Huskies win state high school summer softball championship

Undefeated, the Huskies won American Softball Association 16B State Championship Tournament over the weekend.

“The girls took the championship in a weather-shortened tournament as they were the only team left in the winners’ bracket after defeating the Junior Eagles on Sunday morning,” Coach Chris Hiaasen said. Second place went to the Junior Eagles from southern Oregon. Beaten by the Huskies earlier in the tournament, the Douglas Dynasty placed third.

The Huskies opened Friday defeating the Eugene Thunder North 10-0 with Bayli Riggs pitching. Hailee Huenergardt went 3-3 with two RBI to lead Huskies at the plate.

Saturday, the Huskies beat the Southern Oregon Premiere team 9-0. Tasha Saunders pitched the game, and Audrey McClain led the Huskies at bat with a three-run homerun, and Riggs hit a double.

Later that day, the Huskies downed the Elmira Crushers 6-5 behind Riggs, who pitched a complete game. At bat, Emili Riggs went 2-3 with a double, and Shelbey Gillespie added another double.

Sunday morning, the Huskies faced the only remaining unbeaten team in the tournament, the Junior Eagles, Hiaasen said. The Huskies won 5-3, with Bayli Riggs pitching.

The Eagles scored three runs on five hits but left six runners on base.

Emili Riggs and Bayli Riggs each hit a homerun, and Emili Riggs added a single later in the game to post Sweet Home’s only hits.

Aggressive base-running, solid pitching and minimal errors on defense were keys to the Huskies’ success, Hiassen said.

The Huskies end the summer season with a 19-8 record, one tournament championship and the ASA 16B state championship.

Leading the Huskies offensively was Emili Riggs with a .413 batting average, .762 slugging percentage and on-base average of .513. She had 16 singles, three doubles, two triples and five homeruns.

Bayli Riggs finished with a .382 batting average, .574 slugging percentage, a .440 on-base average. She had 16 singles, eight doubles, one triple and a homerun.

McClain, Huenergardt, Megan Rubidoux and Gillespie led defense, with McClain at second, Huenergardt at short stop, Rubidoux at third and Gillespie catching.

The roster also included Ashley Cochran, Cortnie Cuilla, Dakota Hesberg and Mindy Smith.