the way to an 11-1 victory on the road.

“We played solid defense, got some great pitching from Bayli, who did not allow a hit until the fifth inning,” Hummer said.

Niemi, Emili Riggs and Baili Riggs each had two hits, with Emli Riggs hitting her fourth homerun of the season. Baili Riggs collected four RBI. Shelbey Gillespie, Huenergardt and Cuilla each added hits in the game.

“We ran the bases very aggressively, taking extra bases on several occasions,” Hummer said. “Cuilla made a greast play at second that really showed her improvement. Niemi was forced to play first due to an injury to Tasha Saunders. Paige showed some great leadership in playing her first high school game at first base, and she made a diving catch and played flawlessly.”

Huskies 101 205 3 €“ 11 9 2

Philomath 000 000 1 €“ 1 2 5

Newport 12, Sweet Home 3

Newport exploited the Huskies’ lack of consistency to win 12-3 at Sweet Home on April 2.

“We had a very sluggish performance, committing seven errors,” Hummer said. “Our problem all season has been a lack of consistency, and that continued today. We will continue to work hard to get consistency and mature as a team. The girls have great potential and are hard workers, but we just seem to lack the ability to put mistakes behind us and move on.

Emili Riggs went 2-4 with a homerun, her third for the season, and she scored twice. Rubidoux, Niemi, B. Riggs and Cuilla all added hits in the league opener.

Baili Riggs was losing pitcher.

Sweet Home vs. Newport Home April 2

Newport 140 321 €“ 12 14 0

Huskies 001 002 0 €“ 3 6 7