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Sweet Home off to fast start in baseball, winning first four

Sweet Home's baseball team got off to a fast start, going 4-0 in its first contests last week and early this week.

The Huskies started the season off with a 10-0 win against Woodburn on Thursday, April 15.

Head Coach John Best said Dawson Armstrong and Russell Holly did a nice job offensively.

The Huskies pitched four players in that game.

"Pitching went really well for us," he said.

The Huskies started Holly, then went to Nathan Aker, then Armstrong, then Jon "Houston" Holly to close the deal.

In the 15 outs of a five-inning game, Husky pitchers struck out 12 batters.

Best called it a "dominant pitching performance."

The Huskies then played a double header at Cascade on Saturday, winning both games.

The first game was 18-7 Sweet Home.

Armstrong started on the mound, and Aker took the Huskies the rest of the way.

Houston Holley did a great job at the plate, Best said. Casey Valloni hit an inside-the-park home run for Sweet Home.

"It was a good overall game, we were in control of it the whole time," Best said.

The game went the full seven innings.

The second game of the double header was a lot tighter, with Sweet Home eking out a 5-4 win over the Cougars.

The pitching for the Huskies in the contest was a family affair, with Russell Holly starting and his brother Houston Holly, a freshman, finishing on the mound.

"We kind of started out a little sluggish, to be honest," said Best. "Our bats weren't doing so well. But we picked it up at the end."

Sweet Home was down 4-1 going into the final seventh inning. The Huskies put ducks on the pond by drawing two walks to start the inning. They then moved the runners over with a base hit.

Austin Marler later hit a two RBI single up the middle to tie the game at 4-4. Aker then put down a safety squeeze with runners on the corners, scoring Valloni on a walk-off bunt to win the game for Sweet Home, 5-4.

Just like on their opening day, Sweet Home held Woodburn scoreless on Monday, coasting to an 11-0 victory.

Russell Holley pitched three innings and Aker threw the last two in the five-inning game.

Sweet Home batters had seven hits and were walked seven times.

Armstrong had a double and Dylan Luttmer had a double in the contest.