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Ii g r- April I I, 2012 Page 11 ,SPORTS .... Huskies score 4-2 win over Elmira in baseball Sweet Home 4, Elmira 2 The Huskies edged out Elmira 4-2 at home on April 4 in baseball. "We played really well against Elmira," said Coach Matt Matuszak. "It was just a huge win for us." Elmira is a very good baseball team, he said. Elmira brought a 7-1 record into the game, suffering its only loss at that point at the hands of Sisters. Elmira was second to Sisters in the league last year, and it returned all of its players after making the state quarter-finals with Sisters. "It was the first game that we played to our capabilities all year, I thought," Matuszak said. Elmira and Sweet Home were both threatening to put runs on the scoreboard by the third inning, and Sweet Home finally broke through in the fourth, scoring four runs to get the win. Elmira had two runners on in the third, and in the bottom, Cory Hanks reached third base, but wasn't able to get home. In the fourth, with two outs, Elmira got a runner to second on a double and another on first with a walk before the Huskies caught a fly ball to left field. In the bottom of the fourth, Rice singled and stole second. Elmira's third baseman Chris Engholm trips over Kyle Winslow, who slides safely into base. Photos by Sean C. Morgan Justin Rice steals second on his way home to score the first run of the game in a 4-2 victory over Elmira at home on April 4. Kyle Winslow hit a sac bunt to move Rice to third. Hunter Bidwell singled to score Rice and the first run of the game. Jeremy White Singled, moving Bidwell to second. With the ball headed to first, Bidwell grabbed third base. With the ball headed for third, White stole second. Elmira sent the ball after White," and Bidwell stole h.ome for the second" run of the game. Colton l-Iolly singled to bring White home and then stole second. Nate Melcher bumped Holly to third with a single, and Hanks singled to score Holly and build a 4-0 lead. Hanks was picked off, and Justin Rice was'caught out on a fly ball to centerfield to end the inning with bases loaded. Elmira scored a run in the next inning and then again in the seventh. Rice pitched a complete game, giving up one walk, striking out three, hitting two batters giving up six hits and two runs. At bat, White went 1-3 with a run. Bidwell went 1-2 with a run and an RBI. Rice went 1-4 with a run. Melcher went 1-3. Hanks went 1-3 with an RBI. Holly went 1-2 with an RBI and a run. The Huskies are 2-2 in league and 3-9 overall. They face Junction City at home on Wednesday. Elmira 000 010 1 - 2 6 2 Sweet Home 000 400 0 - 4 6 3 See Baseball, page 18 SH 2 for 3 in softball, including l O-run win over Sisters Sweet Home 6, Cottage Grove 1 The Huskies easily defeated Cottage Grove 6-1 at home on the softball field Monday afternoon. Scoring two in the first inning and one each again in the second and third innings, the Huskies built an early 4-0 lead. They added two more runs in thesixth and gave up a single run in the seventh. The huskies got their leadoff hitters onto base, and they did their thing, stealing and moving around the bases, said Coach Casey Humphrey. Megan Graville pitched, giving up four hits and striking out four. She gave up no walks. Sayles pitched for Cottage Grove, striking out five batters and giving up one walk. Megan Rubidoux had a huge day at the plate, going 2-2 with a double, triple, an RBI and two runs. Sarah Wyatt went 3-3. Katie Virtue went 1-4, and McKenzie Cochran went 1-1. The Huskies are 3-1 in league and 4-3 overall. They face Junction City, which Humphrey believes will be one of the Huskies' toughest rivals, on the road Wednesday. Photos by Sean C. Morgan Katie Virtue squeaks into third base during Friday's 11-1 route of Sis- ters. Sweet Home 000 000 1 - 1 4 5 Cottage Grove 211 002 0 - 6 7 1 Elmira'4, Sweet Home 1 The Huskies were in a position to win it, but the Falcons held them off winning 4-1 on Saturday at Elmira. "We left 11 runners on base," Humphrey said. The Huskies had bases loadecl and runners on bases several times. When they finally had their chance on a two-out hit from Shantel Pitts at the end o'f the game, Elmira caught the first runner- at the plate. The girls did a good job of hitting, but they didn't get the big hit they needed, Humphrey said. That leaves Humphrey optimistic. "I would not be surprised if we don't go beat them the next two out of three," Humphrey said. "They're good too, but we're right there. What we realized is we were there. We just missed that big hit to score three, four, five runs." Emily Marchbanks started the game. She gave up four hits and one walk, striking out three batters. Graville pitched three innings, giving up one hit, striking out two and giving up two walks. Boytz was the winning pitcher. She gave up one run, six hits and two walks while striking out nine batters. Wyatt led at bat, going 3-4. Riggs wrnt 1-4, and Pitts went 2-2. Sweet Home 000 010 0 - 1 6 1 Elmira 012 001 x - 4 5 4 See Softball, page 20 Teammates congratulate Emili Riggs, center, on what might have been her first homerun of the game. It turned out the ball went through the fe.nce instead of over the fence, and the hit counted as a double, but Riggs ' next trip to the plate was a homerun.