Husky softball team aiming for return to state playoffs


March 15, 2023

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Varsity softball team members are, in front, from left, Riley Watkins, Addy Vannice and Makayla Guthrie. In the second row, from left, are Natalie Smith, Kelsie Rush, Nora Pettner, Jocelyn Fairchild, Brooke Burke and Trinity Victor. In the rear, from left, are Coach Jezreel Mitten, Head Coach Emily Marchbanks, Aubrey Newberry, Abigail Olsen, Adisen Graber, Coach Chloe Fairchild and Coach Brent Smith.

Last year, Sweet Home's softball team finished the season 19-7 overall and placed third in the Oregon West Conference with a 13-5 record.

They won a play-in game against Gladstone 12-2 but then got blown out on the road at Henley 15-0 in the ensuing playoff game.

This year, new Head Coach Emily Marchbanks hopes to make a return trip to the playoffs.

"Our goal is to get to state and go to postseason," said Marchbanks, who starred as a pitcher for the Huskies before graduating in 2014. After completing her college career, she's spent the last four years as an assistant to Karyn Hartsook bef...

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