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Huskies top Elmira in softball


April 27, 2016

Elmira lost its first softball game of the year when Sweet Home defeated the Falcons 5-4 on the road on April 19.

The Huskies’ only losses in league so far have been to Elmira, 8-2 and 3-2.

“We feel really good,” said Coach Shane Cochran. “It was defintely an exciting game. We just started out good.”

The game was tight most of the way, he said. “We actually had two easy plays that we made errors on to make it that close.”

But the girls just kept playing the game, he said. “we got some runners on. Ally Tow ended up hitting that homerun and put us up enough runs to hold onto the lead and win.

There are teams that are better than Elmira, Cochran said, but Elmira was ranked fourth in the state and had no losses.

Elmira is ranked fifth now.

“I think it gives us the thought process that we we can play with anybody,” Cochran said.

Sarita Zanona and Madi barringer each hit the ball to reach base, where Tow could score them.

During the game, the Huskies scored the first run in the top of the second inning. Elmira scored in the fourth and went ahead 2-1 in the fifth when Kylee Anderson doubled to score Alyssa Nelson.

With two outs, the Huskies tied the score 2-2 in the top of the seventh. After a fly out for Marissa Kurtz, Sydney Mauer walked. Britney Zook struck out, and then Zanona singled on a line drive to centerfield to advance Mauer to second.

Barringer singled on another line drive to centerfield to score Mauer and move Zanona to second. Ally Tow followed up with a three-run homerun, giving the Huskies a 5-2 lead.

Elmira scored two runs in the bottom of the inning but couldn’t quite make it as pitcher Brianna Hoffman struck out the final Falcon batter.

The Huskies collected six hits on the game. Zanona led at the plate with two hits and a run. Barringer had one hit, a run and an RBI. Tow had one hit, with a run and three RBIs. Hoffman had a hit, with Kylie Armstrong scoring a run as a courtesy runner, and Mauer hit a double and had a run.

Katie Mobley led Elmira hitting, going 2-4 with a run.

In the circle, Hoffman gave up seven hits, one walk and four runs, three of them earned. She struck out four Falcons.

For Elmira, Miranda Jensen gave up six hits, a walk and five earned runs, striking out seven Huskies.

The Huskies host Sisters on Friday and visit Sisters next Tuesday. They’ll face Junction City twice following those games.

The Huskies are preparing for Junction City, the biggest threat left in the season.

To tie Elmira for first in league, the Huskies cannot lose a game, and Elmira must lose one game.

“We don’t want to have a hiccup with that team and put them back in the race,” Cochran said. “We’re planning on handling them. We’ve got some pretty good stats on Junction City. We’ll use them the way we did against Elmira.”

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