Huskies win, Stayton Softball Eyeing Thursday Rematch

By Jeremy McDonald

AURORA, Ore.–  For the North Marion Lady Huskies, it was all they could’ve asked for Tuesday against Stayton; for the Stayton Lady Eagles, it was the polar opposite.

The score said it all, 16-0 in favor of North Marion to improve to 11-4 and 5-0 in the Oregon West Conference as Stayton dropped to 6-9 and 1-4 in league play following the loss.

Senior infielder Kelsie Henry liked how they came out and executed Tuesday with their bats.

“It felt really good,” she said.  “We came in 4-0 in league and we knew Stayton was down this year.  We felt pretty good coming in and we took care of business and everything worked out for the best.”

North Marion’s Kelsie Henry (16) smiles as she gets to first base in Tuesday’s win (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

The Huskies confidence showed immediately as they built a 8-0 lead after the first inning and 12-0 through two.

But, Stayton showed some fight in spurts though.

They were able to make contact versus North Marion’s Mica Harrington to get on base and made some defensive plays to slow down the offensive output by the Lady Huskies.

The Eagles couldn’t get out of the Mercy Rule sadly, and Sydnee Neuharth knew it was a matter of who wanted it more

“It’s a battle of who wants it more,” said the junior. “Today, I feel like the heat got to us and they wanted it more.  But Thursday, we’re going to come back and we’re going to get them because it’s a game of who wants it more.  That’s it.”

The scoreboard read 16-0 by the last Stayton out after the Top of the fifth inning.

Neuharth knows that, with the scoreboard burning as bright as the heat on the field behind her, to hand the Huskies their first loss in OWC-play, it starts with their bats and getting into the head of the pitcher.  No matter if it’s Harrington or whoever is in the circle.

Stayton’s Alexus Hemphill (2) jogging back to the dugout after her At-Bat (Picture By Jeremy McDonald

“We just need to get the bats going and keep talking to each other, stick together and hit,” said Neuharth.  “It’s just more, we need to get into her head more and win the battle.”

Henry admits that they need to stay the course come Thursday knowing that Stayton will come back on their home field fired up and ready to avenge Tuesday’s loss on the road.

“We just have to make sure that we stay strong hitting and take care of business then we should be fine, it should be good,” she said.

BASEBALL: NORTH MARION 8, STAYTON 5-  The Huskies rallied back from 4-1 down mid-game, thanks in part to miscues by the Eagles, to win their second OWC-game of the season.





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