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Huskies finish second in baseball race with losses to Newport


May 15, 2019

AIDEN TYLER slides into the plate in the second game of Sweet Home's series with Newport.

The Huskies baseball team snagged a sixth-inning lead to win its second game May 8 at home against Newport last week, making its final game Thursday on the road the league championship – whichever team won was the league the champion.

Newport came out on top of that contest 7-4, winning the Oregon West Conference title.

The Huskies finished second, ahead of Philomath. Philomath and Sweet Home ended league last week with 13-5 records. Sweet Home won the tie by defeating Philomath in two of three games this season.

The final game, the third game in the series, "was really close," said Coach John Best. "We had the lead for quite awhile. It was a one-run game for quite awhile."

Newport is a good team, Best said, and the Huskies played hard against the Cubs.

Game two "was a huge win for us," Best said.

The Huskies game one 4-3 on May 6.

The game leaves the Huskies with a first-round bye in playoffs, Best said. They'll move directly to the bracket and play May 22.

They'll travel somewhere, Best said. "We have no idea where."

That depends on final rankings, which froze following other games around the state Monday night. Even then, the first round, Thursday this week, may affect who Sweet Home sees.

"We'll have about a week of practice," Best said. Based on games against Sisters and Newport the past two weeks, "I thought that we were playing really well, some of our best baseball, which is all you can ask for going into the post season."

There's always a shot, Best said. "We're going to have to play some pretty good baseball."

Newport 7, SH 4

The Huskies took a quick lead when Nate Virtue led off with a single followed by a triple from Zach Luttmer.

Colton Smith grounded out while Luttmer scored a second run.

Newport answered in the bottom of the second inning. Jacob Riley singled and then scored on a single by Traxon Luckini. Kaden Brungs singled, and then Ryan Torres hit a home run to build a 4-2 Newport lead.

The Huskies were right back at it next inning as Luttmer singled on a line drive to shortstop and Smith blasted out a home run to tie the game 4-4.

Newport went ahead in the bottom of the fourth when Bruns was hit by a pitch. Tyler Biddinger singled on a line drive to center field to score him and take a 5-4 lead. The Cubs scored two more in the sixth inning, while the Huskies went three up, three down in the top of the sixth and seventh.

Luttmer went 2-2 with an RBI and two runs to lead the Huskies offense. Virtue, Smith and Tyler each had one hit, Smith with three RBIs and a run and Virtue with a run.

Riley and Torres led Newport at the plate, collecting three hits each.

On the mound, Zach Zanona gave up one walk, 11 hits and five earned runs with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Aiden Tyler pitched the final out, giving up one hit.

Jacob Dobmeier went the distance for Newport, giving up one walk, five hits and four earned runs, striking out 14 Huskies.

Sweet Home 202 000 0 – 4 5 3

Newport 040 102 x – 7 12 1

Sweet Home 7, Newport 6

The Huskies opened their last home game and senior night with Newport going three up, three down and then scoring on a walk by Smith and a double by Tyler.

In the top of the second, Newport's Colt Braxling doubled and then scored on a ground out by Jonathan Fritz to tie the game.

In the bottom of the inning, Zanona batted in Gavin Nichols, who reached on a walk, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead, but Newport tied it up again on its next at bat with Bidding reaching on a double and scoring on fly out by Torres.

Newport's took a 5-2 lead in the top of the fourth on three walks, an error and a double by Biddinger.

Sweet Home chipped away at that lead in the bottom of the inning. Luttmer singled and scored on a Smith double. Smith scored on a Travis Thorpe double to trail 5-4.

The Huskies held Newport and tied the game in the fifth inning when Virtue singled to score Austin Olin.

In the sixth, Nichols singled and Dawson singled to score Nichols and take a 6-5 lead. Zanona scored Armstrong on a hard ground ball to center field.

The Huskies were able to hold Newport and get the win, allowing just one run in the seventh.

Zanona led the Huskies at bat, going 2-3 with two RBIs. Thorpe went 2-4 with an RBI.

Also hitting were Virtue, Luttmer, Smith, Tyler, Nichols, Olin and Armstrong. Thorpe, Tyler and Smith each had doubles.

Biddinger, Braxling and Mitchell Johnson each had two hits for Newport.

Virtue threw six innings, giving up four walks, six hits and two earned runs while striking out two. Tyler pitched the last inning, giving up a walk, two hits and one earned run.

Torres went 3 2/3 innings for Newport, giving up four walks, five hits and four earned runs with three strikeouts. Addison Galen threw two innings, giving up two walks, five hits and three earned runs. Biddinger pitched the final out, giving up one hit.

Newport 011 300 1 – 6 8 0

Sweet Home 110 212 x – 7 11 1


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