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Softball team sweeps Sutherlin, loses close one to Junction City, battling for second


May 2, 2018

Sweet Home beat Sutherlin 8-4 and 9-7 in a softball doubleheader on the road Friday after losing a tight game 11-10 to top-ranked Junction City on April 24.

The week leaves the 11th-ranked Huskies at 7-4 in the Sky-Em League, third behind Elmira at 8-4. Junction City is 9-0.

Sutherlin, 5-6, is solidly in fourth place. Cottage Grove, 1-8, is in fifth, and Sisters, 1-10, is in sixth.

If the Huskies can get a win against Elmira, scheduled at home Tuesday, May 1, they should have a solid second-place finish in the Sky-Em, Coach Karyn Hartsook said.

Sweet Home will travel to Cottage Grove for a doubleheader Friday and Sisters on May 8. Sweet Home has shut out both teams in every game so far this year.

Elmira will face Sutherlin in a doubleheader Friday and then Junction City May 8.

Finishing second will allow the Huskies to host a play-in game ,depending on statewide rankings, Hartsook said. She is taking her team to Banks on May 10, and a win there should help boost Sweet Home’s ranking.

“I feel like as long as the girls perform, they’ll be extremely successful in the postseason,” Hartsook said. “Defensively, we have we have to get some things cleaned up in order to come out on top.”

The junior varsity defeated Junction City in one game and Sutherlin in two games to remain undefeated so far this season.

Sweet Home 8, Sutherlin 4

The Huskies built a quick 2-0 lead in the opening game of the doubleheader.

On an early out, Graci Zanona singled on a ground ball to center field. Ashtyn Walker advanced her to third singling on a line drive to left field. Allison Miner hit a fly out to center field, with Zanona tagging up and scoring and Walker moving to third.

Bailee Hartsook singled on a line drive to center field to score Walker.

The Huskies built their lead to 4-0 in the second inning and 5-0 in the top of the fourth. Sutherlin scored a couple of runs in the bottom of four.

The Huskies scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh, with Sutherlin scoring two more runs in the bottom of seven.

Leading at bat were Zanona, Walker and Hartsook with two hits each. Kylie Armstrong, Sunhee Bitter and Miner each had a hit.

Armstrong and Walker each hit doubles. Zanona collected three runs, and Miner collected two RBIs.

Caithlyn Carilo, Bailey Westrom and Savannah McHugill each collected two hits for Sutherlin.

Walker earned the win in the cirlce, going four innings and giving up two walks, four hits and two runs, one of them earned. She struck out five. Hutchins closed out the game, giving up five hits and two runs, one earned. She struck out four.

Westrom went six innings for Sutherlin, giving up five walks, eight hits and seven runs, two of them earned, while striking out two. Brittany Jakubiec threw the final inning, giving up a walk, a hit and an unearned run while striking out two.

Sweet Home 220 102 1 – 8 9 2

Sutherlin 000 200 2 – 4 9 4

Sweet Home 9, Sutherlin 7

The Huskies scored two runs out of the gate, with Bitter scoring on a single by Walker and Zanona scoring on a single by Miner; but Sutherlin scored four in the bottom of the first to take a 4-2 lead.

Carrilo walked and scored on a double by McHugill to get things going for Sutherlin. Westrom singled followed by a home run by Taylor Moser to go ahead 4-2.

“Sutherlin is that team you can’t overlook,” Hartsook said. “They put some hits on. They have some quality players.”

Sutherlin’s pitcher and shortstop are both really good players, she said.

The Huskies didn’t let Sutherlin keep the lead for long.

In the top of two, Sydney Mauer reached on an error at shortstop. Zanona walked advancing Mauer to second base, Walker was hit by pitch, loading bases.

Miner doubled on a line drive to center field, scoring Mauer and Zanona. Hutchings followed up with a line drive to right field to score Walker and Miner and take a 6-4 lead.

Sweet Home stayed ahead the rest of the game, going ahead 7-4 in the fourth. Sutherlin scored two in the bottom of the fourth, but the Huskies added another pair of runs in the top of the sixth. Sutherlin scored on more run in the bottom of the seventh.

Bitter and Miner led at bat, collecting three hits each. Bitter scored a run, and Miner scored a run and collected three RBIs.

Walker and Hutchins each had two hits, and Mauer and Hartsook each had one hit. Hutchins, Miner and Walker each hit doubles, and Mauer hit a triple. Hutchins had three RBIs, while Zanona, Walker and Miner each scored two runs.

Westrom went 3-4 to lead Sutherlin. She had two RBIs and a run. Jakubiec hit a home run.

Walker started in the circle for Sweet Home, giving up a walk, three hits and four earned runs. Hutchins relieved her in the first inning, earning the win, giving up a walk, nine hits and three earned runs with three strikeouts.

For Sutherlin, Westrom gave up two walks, 12 hits and nine runs, four earned, and striking out two.

Sweet Home 240 102 0 – 9 12 2

Sutherlin 400 200 1 – 7 12 4

Junction City 11, Sweet Home 10

The Huskies took a 2-0 lead early against Junction City. While it didn’t hold past the second inning, with Sweet Home committing five errors and giving up just three earned runs, the Huskies battled back to within a run of the Tigers by the end.

During the top of the first inning, Bitter walked and Zanona singled on a bunt to reach base. Miner singled on a line drive to third base, scoring Bitter. Hutchins doubled to drive in Zanona, giving the Huskies a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, the Tigers loaded bases on a walk, a single and an error. Mariah Ohman scored on a fly out after tagging up. Lindsey Stripling doubled to score two Sydney Collins and Lillian A. Bauer and take a 3-2 lead. They led 5-2 at the end of the inning. Junction City added another two runs in the third, but the Huskies kept pounding away at it, scoring a run each in the fourth and fifth and two more in the fifth. The brought home four more runners in the final inning but ended the game on a pop out with bases loaded.

“We were in the game for quite some time,” Hartsook sid. “We just didn’t quite get the hits together. There was lots of good things that happened.”

Bitter and Hutchins led the Huskies with three hits each. Bitter scored four times.

Zanona, Walker, Miner and Ally Tow each collected two hits, and Mauer had one. Hutchins hit a double, and Walker hit two. Tow hit a home run.

Miner and Walker each had three RBIs. Zanona had two RBIs and two runs. Hutchins and Tow each had an RBI.

Abigail led Junction City, going 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs.

In the circle, Hutchins started for the Huskies and collected the loss, gong three innings and giving up one walk, nine hits and seven runs, two earned, striking out two. Walker pitched the final three innings, giving up three hits and four runs, one earned, striking out one.

Jenna Kister threw a complete game for the Tigers, giving up three walks, 15 hits and 10 earned runs. She struck out seven.


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