By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Whenever Caleb Clevenger has stepped on the dirt mound in 2017, the senior has been out-right dominate.
Entering Friday’s PacWest Game versus Jefferson, the senior was 2-2 on the season but that’s not the story in itself. It’s here:
In 20.2 innings entering Friday’s game, Clevenger complied 33 strikeouts on the season with his lowest K’s amount being five in the season opener versus Pleasant Hill. He happened to get those five in three innings of work.
But that’s all in apart of helping the team.
“It’s awesome,” said the senior. “I’m just love helping the team out and all the work I’ve put in paying off for us, I like going out there and getting the ‘W’, it’s always nice.”
Coming out versus the Lions, the senior once more got down to work forcing a groundout and a strikeout in his first two batters.
And though Jefferson went up one after a double that turned into a run from an error, Clevenger and crew kept the Lions in check as Clevenger picked up six more strikeouts over the second, third and fourth innings to bring his total to seven on the game.
Then the bats of the Loggers arrived to help their pitcher out as Cody Braatz drives to in during the bottom of the fourth before adding four more in the fifth inning, all coming with one out on the board as Clevenger struck out two more in the top half of the fifth.
Scio added an insurance run in the sixth to make it 7-1 and though Cleveneger sacrifice a single in the top half of the seventh, the senior struck out the next three batters to seal the 7-1 win over Jefferson.
“I know it was the bottom of the order, I just wanted to throw strikes, settle in, throw fastballs, just strike them out that’s the goal,” said Clevenger on settling down after Diego Rodriguez got to first off a single.
The win snaps the Loggers three-game skid and is Clevenger’s third win of the season as Scio gears up for Gervais (0-4, 0-3 PacWest) on Wednesday in Gervais.
“It felt really good, so hopefully we can go out next week against Gervais and get a couple more,” said Clevenger. “It’ll be nice.”
SOFTBALL- Rheanna McDaniels was something else Friday versus Jefferson.
The Junior went 3-for-3 and blasted two homeruns and drove in four RBIs in the 16-2 win over the Lady Lions to close out another strong week and bring the Scio Lady Loggers to a perfect 10-0 entering the weekend.
“I was pretty happy…the first pitcher (Laci Austin) is one of my best friends, so we always have these little rivalries, so it felt good,” said McDaniels on her performance Friday against her friend and Jefferson.45
Makenna Cooper too hit a homerun in the game as Nora Mikolas, McDaniels and Ashton Phillips all had four RBIs a piece in the contest as they now turn their focus back to Rainier in a rain-out make-up game Monday at home.
“It’s huge, we’ve done a lot of preparation for this game and I think we’re all ready, both mentally and physically,” said McDaniels on facing the Lady Columbians. “I can speak for not just myself, but for everyone we’re a stronger team as a whole, so we’re excited.”
Scio is looking to snap a four-game losing streak against Rainier with the first pitch for this showdown at 3:30pm.