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Softball: Sweet Home gets big win over Stayton in 1-2 start


March 21, 2018

SHORTSTOP SUNHEE BITTER catches Newport's Erika Schones on her way to second base.

The Huskies gave up three big innings to opponents, losing a pair of games in the opening week of the softball season; but they also picked up their first win, 10-running Stayton.

Sweet Home lost 9-4 at home to Newport Friday, March 16, beat Stayton 12-2 on the road March 14 and lost to Philomath 9-3 on the road March 12.

"Obviously, we're disappointed in the losses," said Coach Karyn Hartsook. "But a lot of good things are happening."

The girls are hitting well, she said. Several are playing well in new positions, although there "seems to be some first-game jitters," they are getting used to their new roles.

"I feel confident in all 13 of them," Hartsook said. "I feel like all 13 are contributing to their independent success and the success of the team. They've just have to settle in."

The Huskies were scheduled to host Cascade on March 19 and Pleasant Hill on Wednesday. They will travel to Siuslaw Friday and to tournament games at Madras on Monday and Corbett on Tuesday.

Newport 9, Sweet Home 4

Newport got out to an early lead, scoring all nine of its runs in the first inning following a grand slam.

"We had some errors, defensively," Hartsook said. "We had some pitching miscues, and Newport took advantage of them."

The Cubs took a 4-0 lead on a series of three errors, two walks and two hits before the Huskies turned a double play at first and home plate to get two outs on the board. Two more Newport batters walked to score another run and load bases for a grand slam by Jewlz Wagner to build a 9-0 lead.

Kylie Armstrong doubled on a line drive to centerfield to score Allison Miner and Sydney Mauer in the bottom of the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, Marissa Kurtz singled on a line drive to center field to score Sunhee Bitter. Samantha Hutchins tagged up and scored after Mauer hit a fly out to left field.

The Huskies put runners on base in the next two innings but weren't able to score them.

"We just need to come out on top the first pitch all the way to the last pitch of the game," Hartsook said.

The Huskies collected 11 hits on the game, led by Allison Miner who went 3-4 and scored a run. Sunhee Bitter went 2-3 with a run.

Armstrong, Kate Hawken, Hutchins, Kurtz, Mauer and Ashtyn Walker each had one hit. Armstrong and Mauer each hit doubles.

Walker was starting pitcher, giving up two walks, one hit and four runs, one of them earned. Hutchins pitched in relief beginning in the first inning, giving up six hits, three walks and five unearned runs. She threw seven strikeouts.

Newport gave up 11 hits, one walk and four runs, two earned, striking out three Huskies.

Newport 900 000 0 – 9 7 2

Sweet Home 000 220 0 – 4 11 3

Sweet Home 12, Stayton 2

With Bitter, Hutchins, Miner and Walker going 3-4 at the plate and four RBIs by Walker, Sweet Home steadily built a lead and beat Stayton under the 10-run rule in the sixth inning.

The game was recorded as a home game for the Huskies, but the teams played at Stayton.

"We came out strong," Hartsook said. "Our pitching was on, and we were aggressively hitting."

Kate Hawken got things going for the Huskies when she opened the bottom of the third, tripling on a line drive to center field. Bitter walked, and Graci Zanona hit a line drive to center field to score Hawken, with Bitter advancing to second. Walker singled on a hard ground ball to left field to score Bitter. Zanona stole home to build a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Shelby Flatt singled to right field, scoring Stayton's Sydney Maurer and Cedella Ritchie.

The Huskies began pulling away in the bottom of the fourth when Bitter singled on a line drive left, scoring Kurtz. The Huskies led 7-2 after the fourth inning and 11-2 after five innings.

In the bottom of the sixth, Torree Hawken singled on a hard ground ball to right field to score Jasmine Carter and end the game 12-2.

The Huskies had 18 hits. Among them, Kate Hawken went 2-2 with two runs. Also hitting were Torree Hawken, Kurtz, Zanona and Ally Tow, each with one. Torree Hawken, Bitter, Allison Miner and Zanona each had one RBI.

In scoring, Bitter had three runs. Kate Hawken and Walker each had two runs. Carter, Kurtz, Mauer, Tow and Zanona each had one run.

Walker was the winning pitcher, giving up three walks, four hits and two earned runs. She struck out one Stayton batter.

Sydney Maurer threw for Stayton, giving up 18 hits, three walks and eight runs, three of them earned. She struck out three.

Stayton 000 200 x – 2 4 4

Sweet Home 003 441 x – 12 17 1

Philomath 9, Sweet Home 3

A grand slam paved the way to a 9-3 victory for Philomath over the Huskies.

"Same thing (as Newport)," Hartsook said. "One grand slam."

Carrie Lillis racked up four RBIs on a fly ball to right field in the bottom of the third inning. Neither team scored again until the top of the sixth.

BAILEE HARTSOOK connects at the plate.

Miner stole home, while Bailee Hartsook stole third, and Hutchins stole second. Tow hit a fly out to right field, and Hartsook and Hutchins scored after tagging up to make it a 4-3 game. Philomath brought in five runs in the bottom of the sixth on five hits and a walk to secure the win.

Miner led at bats for Sweet Home going 2-3 with a run and a double. Zanona, Hutchins and Tow each recorded a hit.

Walker was starting pitcher for Sweet Home, giving up three walks, four hits and four runs, three of them earned. She struck out one batter in three innings.

Hutchins closed out the game, giving up two walks, seven hits and five earned runs. She struck out two. Lillis started for Philomath, giving up five hits. Kamden Combs pitched in relief beginning in the fourth inning, giving up two walks, three hits and three earned runs. She struck out five Huskies.

Sweet Home 000 003 0 – 3 7 3

Philomath 004 005 x – 9 11 0


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