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Husky hardballers off to a rousing start

The first inning gave Sherman baseball coach Jeff Justesen a good glimpse as to the talent level he has in the batting order.

Sherman rapped out six hits and scored seven runs in the opening frame to move forward for a 19-4 mercy-rule win on a frigid, windy Monday in a non-league contest versus The Dalles Junior Varsity.

“We came out aggressive at the plate and did some good things,” Justesen said. “We made our own opportunities by getting on base, running the bases well, hitting the ball in the gaps and playing a good all-around game.”

In the first-inning outburst, the Huskies got RBI hits from Maverick Winslow, Austin Kaseberg, Cody Jauken, Max Martin and Nick Coleman to make it a 7-1 score.

Sherman tacked on four runs in the second, one in the third and seven more to the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning.

All told, the Huskies totaled 13 hits, as Coleman went 4 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Jauken added three hits, four runs and four RBIs, and Martin tallied a 3 for 4 effort with two runs and four RBIs.

Winslow had a double, two runs, two RBIs and three walks.

On the mound, senior southpaw Ben Holliday tossed two innings of no-hit ball with five strikeouts and three walks to get the victory.

“We wanted him to come out and throw strikes today,” Justesen said. “He was right around the zone and kept the ball down. He is a phenomenal pitcher and I am glad he is back here.”

The Eagle Indians managed one hit in the game, Izaac Tapia went 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored.

Daniel Peters had a walk and a run scored, and Charlie Hert also received a walk.

Sherman (1-0 overall) canceled its Saturday game at home versus Umatilla, so the next game is scheduled for noon on Friday, April 4.

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