PHS softball team issues payback to Sweet Home

Walking off the Philomath High School softball field back on April 15 following the team’s home opener, players were embarrassed. Sweet Home had clobbered the Warriors, 16-1, in a game shortened to four innings on the mercy rule.

The two teams hooked up again on Monday in Sweet Home and Philomath issued a little payback by leaving town with a 6-1 victory.

The Warriors have won four straight Oregon West Conference games and now stand at 5-2 in the league, 5-3 overall.

Philomath pitcher Kamden Combs was in the zone in a seven-inning performance that included just two hits allowed and only one walk issued with no earned runs.

The Warriors scored twice in the top of the first and never trailed the Huskies. Kaili Saathoff reached base on an error to open the game and after stealing third, she scored on a Reagan larson single. Three batters later, Larson made it home on a Combs grounder to the shortstop.

Sweet Home (5-4) scored a run in the bottom half of the inning on a pair of infield errors.

The game remained 2-1 into the sixth inning. That’s when the Warriors pulled away with four more runs for a 6-1 advantage. Ahnika Tryon was hit by a pitch, Ashlynn Barron singled to right and Saathoff walked to load the bases. Larson came through with a two-run double and then Emily King followed with a two-run single.

King went 4 for 5 with two RBIs, Larson finished 3 for 5 with three RBIs and both Presley Reichhuber and Barron had 2-for-3 games.

Philomath hits the field again Wednesday with a home game against Stayton. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. On Thursday, the team heads to Cascade.


Philomath 6, Sweet Home 1
Monday, May 3 at Sweet Home HS
TEAMS (RECORDS)1234567RHE
Philomath (5-3)20000106124
Sweet Home (5-4)1000000123
PHILOMATH
PlayerABRHBI
Saathoff, cf1200
Larson, c5233
King, 3b5042
Baldwin, 1b5010
Combs, p3001
Reichhuber, rf3020
Berger, lf4000
Tryon, ss2100
Barron, 2b3120
Bennett, cr0000
TOTAL316126
SWEET HOME
PlayerABRHBI
Harris, 1b-p3100
Burke, cf3020
Hartsook, ss3000
Fairchild, c3000
Johnston, 2b3000
Guthrie, p-1b3000
Layman, 3b2000
Graber, lf3000
Rush, rf2000
TOTAL25120
DP: Sweet Home 2. LOB: Philomath 13, Sweet Home 4. 2B: Larson.
PHILOMATH
PlayerIPHRERBBSO
Combs W721015
TOTAL721015
SWEET HOME
PlayerIPHRERBBSO
Guthrie L5106440
Harris220030
TOTAL7126470

JUNIOR VARSITY
FIRST GAME
Thurston 11, Philomath 3
Saturday, May 1, at Thurston HS, Springfield
TEAMS12345RHE
Philomath00300374
Thurston2342011140
JUNIOR VARSITY
SECOND GAME
Thurston 12, Philomath 4
TEAMS1234567RHE
Philomath0300100482
Thurston232023x1293
JV GAME NOTES
Philomath’s JV record stands at 6-4 on the season. … In the first game vs. Thurston on Saturday, Elizabeth Morales went 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs. … Kelsey Olsen (2 for 4), Morales (2 for 4) and Adrianna Hunter (2 for 3) had multiple-hit performances in the second game. … Hunter had a pair of RBIs and hit a triple. … Morales had two triples. … A game against Sweet Home scheduled for Monday was canceled. … Philomath’s next game for the JV is scheduled for May 10 at home vs. Woodburn.

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