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Huskies sweep through perfect opening week in baseball


March 28, 2017

KEANU AIONA slides home to score Sweet Home’s first run against Siuslaw.

After beating Cascade early last week, the Huskies defeated Pleasant Hill 6-4 on March 22 and Siuslaw 8-1 on March 23 at home to extend their record to 3-0 in their opening week.

“It went pretty good,” said Coach John Best. “You can’t ask for much better. We had a couple of tough games, and the kids played very well.”

Sweet Home was scheduled to play against Philomath, Siuslaw and Dallas in a tournament at Newport Monday and Tuesday. Best anticipates Philomath and Dallas will be the toughest games.

“We have to come in ready to go,” he said.

The Huskies will start league play and host Sutherlin at 4:30 p.m. next Tuesday, April 4, at home.

Sweet Home 6, Pleasant Hill 4

Pleasant Hill took a brief 1-0 lead when it scored a second-inning run.

The Huskies answered with a run of their own and tied the game 1-1. Both teams went scoreless until the sixth inning.

Sweet Home committed two errors at the top of the sixth, helping Pleasant Hill put runners at first and third. With no outs on the board, the Billies ripped a shot past the fence to score three.

Colton Smith looked worried on the mound, Best said, but “he calmed down,” and the Huskies stopped Pleasant Hill on two grounds outs and a pop out.

The Huskies worked through their entire order at the bottom of the sixth inning.

Kobe Olson and Daniel Virtue singled, and Smith was hit by a pitch and reached first, loading the bases.

Devin Stafford walked to score Olson. On a full count, Austin James fouled off a couple more pitches before singling to right field and scoring Virtue and Smith, tying the game 4-4. Stafford scored a run on a wild pitch to take a 5-4 lead.

At bat, Virtue had two singles. Smith hit a doubkle, James went 2-3 with a single and two RBIs, and Olson hit a single.

Preston Paparo led hitting for Pleasant Hill with a home run and three RBIs.

Smith pitched a complete game for Sweet Home, collecting the win and giving up four hits, one earned run and one walk and striking out nine batters.

“He threw very well, and Pleasant Hill is a tough team,” Best said. “They’re going to be very good.”

Bryce Moore was the losing pitcher. Brandon Good pitched one-third of an inning in relief.

Sweet Home 010 005 x – 6 6 4

Pleasant Hill 010 003 0 – 4 4 0

Sweet Home 8, Siuslaw 1

After a lethargic start, the Huskies scored a pair of runs in the third inning to begin building a solid win.

“I felt like our energy was kind of low at the beginning of the game,” Best said. The score was tied at zero as the Huskies went to bat in the bottom of the third inning.

“Then we started scoring runs and doing pretty good,” Best said. By their second time through the lineup, the Huskies were swinging the bats and producing runs.

Keanu Aiona got things going with a double. Smith drove him home, and Stafford doubled to drive in Smith, giving the Huskies a 2-0 lead.

The Huskies methodically scored another pair of runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and one more in the sixth to take an 8-0 lead. Siuslaw scored its only run in the top of the seventh inning.

At bat, Stafford went 2-3 with two doubles. Smith went 2-4 with a double. Virtue and Aiona both doubled. Nate Virtue, Nick Marler and Keegan Holly each had one hit.

Pitching and recording the win, Stafford started for the Huskies and threw “phenomenally,” Best said. He threw four innings against 15 batters. He struck out nine and gave up one hit.

Fisher Anderson pitched three innings against 12 batters, striking out five and giving up one walk, two hits and one earned run.

“Both pitchers threw very well,” Best said. “The commanded the strike zone, compet3ed and gave us a chance.”

For Siuslaw Gabe Simington had a double, and Nick Steinman had an RBI on a ground ball the Huskies played for an out against runners on first and second base.

Simington started on the mound and was credited the loss, with Kelby White taking over in the fourth inning and Caleb Hennessee pitching in the sixth.

Sweet Home 002 231 x – 8 9 1

Siuslaw 000 000 1 – 1 3 1


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