Sweet Home Baseball Shows ‘Grit and Tenacity’ Despite Setbacks in Series Against Stayton

Kelso Ellis sliding attempting to snag a foul fly ball. Photo by Sky Chappell

The Sweet Home Baseball team (2-16) has finished their third week of league. This week, they faced Stayton (9-10) with away games April 22 and 25, with one home game April 24. These games concluded 0-3 in favor of Stayton.

Head Coach Evan Teter attributed the end of this rough week to the mistakes and errors made.

“We made some mistakes this week that cost us. We committed 13 errors over the course of the series,” Teter said.

This did not take away from the lessons the team endured though, including key things about their defense.

“While we struggled on defense, we had a couple phenomenal pitching performances in games two and three,” Teter stated.

In the home game, April 24, senior player Huston Holly pitched his way into the sixth inning, recording an impressive five strikeouts and keeping Stayton to score only four runs. The home game ended 5-6.

Holly was also able to score a homerun in the first game of the series, keeping an RBI of two for the week. Senior Kayden Gutierrez also had a RBI of two for the week.

During the away games, the team was able to tie down a 100% stolen base percentage. However, during the series, senior Kelso Ellis was seen pitching, getting six strike-outs.

The final game, April 25, started with a last minute change. Sophomore Eddie Taylor started as pitcher.

“He showed amazing grit and tenacity, nearly going the distance, recording only 76 pitches in five and a third innings. Through the fifth inning Stayton had scored three runs, only earning two, before Stayton started to rally in the sixth after a few hit batters,” Teter said. Taylor was also able to record four strikeouts in the game.

The Huskies will be returning week four versus Cascade (2-15). The Huskies will be playing away April 29, and May 2, with an home game May 1.