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Softball team shuts out CG, loses to Elmira


May 9, 2018

ASHTYN WALKER, right, and Sunhee Bitter close in on a pop up by Elmira.

Savannah Hutchins threw a no-hitter on the way to a 15-0 shutout in softball over Cottage Grove in the second game of a doubleheader on the road Friday following an 18-1 win in the first game.

With an early lead, Elmira snatched the win 11-6 May 1 in Sweet Home, leaving Sweet Home 9-5, ranked 12th in the state and third in the Sky-Em League behind Elmira, 11-3, and Junction City, 14-0.

Sutherlin, 5-9, is in fourth place. Cottage Grove, 2-12, is in fifth, and Sisters, 1-13, is in sixth.

The Huskies are locked into a third-place finish in the Sky-Em, said Coach Karyn Hartsook. Based on rankings, she is hoping to host a play-in game.

Against Elmira, "we didn't hit consistently throughout our lineup," Hartsook said. "When you don't do that against a quality team like Elmira, they'll get you. Defensively, we did OK."

Elmira pitcher Kylee Anderson has "a little bit different presentation," Hartsook said. "We hit her well when we went to Elmira. It comes down to the hitting.

"Our defense is settled in. The kids are performing defensively."

Sweet Home was scheduled to visit Sisters Tuesday for the final game of Sky-Em action. They will travel to Banks Thursday for an extra game prior to the play-in round of playoffs.

Sweet Home 15,

Cottage Grove 0

The Huskies racked up runs out of the gate in the second game with Graci Zanona getting things going with a double.

She scored on the next at bat on a wild pitch to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. Ashtyn Walker and Allison Miner walked, and Savannah Hutchins reached base on an error at shortstop to load bases.

Bailee Hartsook singled, scoring Walker and Miner. Ally Tow singled to score Hutchins, and Jasmine bunted to score Hartsook.

Tow scored on a ground out by Torree Hawken, and Carter scored on a ground out by Sunhee Bitter to give the Huskies a 7-0 advantage after one inning.

Sweet Home scored four more in the second, three in the third and one more run in the fourth to win 15-0 under the 10-run rule in the fifth inning.

As a team, they collected 16 hits, led by Walker, who went 3-3 with three runs, and Hartsook, who went 3-4 with two runs and four RBIs.

Zanona, Tow and Hawken each had two hits. Hitting once were Marissa Kurtz, Miner, Hutchins and Carter.

Hartsook and Walker each hit triples, and Tow and Zanona each hit doubles. Zanona also hit a home run.

Miner and Tow each had two RBIs. Collecting one each were Carter, Hawken and Zanona.

In the circle, Hutchins gave up just one walk in five innings. She struck out five batters.

For Cottage Grove, Tori Taylor gave up four walks, 16 hits and 15 runs, 10 of them earned.

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Cottage Grove 000 00 – 0 0 3

Sweet Home 18,

Cottage Grove 1

Zanona scored Bitter, who led off with a single, on a triple line drive to left field, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

Walker hit a line drive to center field to score Zanona advancing to second on a shot by Miner and scored on an error by the catcher. Hutchins knocked a fly ball into left field to knock in Miner. Tow singled to give the Huskies a 5-0 lead in the first inning.

The Huskies added two more runs in the second inning, and the Lions brought home a single run in the fourth inning.

Sweet Home scored another 11 runs in the fifth inning to end the game under the 10-run rule.

With 18 hits as a team, Bitter led the Huskies at bat, going 4-5 with a double, three runs and an RBI.

Hutchins and Walker each had three hits, Walker with two runs and an RBI and Hutchins with a double, two runs and three RBIs.

Tow and Zanona each had two hits, Zanona with a triple, three runs and two RBIs and Tow with a home run, two runs and four RBIs.

Hitting once were Kylie Armstrong, Hartsook, Carter and Hawken. Armstrong hit a double, with a run and two RBIs. Hartsook scored two runs. Carter scored a run. Hawken scored a run and recorded an RBI. Miner scored a run.

Walker threw a complete game, giving up one hit to Kailey Cox and one unearned run. She struck out seven batters.

For Cottage Grove Chloe Malmstedt gave up 18 hits, no walks and 18 hits, 12 of them earned. She struck out two.

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Elmira 11, Sweet Home 6

Elmira pitcher and lead-off batter Kylee Anderson hit a home run to give Elmira a 1-0 lead out of the gate.

Walker struck out the next batter, and the next two flew out.

Elmira built its lead to 3-0 in the second inning and drove in another five runs in the third inning to go ahead 8-0. The Falcons scored again on a home run by Taylor Dorsey in the fifth.

The Huskies finally scored in the bottom of the fifth when Zanona singled to knock in Bitter, who also reached base on a single.

Sweet Home closed the gap a little more in the bottom of six on a triple line drive to right field by Hawken, scoring Kate Hawken and Hartsook.

Elmira answered with a pair of runs in the final inning to go ahead 11-3.

In the seventh, Bitter scored on the throw on a single by Walker. Zanona and Walker scored on a single by Torree Hawken before the end of the game.

Sweet Home collected 11 hits, with Bitter, Zanona, Hartsook and Hawken each hitting twice. Walker, Hutchins and Armstrong each had one hit.

Walker got the start for Sweet Home, giving up six hits and six runs, four earned, with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. Hutchins finished the game, giving up two walks, eight hits and five runs, three earned, with four strikeouts.

Anderson led at bat for the Falcons, hitting three times and recording a home run and three RBIs. She went six innings, giving up no walks, seven hits and three runs, one earned, with six strikeouts. Pitching in relief the final inning, Maranda Hanson gave up one walk, four hits and three earned runs.

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Sweet Home 000 012 3 – 6 11 3


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