Huskies third in Newport baseball tourney

Springfield 6, Sweet Home 5

The Huskies’ summer baseball team split a pair of games during a tournament at Newport to tie for third place over the weekend.

The game for third place on Sunday against Philomath was rained out after a couple of innings and remained unfinished.

Springfield defeated the Huskies 6-5 on Saturday to end the summer season.

“This was a tough loss but a great game,” Coach Dan Tow said. “Gavin (Kauffman) really battled and had an excellent performance on the mound. Zach Miller had a huge triple in the seventh with two outs to tie the game. We had a big pickoff play in the seventh inning, and overall it was just a good battle against a tough Springfield team.

“In the end, they pulled it out, and I thought a few errors in the middle of the game probably cost us the win. But we really fought hard, hit the ball and made a great effort, especially late. We had nine hits in the last three innings.

“Gavin was very good on the mound and good enough to win. We just didn’t quite get it done. It came right down to the end. We ended the summer with several really good performances, playing good baseball with good pitching performances and some very good hitting.”

At bat, Kauffman, Brock Cota, and Jamie Steinbacher each had two hits. Colton Holly, Tyler Holly, Levi Marchbanks, Miller and Andrew Winslow each had a hit.

Kauffman was losing pitcher. Hubbard was winning pitcher.

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Sweet Home 001 030 1 €“ 5 11 4

Sweet Home 9, Newport 5

The Huskies defeated league rival Newport 9-5 on Friday to open the tournament.

“Our kids played a very good game in this one,” Tow said. “We had a number of guys really hit the ball well. It was nice to see Zach swing it so well, and Brock, Gavin and Levi came through with a number of big hits. I thought Andrew Winslow had a real key hit as well when he was in a tough spot.

“Newport is always tough, and our kids played a great game against them both offensively and defensively.”

Assistant Coach Matt Matuszak has worked with the pitchers this summer, Tow said, and it has paid off.

“T.J. (Sipe) finished our varsity season throwing very well, and he’s gotten even better this summer, working on his curve ball and changeup,” Tow said. “You could really see the strides he’s made in this game today. It was fun to watch.”

Sipe was the winning pitcher. Tristan Metcalf was losing pitcher.

At bat, Miller went 3-4. Kauffman went 3-5. Cota went 2-2 with three RBI. Marchbanks went 2-4.

Sweet Home 002 430 0 €“ 9 12 2

Newport 201 010 1 €“ 5 8 3

Sweet Home 4, Central 2

The Huskies knocked down another conference rival, Central, 4-2 in extra innings on July 6 on the road.

The Huskies scored in the first inning. Central tied the game 1-1 in the fourth.

“This was a good game and a pitching and defensive battle,” Tow said. “Jamie Steinbacher hit a homerun to put us ahead in the eighth inning but Central was able to tie it. In the ninth, Hunter Bidwell got to second on an error. Cory Hanks bunted him to third, and Cody Daniels had a great suicide squeeze to put us up 3-2. Gavin drove in Cody for an insurance run, and we closed it out 4-2.

“Getting near the end of the summer, this was really a well-played baseball game.”

At bat, Kauffman went 3-4. Steinbacher went 2-2 with a homerun. Holly added a single.

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Central 000 100 010 €“ 2 3 2