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Huskies get by with a little help from the Falcons


Walks and errors sink La Salle, twice

Last week was a tough week for La Salle Prep’s baseball team.

The Falcons outhit North Marion 20-9 in two games but dropped both games to the Huskies. Walks, errors and a lack of timely hitting cost the Falcons.

La Salle ace Trey Norton (4 strikeouts, 3 hits) walked nine batters (2 intentional) and hit a batter in a 4-3 loss to the Huskies, and his teammates booted the ball around for six errors in that game. Only one North Marion run was earned, and the Falcons left 10 runners on base.

Lefty Sean Hays (6 strikeouts) walked four batters in a 4-2 loss to the Huskies. The Falcons committed three errors in that game and they left nine baserunners stranded.

In their 4-3 win, the Huskies scored the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth. Norton hit the first batter, a second batter reached on an error, and the winning run scored on a line drive that went through the legs of La Salle’s first baseman.

Norton went 3-for-4 at the plate in the 4-3 loss. Hays went 2-for-3, with two RBI; Sam Eichhorn went 2-for-3.

Commenting on the 4-3 loss, La Salle coach Mike Reed said, “I’ve been coaching 41 years and it was the worst strike zone I’ve ever seen....”

North Marion pitcher Wyatt Moore struck out six and walked one, while the Falcons reached him for 10 hits.

North Marion had one big inning in the 4-2 win. The Huskies scored three runs in the top of the third on two walks, three infield hits and a run-scoring sacrifice fly.

“Three of their four runs were lead-off walks,” Reed observed.

Grant Studdard (3-for-3) headed up La Salle’s offense. He hit a two-run home run in the first inning, his second round-tripper of the year. Hays rapped a double.

“We’ve got to stop walking guys,” Reed said. “Walks and errors go hand-in-hand. When you give up a lot of walks, guys get bored, and they make mistakes.”

Reed noted that his Falcons, through their first 14 games, had allowed opponents 38 runs, only 19 of them earned.

With the pair of losses, La Salle slipped to 2-2 in the Tri-Valley Conference and to 9-5 on the season. North Marion (8-5, 4-0) continued unbeaten in league with the wins.

La Salle entertains Molalla (5-9, 2-2) this Thursday, and the Falcons host Seaside in a non-conference game at noon on Saturday.