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JC edges out SH in 10-inning game


May 2, 2018

Tied for first last week with Junction City in baseball, the Huskies lost two extra-inning games to Junction City at home on April 24 and Wednesday and then turned around and won both games of a doubleheader against Sutherlin at home Friday.

The Huskies continued started the day April 24 finishing the second game of a doubleheader from April 6. The second game had been tied 8-8 after eight innings when the game was called due to darkness and was rescheduled to continue later. Junction City won the game 9-8.

They began their regularly scheduled game Tuesday, with Junction City leading 17-15 in the top of the 10th inning. The two teams completed the game Wednesday with neither side scoring again.

The Huskies beat Sutherlin 13-0 and 3-1 Friday.

With those games, the Huskies are 7-4 and in second place behind Junction City, 9-2. Sisters, 6-3, is in third, followed by Cottage Grove, 5-6; Sutherlin, 4-7; and Elmira, 0-9.

The Huskies were scheduled to travel to Elmira Tuesday and will host Cottage Grove Friday in a doubleheader. Game times are 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. They host Sisters at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday finishing regular season and then travel to South Albany on May 14.

Junction City 9, Sweet Home 8

Tied 8-8 after eight innings, the two teams went three more innings, with each team putting runners on base every inning, said Coach John Best. Junction City scored a run in the bottom of the 11th to finish the game.

Junction City 17,

Sweet Home 15

Junction City walked one and singled to put runners on base in the first inning, but with two fly outs and a runner caught stealing third, the Huskies were quickly at bat taking a commanding lead.

Keegan Holly, who walked, and Nathan Virtue, who hit a double, scored when Zach Luttmer doubled on a fly ball to right field. The Huskies racked up six more runs before Junction City could close down the inning.

Each team managed to score a run in the third, and the Huskies led 9-1 going into the fifth inning. Then Junction City tied it up.

“We can’t finish,” said Colton Smith, who played catcher in the game. “We got content. They started hitting the ball. We weren’t making plays were making prior to the fifth inning.”

“Junction City battled,” Best said. “They didn’t give up. I give them credit, but I feel like we gave them an awful lot of runs to get back into it. It’s always hard when you feel like your giving away some runs.”

The Huskies had their moments too when Sweet Home had to make comebacks, Best said. “There some battling on both sides.”

The Tigers scored two runs on an error, single, hit by pitch and a sacrifice fly. They scored again with the batter grounding out to first base, and on two outs, they scored five more runs to tie the game 9-9.

Both teams were productive again in the sixth inning, with Sweet Home regaining the edge 14-13. Junction City went ahead 15-14 in the top of the seventh, and the Huskies answered, tying the game 15-15 sending another game into extra innings.

Neither team was able to bring in a run in the eighth or ninth innings, but Junction City racked up two more in the top of the 10th when darkness again put a game on hold. They finished the game quickly the next day, with neither team scoring again.

“They’re well-balanced,” Best said. “They all pitched well. They competed at the plate.”

On the mount, Nate Virtue got the start, going 4 2/3 innings against Junction City. He gave up eight hits, two walks and seven unearned runs while striking out two.

Pitching in relief were Zach Zanona, going 1 1/3 innings and giving up six hits, two walks and six runs, two earned, with two strikeouts. Anderson gave up two earned runs on a walk and two hits.

In the first seven innings, Junction City pitching staff gave up 14 runs, 12 earned, on six walks and 14 hits with five strikeouts.

Available statistics were incomplete following the top of the seventh inning.

At bat, Holly went 3-4 with four runs to lead the Huskies. Travis Thorpe, Smith and Anderson each had two hits. Virtue, Luttmer, Nick Marler, Zanona and Austin James each had a hit.

Luttmer had three RBIs, while Thorpe, Anderson and Marler each had two. Marler hit a triple, while Anderson, Luttmer, Smith and Virtue each hit a double.

For Junction City, Jonathan Prescott and Chico Guzman led at bat, each going 3-5.

Junction City 001 084 200 2 – 17 16 1

Sweet Home 801 005 100 0 – 15 14 3

Sweet Home 13, Sutherlin 0

This was “our first real complete game where we hit the ball well and ran the bases well,” Best said. His team played good defense and put up runs every inning.

They were able to get Sutherlin’s ace pitcher Payton Hope off the mound by the middle of the second inning, Best said. Throwing a complete game for Sweet Home, Smith gave up a just a couple of “rinky dink” early hits and then a couple of walks, but the team had no errors. Smith struck out two batters.

“Defense was there,” said Smith. “I had people behind me.”

Sutherlin went three up, three down on pop flies to open the game.

Sweet Home got going with Holly singling on a ground ball to shortstop. He advanced to third when Virtue grounded out to second base, and Luttmer knocked him to start Huskies scoring. Thorpe hit a ground ball and reached on an error, scoring Luttmer. The Huskies scored twice more in the first inning.

They scored seven more in the second and won under the 10-run rule in the fifth inning.

Luttmer led Sweet Home at bat going 3-4 with two runs and two RBIs. James, Anderson, Smith and Holly each had two hits, and Zanona had one.

Anderson collected three RBIs, and Smith recorded two. Holly hit a double.

Pitching for Sutherlin, Hope gave up nine hits and 11 runs, nine of them earned. With two pitching in relief, the Bulldogs allowed 13 runs on 12 hits and two walks with one strikeout.

Sutherlin 000 00 – 0 2 1

Sweet Home 471 1x – 13 12 0

Sweet Home 3, Sutherlin 1

Sweet Home gave up an early run, trailing 1-0 until the bottom of four in its second game against Sutherlin.

Sweet Home’s defense was there, and Anderson threw a good game, Best said, but offensively, Sutherlin’s Riley Westbrooks mixed up the Huskies and kept them off balance with some of his pitching.

“I thought we competed at bats, and we still had defense,” Best said.

Sutherlin grounded out twice out of the gate, and then Steven Hagar reached base on a line drive to left field. Cade Meisner hit a line drive to left field to advance Hagar to second. Dylin Peterman shot a fly ball into left field to score Hagar.

The Huskies tied the game in the bottom of the fourth.

Luttmer singled on a hard ground ball to left field. Thorpe sacrificed himself to the catcher advancing Luttmer to second. Smith walked, and Anderson scored Luttmer, singling on a ground ball to center field.

The Huskies closed the deal in the bottom of six with Thorpe singling and Smith walking. Anders bunted and reached on an error, scoring Thorpe. Smith scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Marler.

Pitching, Anderson gave up three walks, four runs and one earned run with four strikeouts. Smith threw the final two innings and collected the win, giving up just one walk and striking out two.

Westbrooks gave up two walks, seven hits and three runs, one earned, with six strikeouts.

Holly led the Huskies at bat, going 3-4, with a double. Collecting one hit each were Luttmer, Thorpe and James.

Sutherlin 100 000 0 – 1 4 1

Sweet Home 000 102 x – 3 7 1


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