Softball team falls to Newport on road in league opener

Newport 8, Sweet Home 4

Catching the Huskies off guard in the opening of league softball, the Newport Cubs locked in on Bayli Riggs’ pitching and put together an eight-run inning to defeat the Huskies 8-4 on Thursday on the road.

The Huskies scored two runs in the first inning and two more in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the third, “they just put together some hits, and we’ve got to a better job of stopping from happening,” said Coach Steve Hummer. Newport obviously had timed Riggs’ pitching, and he should have changed pitchers earlier.

He didn’t because it’s unusual for Riggs’ pitching to be hit that way, he said. Tasha Saunders relieved Riggs in the third and gave up one hit that inning. Newport put only one more runner on base the rest of the game, and all seven of Newport’s hits from six different batters were in the third.

The Huskies seemed to lose their edge afterward, Hummer said, and they never really got their game going again.

“It was a disappointing loss, but it’s early and we’re going to get it fixed,” Hummer said. “We’ve got a long way to go, and we’re too good not to fix it.”

At the plate, Emili Riggs hit a two-run homerun in the third inning. Sarah Wyatt hit a single and stole three bases during the game.

Lindsey Losier pitched for the Cubs.

Sweet Home 202 000 0 €“ 4 2 1

Newport 008 000 x €“ 8 7 1