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Girls 10-run Sutherlin, lose pitched battle to Junction City


April 11, 2018

ASHTYN WALKER watches as Allison Miner slides home, scoring a run against Sutherlin.

Sweet Home opened softball league play with a 14-3 win over Sutherlin at home April 3 but fell to Junction Citiy 10-7 and 9-6 in a doubleheader at home Friday.

Coach Karyn Hartsook said her team did well all week, including its losses to Junction City, which is currently ranked first in the OSAA.

Against Junction City, "we were actually leading in both games," Hartsook said. "We hit really well. I feel like a lot of kids stepped up performance-wise. They were able to put the ball in play at key moments."

Sweet Home batters faced off against Junction City's high-level sophomore pitcher Jenna Kister, Hartsook said. Sunhee Bitter had a great doubleheader, batting .837 on the doubleheader, with an .875 on-base percentage.

"She was amazing," Hartsook said. "She figured out how to get the ball in play.

"The kids competed at a high level. They just couldn't put all the hits together at the same time. They were great games, fun games to coach and fun games to compete in."

The Huskies did some good things against Sutherlin as well, Hartsook said. The pitching staff had six strikeouts, and the girls had quality at bats. Sydney Mauer went 3-3.

The Huskies are 1-2 in league and 8-4 overall. They are in fourth place in the Sky-Em League and 12th in OSAA rankings.

Junction City, 3-0, is leading the league, followed by Sutherlin, 2-1, and Elmira, 1-0. Cottgage Grove is 0-1, and Sisters is 0-3.

Sweet Home was scheduled to host Cottage Grove Tuesday and travel to Elmira Friday for a doubleheader. They will host Sisters in a doubleheader on Tuesday. Game times are 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Junction City 9, Sweet Home 6

Junction City and Sweet Home swapped the lead three times in the first game.

Junction City scored runs in the first and second innings to lead 2-0.

The Huskies scored in the bottom of the second. Ally Tow and Ashtyn Walker singled, and Bailee Hartsook sacrificed to the first baseman to advance them to second and third place. Kate Hawken struck out swinging, and Mauer walked to load bases. Bitter shot a line drive to left field to score all three of them and take a 3-2 lead.

Allison Miner doubled to bat in Jasmine Carter in the bottom of the third to increase the lead to 4-2.

Junction City tied the game 4-4 in the top of four as Lindsey Stripling singled to score Carson Williams and Lillian Bauer. Kamryn Potter singled on a hard ground ball to center field to score Stripling and take a 5-4 lead.

The Huskies snatched back the lead in the bottom of the inning when Savannah Hutchins doubled to score Bitter, who reached base on a single, and Graci Zanona, who reached base on an error.

The Tigers took an 8-6 lead in the top of the sixth inning with Stripling scoring on a single by Potter. Nicole Snyder singled to score Abigail Bumcrot, who reached base on a single, and Potter.

The Huskies collected eight hits led by Bitter, who went 3-3 with three RBIs and a run. Tow went 2-4 with a run. Also hitting were Hutchins, Miner and Walker.

Bitter, Hutchins and Miner each recorded a double. Hutchins had two RBIs, and Miner had one.

Junction City had 10 hits, led by Stripling and Bumcrot going 3-5, Stripling with three RBIs and two runs.

Hutchins three seven innings, giving up 10 hits, five walks and nine runs, six of them earned. She struck out seven batters.

Kister threw a complete game for Junction City, giving up three walks, eight hits and six runs, four of them earned, while striking out seven.

Junction City 110 304 0 – 9 10 1

Sweet Home 031 200 0 – 6 8 3

Junction City 10, Sweet Home 7

Sweet Home led most of the way in the second game, but the Tigers scored five runs in the top of the sixth to take the win.

Junction City scored two runs out of the gate, but Sweet Home quickly answered, scoring five times in the bottom of the first.

Bitter started the scoring after reaching base on a single. Zanona doubled to advance her to third, and Bitter scored on a ground out by Hutchins to the pitcher, the Miner hit a home run to score Zanona and take a 3-2 lead.

The Huskies grew their lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the third. The Tigers added three, trailing 6-5 in the fifth inning, but the Huskies expanded their lead to 7-5 in the bottom of the sixth.

In the top of the sixth, Sydney Collins and Bauer singled. Williams bunted and reached on an error, scoring Collins.

Stripling singled to score Bauer and tie the score 7-7. Williams scored to take an 8-7 lead and the win on a ground out by Bumcrot.

Sweet Home had 11 hits on the game, with Bitter going 2-3 with a run and Bailee Hartsook going 2-4 with two RBIs, two doubles and a run. Mauer went 2-3 with two RBIs, and Walker went 2-4 with two doubles and two runs.

Miner had a hit with two RBIs and a run. Zanona had a hit with a run and a double. Toree Hawken had a hit.

Tow scored a run on one walk.

The Tigers had nine hits led by Potter, who went 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs.

Tow started on the rubber, giving up three walks, nine hits and 10 runs, nine of them earned. She struck out two. In relief the final 1 2/3 innings, Hutchins struck out two batters.

Kister pitched a complete game for Junction City, giving up two walks, 11 hits and seven earned runs while striking out 12 batters.

Junction City 200 035 0 – 10 9 0

Sweet Home 501 010 0 – 7 11 2

Sweet Home 14, Sutherlin 3

Sweet Home grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first inning and beat Sutherlin under the 10-run rule in the fifth inning.

At bat, Mauer went 3-3 with two RBIs and three runs. Miner and Tow each had two hits, Miner with four RBIs, a double and two runs and Tow with an RBI, a double and a run.

SUNHEE BITTER battles at the plate. She batted .837 in a doubleheader Friday against Junction City.

Hartsook had a hit and a run. Bitter had a hit and two runs.

Carter scored two runs, while Torree Hawken had one run. Kate Hawken and Marissa Kurtz each recorded one RBI and one run, while Hutchins and Zanona each had one RBI.

Sutherlin had three hits led by Bailey Westrom with a double and two RBIs.

Hutchins was starting and winning pitcher, going 3 1/3 innings and giving up two walks, two hits and two runs, one of them earned, while striking out four.

Walker pitched in relief, giving up a walk and an unearned run with two strikeouts.

Sutherlin staff, Westrom and Brittany Jakubiec, gave up four walks, nine hits and 14 runs, 10 earned, with two strikeouts.

Sutherlin 002 01x x – 3 3 2

Sweet Home 328 1xx x – 14 9 2


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