Huskies continue their fast start, go to 5-0 with doubleheader sweep

The Fortuna Huskies will face tougher competition as the season goes on, but for now they continue to take care of business after sweeping a baseball doubleheader at home to Willits on Friday.

The Huskies took game one 19-4 in five innings and won game two 4-0, as they improved to 5-0 on the early season.

“Five games in, we’re pleased with what we’re doing, but we also know some tougher competition is coming up,” head coach Andy Olsen said.  “So far so good, but we’re got a lot to improve on.”

The team’s pitching has been particularly impressive so far, with sophomore Drew Franklin and juniors Rogan Gans and Matt Letter leading the way.

Franklin pitched all five innings of game one on Friday and struck out four while giving up two earned runs on seven hits and no walks.

Gans got the win in game two, throwing 5.2 innings and allowing zero runs on three hits and two walks while striking out eight.

Letter closed out the game, striking out two and allowing no hits and no walks in 1.1 innings.

“They’re throwing a lot of strikes and getting a lot of ground balls, and we’re playing really good defense,” Olsen said.

The Huskies also impressed at the plate on Friday, with eight players hitting successfully in game one, including seven with multiple hits.

Daniel Osborne and Cole Ayala each had three hits, including a triple by Ayala, while Letter, Rylan Lommori, Cody Sauers, Tyler Schlesiger and Troy Bugbee each had two hits, including a triple by Letter and a double by Lommori.

Cody Collins rounded out a 17-hit team performance.

Lommori added another double in game two and was 2-for-3, while Cole Victorine was 2-for-2, and Letter, Ayala, Franklin and Bugbee each added a hit.

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