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Huskies win two to stay in tie for league softball lead


April 10, 2019

SUNHEE BITTER throws to second base to cut off a Cascade base runner after fielding the ball.

After losing 8-4 to second-ranked Junction City on the road in a non-league softball game April 1, the Huskies went on to beat 12th-ranked Cascade 2-1 at home April 3 and Sisters 13-1 in five innings under the 10-run rule Friday on the road.

Sweet Home, seventh in statewide OSAA rankings, is tied with 10th-ranked Philomath for the top spot in the Oregon West Conference. Both teams are 4-1. Cascade, Newport and Stayton are tied for third, each with 3-2 records in league.

The Sky Em League, which the Huskies left this year, has three top-10 teams, Marist, Junction City and Elmira.

"They definitely have a different level," said Sweet Home Coach Karyn Hartsook. The Huskies led early against Junction City, but they struggled to put together hits and finish scoring, while Junction City put the ball into play and capitalized on it.

Against Cascade, we were able to get our bats down and play a little bit of 'small ball,' as we call it," Hartsook said. "Their pitching is not the speed we usually see."

It's "very slow," Hartsook said, and her players had to adjust. That required a trip through the lineup against a team that was solid defensively.

No one scored until the bottom of the fourth. Then Graci Zanona and Sunhee Bitter each singled on bunts, with Zanona reaching third base. Zanona scored as Ashtyn Walker reached on an error.

Marissa Kurtz grounded into a double play at shortstop. Bitter scored while Kurtz was out at second and Walker was out at third, giving Sweet Home a 2-0 lead.

Madison Walliman scored for Cascade in the top of the fourth after grounding into a fielder's choice. She scored on a fly ball to center field by Camryn Boyles.

Bitter led at bat for Sweet home, going 2-3 and scoring a run. Zanona had one hit and one run.

Boyles and Mackenzie Dysinger each had one hit for Cascade.

Walker collected the win for Sweet Home, giving up two hits, three walks and one earned run while striking out two.

For Cascade, Dysinger gave up three hits, a walk and one earned run with three strikeouts.

A game scheduled Monday at Newport was postponed. The Huskies are scheduled to host Woodburn Wednesday, April 10, travel to Philomath Friday and to Stayton Monday, April 16.

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Sweet Home 13, Sisters 1

Sweet Home started its game against the Outlaws scoring three.

Zanona and Bitter singled to reach base. Walker grounded out but scored Zanona. Kurtz walked, and Savannah Hutchins knocked a line drive out to center field to double and score Bitter and Kurtz.

The Huskies scored twice again in the third inning and eight times in the fourth. Sisters brought one runner home in the bottom of the fifth.

ALLISON MINER battles at the plate.

The Huskies collected 16 hits, led by Zanona going 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs and Hutchins going 3-4 with three RBIs and a run.

Bitter went 2-4 with three runs, and Samantha Virtue went 2-3 with an RBI and a run.

Also hitting were Walker, Kurtz, Bailee Hartsook, Allison Miner with a double and Emily Brown.

Taylor Foley and Keely Malloy each had a hit for Sisters.

In the circle, Walker struck out nine, giving up two hits, one earned run and no walks.

Payden Petters, throwing for the Outlaws, gave up 15 hits, 12 earned runs and three walks. Pitching in relief after two outs in the fourth, Malloy gave up one hit.

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