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Softball team dominates opponents, slips at Elmira


April 12, 2016

MARISSA KURTZ steals second base against Sisters

Opening league play last week, Sweet Home’s softball team won two 10-run shutouts, and Brianna Hoffman pitched a perfect game, defeating Sutherlin 10-0 and Sisters 18-0 at home.

But the Huskies lost 8-2 to their toughest rival, Elmira, on the road.

Hoffman threw the perfect game on Wednesday.

"It was pretty exciting,” said Coach Shane Cochran. "She’s never thrown one before. She threw very well, and she’s coming along good.”

The team has been working her hard in practice, especially her velocity, he said, and it’s paid off.

She didn’t throw as well against Sutherlin on Friday, he said, but "Sutherlin is quite a bit better than Sisters. She started off rough (with Sutherlin loading bases in the first inning) but came back strong.”

Before two five-inning 10-run games, the Huskies took a shot at unbeaten and No. 3-ranked Elmira.

"We started off strong,” Cochran said. "We jumped out 1-0 and held the lead for a couple of innings. We just didn’t strong enough hits in a a row to keep scoring.”

Elmira hit three home runs, he said, and that made the difference.

Not only has Elmira not lost a game this season, but so far in league play the Falcons have shut out Junction City and Sisters under the 10-run rule.

Cochran believes his team can beat Elmira, he said.

"Brianna is going to have to shut some of their big batters down, and of course, we’re going to have to hit well. We played them real tight.”

Sweet Home’s defense is better than Elmira’s, he said, although Elmira’s pitcher "throws really hard and moves the ball.”

"I feel real good,” Cochran said. "I feel the team’s working hard and preparing themselves on game day and doing the job they’re supposed to do.”

Younger players, like Marissa Kurtz and Sydney Mauer, are coming on strong, making plays and hitting, Cochran said.

"(Kurtz) is working really hard to get better every day in practice,” Cochran said. Mauer isn’t collecting many hits, but she’s hitting the ball and putting it into play. And she gets on base.

Sophomore Ally Tow "just pretty much dominates the outfield,” he said, and she’s hitting well.

Junior Madi Barringer "is starting to hit the ball really good,” Cochran said, and Sarita Zanona, "she’s doing real well. She’s leading the team really well.”

The team always puts her in the lineup where she can move runners, Cochran said, and she’s playing a good third base.

The Huskies are 7-5 overall and 2-1 in league. They were scheduled to face Cottage Grove on Monday and Junction City Wednesday on the road. They’ll play a rematch at home against Elmira on Friday.

Of those teams, Cottage Grove has yet to find a win and has lost three games, against Sisters, Sutherlin and Junction City, under the 10-run rule in league play.

Junction City is 2-1 in league and 7-6 overall. Junction City beat Cottage Grove 20-0 and Sutherlin 16-9 but lost to Elmira 22-0.

Junction City looks to be the Huskies’ second-toughest competition this season, and Cochran said it’ll be a good game to prepare his team for Elmira this Friday, April 15.

"We’re definitely looking forward to Friday,” Cochran said.

Elmira 8, Sweet Home 2

Sweet Home lost 8-2 to Elmira on the road on April 4.

On two outs, Tow shot a homer to left field and scored first.

For Elmira, Miranda Jenson opened with a line drive triple to right field. Hoffman struck out Kasey Mobley, but Kylee Anderson knocked a sac fly out to Tow to score Jenson, tying the game 1-1.

In the second inning, Barringer lined out to shortstop, but Kennedi Waldrop reached base on an error. Mauer grounded out to second base, and Waldrop advanced to second.

Kurtz singled on a ground ball to shortstop, advancing Waldrop to third. Sunhee Bitter reached base on an error. Kurtz advanced to third as Waldrop scored. The Huskies led 2-1.

Elmira had a double and a walk in the bottom of the second, with a batter striking out and two batters grounding out. The Falcons trailed until the bottom of the third when Ashton Webber hit a home run, scoring two others, who reached base on singles. Elmira led 4-2.

Anderson hit a three-run home run in the bottom of four, and Josie Dickson hit a solo home run in the bottom of five for the winning score.

Collecting hits were Zanona; Tow, with a home run; Barringer; and Kurtz with two.

Webber led hitting for Elmira, with there hits and three RBIs.

Hoffman gave up 12 hits, eight earned runs and four walks, striking out five batters in six innings.

For Elmira, Jenson gave up five hits; two runs, one of them earned; and no walks, striking out six Huskies.

Sweet Home110 000 0 – 2 5 2

Elmira103 310 x – 8 12 2

Sweet Home 18, Sisters 0

The Huskies shut out Sisters 18-0 in five innings on Wednesday.

Hoffman gave up no runs, hits or walks. She struck out 10 Outlaws. The team had no errors.

Emily Marchbanks threw the last perfect game in softball against La Pine on May 1, 2014.

The Huskies dominated the game out of the gate, scoring five runs in the first inning, two more in the second, four in the third and seven in the fourth.

Sixteen hits came from all over the lineup. Marissa Kurtz went 3-4 to lead the Huskies at the plate. She knocked in three runners. She had one run.

Tripling were Ally Tow, 2-4, with two RBIs and two runs; Makena Melbye, 2-4, with one RBI and two runs; and Britney Zook, 2-4, with two RBIs and three runs.

Hitting doubles were Madi Barringer, 2-4 with two RBIs and a run; Zook; and Kylie Armstrongg, 2-2 with an RBI and two runs.

Sunhee Bitter went 1-5 with an RBI and a run. Sarita Zanona went 1-2 and walked twice, with one RBI and four runs. Hoffman went 1-2 and walked once, with an RBI and two runs.

The game was the first league win for the Huskies, who are 1-1 in league and 6-5 overall.

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Sweet Home 524 7x – 18 16 0

Sweet Home 10, Sutherlin 0

The Huskies shut out Sutherlin 10-0 in five innings under the 10-run rule Friday at home.

Sutherlin threatened early on as Hoffman walked a pair of batters. She struck out the next batter before giving up a single and loading bases. She struck out the next two batters to get out of the hole.

The Huskies’ bats were cold early on too, with three batters up and down in the first. Hoffman returned the favor, striking out two in the top of the second.

Tow reached base first for the Huskies, singling in the bottom of two. She scored when Barringer lined out at shortstop, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

Hoffman got things going in the top of the third, singling to reach base. Mauer reached on an error and Bitter singled to load bases. The Huskies led 7-0 and added three more runs in the fourth.

The Huskies had a total of six hits. Tow led at bat, going 2-3 with an RBI. Also collecting hits were Bitter; Britney Zook, with a double; Barringer; and Hoffman. Zanona had no hits, but she had two RBIs. Zook also reached base on a walk.

SARITA ZANONA beats the ball to second base against Sutherlin.

From the circle, Hoffman gave up just two hits, three walks and no runs, striking out 10.

For Sutherlin, S. Carrillo gave up six hits, one walk and 10 runs, six of them earned, striking out two.

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Sweet Home 016 3x – 10 6 1


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