By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– As Stayton opens the new season with new faces on the field in different positions, but there wasn’t any sort of stress about the situation at hand when they took to the diamond versus Sweet Home Wednesday afternoon as they know they still had a job to do.
“We weren’t stressed or anything, we knew there’s new people on the team. We knew that we had to start fresh and we knew it wouldn’t go perfect so we weren’t worried,” said Emma Heuberger.
The Huskies picked up two singles in the bottom of the second inning, but the Eagle defense kept them to that entering the third and answered their three runs in the bottom of the third with two runs of their own in the top of the fourth off a line-drive by Shelby Flatt that scored Sydney Maurer and Cedella Ritchie to make it 3-2 entering the bottom half of the inning.
Ritchie one of two freshman who played in the game along with Jade Beaumont.
But, the bats of Sweet Home tore the game open with back-to-back offensive innings that saw the Lady Huskies score four runs in each of the fourth and fifth inning to swing momentum in their favor of Sweet Home 11-2 entering the sixth inning.
For Stayton, their bats were only able to produce three hits in the game, one from each Emily Campbell, Maurer and Flatt in the game; but it’s the first-game of the season and it’s just of matter of finding their groove and rhythm.
“We’re just getting back into our groove, it’s still the beginning of the season so we’re still trying to get use to one another,” said Maruer, who had two strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work Wednesday afternoon to go along with her 1-2, one walk performance at the plate in the tough 12-2 season opening game. “It’s a really good learning experience especially since we’ve had so many good things happen and we need to take from that and just continue forward and not focus on this last game.
“Our outfeild and our infield are definitely improving.”
The Lady Eagles will be hosting Amity Friday at 4:30pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald