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SH softball just misses mark against Elmira in extra inning


April 19, 2016

BRITNEY ZOOK tags second base after catching the ball and an Elmira runner at second base.

After shutting out Cottage Grove 19-0 in softball, the Huskies tripped a little but pulled out a win 2-1 against Junction City and then narrowly missed the mark, 3-2, against Elmira.

"I think we played really well (overall),” said Coach Shane Cochran. The Huskies will have to beat Elmira this week, and Elmira will have to lose at least one more game for the Huskies to tie the Falcons for the league championship.

"The team’s moving in the right direction,” Cochran said. "Our dynamics are getting good. Our intensity is starting to pick up, and we’re starting to get in a good routine.”

Junior Madi Barringer, first base, has been coming on strong, Cochran said. She’s hitting better and playing first base really well right now.

The Huskies are tied with Junction City for second with a record of 4-2 in league. Elmira is 6-0, undefeated and ranked number three in the state.

The Huskies were scheduled to travel to Elmira on Tuesday, host Sisters on Friday and travel to Sisters next Tuesday.

Sisters is 1-4 in league and 1-7 overall.

Elmira 3, Sweet Home 2

It took Elmira eight innings to defeat the Huskies 3-2 on Friday in Sweet Home.

With two outs, Elmira went ahead 1-0 in the first inning when Ashton Webber singled to score Miranda Jensen. Kylee Anderson singled again in the top of the fifth to score Jensen a second time and build a 2-0 lead.

Marissa Kurtz reached base on a fielder’s choice. Sydney Mauer reached on an error, advancing Kurtz to third. Britney Zook singled to score Kurtz. Mauer scored on an error, tying the game 2-2.

No one scored again until the eighth inning when A. Peterson scored a run for Elmira on a passed ball. Sunhee Bitter singled on two outs in the final inning, but the Huskies weren’t able to score her.

The Huskies closed the gap on their performance against Elmira with this game. The Huskies lost 8-2 the last time they faced each other.

"I think the difference in that game was we went over our statistics really carefully,” Cochran said. "We got some pitch control on their batters and where they were hitting the ball. We pitched to keep the ball away from some of their better batters.”

The Huskies didn’t get the win, he said, but they’re definitely in the hunt with Elmira.

They’ll find out for sure this week when the meet for the third time, he said. "On Monday, we’re definitely going to be preparing for them.”

The Huskies had four hits. Zook went 2-4 with an RBI. Bitter and Makena Melbye each had a hit.

Jensen and Webber led hitting for Elmira, each going 2-4.

Pitching, Brianna Hoffman gave up eight hits, three walks and three runs, two of them earned. She struck out 10 batters.

Jensen gave up four hits, three walks and two runs, one of them earned. She struck out eight.

Elmira 100 010 01 – 3 8 3

Sweet Home000 020 00 – 2 4 2

Sweet Home 2, Junction City 1

The Huskies slipped past Junction City 2-1 on the road on April 13.

"Their pitcher had a realy good day when our batting didn’t have a good day,” Cochran said. "We made it through.”

Sarita Zanona and Barringer were both key to the win that day, Cochran said. Zanona went 3-4 with a double, and Barringer went 2-4 with a run.

Bitter reached base on a walk and scored in the third inning. Junction City answered with a run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 1-1.

Barringer scored in the top of four as Hoffman reached base on a fielder’s choice to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead.

Hoffman gave up just three hits, three walks and a single unearned run and struck out six batters.

For Junction City Mariah Ohman, gave up eight hits four walks and two earned runs, but she struck out 17 Huskies.

At bat, Zook, Melbye and Hoffman all had hits, with Zanona, Barringer, Melbye and Zook all hitting doubles.

Sweet Home001 100 0 – 2 8 1

Junction City001 000 0 – 1 3 0

SH 19, Cottage Grove 0

The Huskies hit the ball 11 times and walked another eight times to shut out Cottage Grove 19-0 in five innings under the 10-run rule on the road.

The Huskies started scoring out of the gate, leading 2-0 after one inning. They led 9-0 in the third inning, and then finished with a colossal 10-run fourth inning.

Zook went 4-4 to lead Huskies batting, doubling, scoring four times and batting in three runners. Barringer hit the ball twice, tripling, scoring twice and collecting two RBIs.

SYDNEY MAUER slides home to score the Huskies’ second run against Elmira.

Also hitting were Zanona, with two RBIs and three runs; Tow, with a double and an RBI; Kennedi Waldrop, with an RBI and a run; Hoffman, with a run; and Melbye, with a grand slam, four RBIs, and two runs. Bitter also scored three runs and an RBI on two walks.

From the circle, Hoffman gave up two hits and struck out 11 batters.

Sweet Home243 (10)0 – 19 11 0

Cottage Grove000 0 0 – 0 2 6


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