By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.–It could’ve been easy for the Scio softball team to overlook Salem Academy this week with what Friday brought, but they stayed focused and used Tuesday’s and Thursday’s games to set the tone for the PacWest and as a tool for Friday’s game against Rainier.
The Columbians have had the Lady Loggers number the past four meetings, handing Scio losses each of those meetings.
But there is something about this team this year for this regular season match-up that’s different as the Loggers walked off the turf field after their 27-0 victory over the Lady Crusaders, something really different.
“We’re working really well together as a team this year and if we play like we have been these past couple of games and we keep our focus and our team bond then we’ll be ok,” said Brooke Young.
Kasidee Parazoo stepped in for Kelsey Pollard as Pollard keeps her arm fresh for the big showdown Friday and Parazoo showed why she’s a viable part to the staff with six strikeouts and allowed one hit from Salem Academy.
Offensively, the bats were there as Rheanna McDaniels led the charge with an inside the park homerun and seven RBIs to Brooke Young’s five as Young too hit a homerun on the at-bat following McDaniels homer as Young points to how important it was to get the bats into a rhythm for Friday’s game.
“Getting the bats, they’re ready to get going. We’re excited for tomorrow, we’ll be here at eight in the morning getting ready for the game tomorrow,” said Young. “All of us are super excited, Rainier has beat us four times since my freshman year and we’re ready to take away the fifth.”
At 5-0, Rainier’s closest game has been versus a 5-1 4A Scappoose game (8-5) and held a offensive-driven Amity team to seven runs in their 15-7 victory earlier this season.
But, the question that’ll be answered Friday, can the Lady Loggers get over the hump and stud the Columbians on their home turf?
We’ll see. First pitch is at 3:30pm in Scio.
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