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Huskies sweep softball games, earn play-in game


May 16, 2017

ASHTYN WALKER takes a shot against Sisters.

Sarita Zanona threw two shutouts and Ally Two collected six RBIs in last week’s sweep of Sky-Em softball opponents at home, securing a third-place finish in league and a play-in game against Mazama.

Sweet Home defeated Sisters 14-0, Cottage Grove 16-0 and Cottage Grove 18-2. They also defeated Blanchet Catholic 3-2 Monday evening at home in a non-league game.

“The girls really did a good job,” said Coach Karyn Hartsook. “They worked hard to put themselves in this position. Players are starting to peak. We’re starting to fine tune our defense. Our hitting is starting to get more consistent. They’re just ready to play.”

The Huskies are 9-6 in league and 14-10 overall. Elmira, 12-2, finished second, and Junction City, 14-1, is the Sky-Em champion. Sutherlin, 9-6, finished in fourth, while Sisters, 4-11, finished fifth. Cottage Grove was winless.

Sweet Home, 21st in the Oregon Student Activities Association statewide rankings, will face 11th-ranked Mazama High School. Mazama is 10-5 and second in the Skyline Conference behind undefeated and top-ranked Henley.

“They’re probably comparable to us,” Hartsook said. It’s a long drive, but “it is a good draw for us.”

Sweet Home 14, Sisters 0

Sweet Home started scoring out of the gate May 9.

Zanona led off with a single, advanced to second base on a passed ball and home on a wild pitch that advanced Sunhee Bitter to third. Bitter scored and Tow advanced to third on a wild pitch. Madi Barringer singled to score Tow.

By the end of the inning, the Huskies led 12-0.

Ashtyn Walker led at bat, going 3-3 with an RBI and a run. Barringer and Bitter each had two hits. Zanona, Tow, Sydney Mauer and Makenna Melbye each had a hit.

Melbye hit a double, and Barringer hit a home run with four RBIs on the game. Bitter and Melbye collected two RBIs each, while Marissa Kurtz and Allison Miner contributed an RBI.

Bitter, Tow, Barringer and Torree Hawken each scored twice. Zanona Mauer, Kylie Armstrong, Miner and Melbye each scored once.

Stiner and St. Clair each had a hit for Sisters.

Pitching, Zanona, gave up two hits and one walk. She struck out 10 batters.

For Sisters, Ling-Scott gave up 11 hits, six walks and seven earned runs and struck out one batter. Hartford pitched the final out of the fourth inning.

Sisters 0 00 00 – 0 2 4

Sweet Home (12)11 0x – 14 11 0

Sweet Home 16,

Cottage Grove 0

With two outs in the first inning Friday afternoon, Bitter scored on a passed ball to give the Huskies a 1-0 advantage in the first inning.

While Zanona and the defense refused to allow Cottage Grove to score, they added another five runs in the second inning and 10 in the third to defeat the Lions.

At bat, Melbye went 3-3 with three runs and three RBIs, and Bitter went 3-4 with four RBIs and two runs to lead the Huskies.

Zanona, Tow and Barringer each had two hits, and Walker doubled, with an RBI and a run.

Barringer had a double and two RBIs. Zanona had two RBIS. Tow and Walker each had an RBI. Walker also hit a double.

Bitter, Tow and Miner each scored two runs. Barringer, Mauer, Walker and Kurtz each scored a run.

Malmsedt singled twice to lead Cottage Grove.

From the pitcher’s circle, Zanona gave up three hits and three walks and struck out two batters.

The Lions’ pitcher gave up 13 hits, 13 earned runs and five walks, while striking out one. A reliever pitched the final out, giving up one walk.

Cottage Grove 00 0 00 – 0 3 4

Sweet Home 15(10) 0x – 16 13 1

Sweet Home 18,

Cottage Grove 2

In the second game of a doubleheader, Zanona led off with a single.

Bitter singled on a bunt to third base, and Tow hit a homerun to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead.

They scored nine more to lead 12-0 at the end of the inning and added five more in the second.

Cottage Grove scored a run in the second and third innings.

Tow led at bat, going 3-4 with a homerun, a triple, a double, six RBIs and three runs. Walker went 3-3 with four RBIs and a run. Bitter went 3-4 with an RBI and three runs.

Zanona, Barringer, Mauer, Miner, Hawken, Kurtz and Melbye each had a hit. Kurtz hit a triple. Hawken and Mauer hit doubles.

Melbye had two RBIs. Barringer, Bitter, Hawken and Miner each had one RBI.

Zanona, Bitter and Tow each scored three runs. Mauer and Hawken scored two runs each, and scoring one run were Barringer, Walker, Miner, Kurtz and Melbye.

Malmsedt led Cottage Grove, going 2-3, while Leach and McVey scored a run each.

Pitching, Walker gave up six hits, two earned runs and five walks while striking out three.

Malmstedt pitched a complete game for the Lions, giving up 16 hits, 13 earned runs and three walks while striking out one.

Cottage Grove 0 11 00 – 2 6 4

Sweet Home (12)51 0x – 18 16 1

Sweet Home 3, Blanchet 2

With two outs on the board, Blanchet scored a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

In the final inning, Mauer walked, and Walker singled to reach base. Miner hit an infield fly out to the pitcher, and Hawken grounded out.

With two outs, Melbye knocked a home run into right field to win the game.

The Huskies had just four hits on the game, including those by Walker and Melbye. Bitter went 2-3.

Zanona pitched three innings, giving up two earned runs, four hits and four walks and striking out two.

ALLY TOW makes a play from center field during the 14-0 shutout of the Outlaws. å

Tow pitched the final four innings, earning the win. She gave up three hits and three walks and struck out one.

Burchus pitched a complete game for Blanchet, givin up four hits, three earned runs and one walk while striking out six. She and Fessler led at bat, each going 3-3.

Blanchet 200 000 0 – 2 7 1

Sweet Home 000 000 3 – 3 4 0


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