By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.–The last two years, the Lady Loggers of Scio softball found themselves on the wrong end of Rainier in the 3A OSAA Semi-Final round. They were three runs short of the big show in 2016 during Head Coach Jim Mask’s first-year as Head Coach.
Entering his second-year, and a group of girls hungry
“Our goal is to win the State Championship, that’s what our goal is,” said Mask. “So everyday we work hard towards that goal and that’s what we got to be. We got a lot of games in between along the way so everyday we have a new goal to win that game. But our goal is to win the State Championship Game.
“So that’s the mindset we come out here everyday with in how hard we work with that goal in mind.”
And they seem to pick up where they’ve left off as they beat Pleasant Hill 6-3 behind four strikeouts by Kelsey Pollard and their offense overcame six strikeouts as Ashton Phillips led the way with a three-hit, two-runs-batted-in performance in the win. Rheanna McDaniels had a team-high three-RBIs in the season opener.
Their offense and defense were there in the three-inning, suspended game versus Dayton in a 12-0 suspended game as they entered Tuesday’s game with the same fire as they were slowly building all year.
“We left on a good note last season and we went to the Semis and end up losing,” said Pollard. “But we went to the semis so we wanted it even farther this year so we’re super excited and we wanted to go as far as we can.”
Tuesday rolled around and the sun was finally out in full force as Waldport came to town for a 3pm first pitch as the teams try to get one in before thunderstorms roll in late in the afternoon.
“I feel like when it’s me like this, it just reminds us of summer and makes playing even better and we love the sun,” smiled Pollard. “We just love playing softball.”
And it showed.
Pollard pitched just three innings, but she was the kyponite to the Luck of The Irish as she held them to two hits, no walks and had two strikeouts as the Lady Loggers built a 22-0 lead entering the fourth inning in their 23-1 victory to improve to 2-0 on the season.
“Pretty good, coming out strong and stuff,” adds McKenzie Reger who’s drew five walks in the first two ‘official’ games of the season on this strong start. “Just keep working hard on what we’ve been working on.
At 2-0 on the season,the hard work they’ve put in to this point has already been showing as they look to continue this trend into Friday’s game at the Friday through Saturday Pilot Rock Tournament in Pendleton in a few days.
“We got it out, the last few years we lost to Rainier in the semis so this year we’re ready to get them and get past the semis and make it to the championship and we all think we can.”
Scio open the Pilot Rock tournament with the host team in Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii at 11am.
BASEBALL-Down 8-3 entering the Bottom of the seventh inning, the Scio baseball team mounted a comeback as they used smart plate smarts starting with a Caleb Clevenger walk as the Loggers saw Waldport walk in three runs as Primm singles to score Lowther.
But Scio couldn’t force extra innings as the Irish denied the Loggers of the opportunity to either tie or walk-off with the victory.
Austin Ellis had nine strikeouts for Scio while adding a team-high three hits in the loss as the Loggers look to get into the win column Thursday versus Santiam at home.
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