By Jeremy McDonald
JEFFERSON, Ore.– With runners on second, on third with two outs and up just a run, Scio baseball needed a stop asap to preserve the win they battled so hard for.
They jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Lions of Jefferson behind another great outing by Ol’ Lefty Caleb Clevenger before Jefferson knotted it up at three in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Battling to end the damage, the Loggers did as they halted the Lions bats as Seth McClelland broke the 3-all deadlock to go up 4-3 as a pass ball put Scio up 5-3 by innings end.
“I was just hoping it was fair, it was close,” said McClelland as his hit along the first-base line landed just inches in fair territory in shallow right field.
And boy, did they needed those two runs as Jacob Lowther, McClelland, Clevenger and company came back out for the seventh in a huge game for the Loggers.
“It’s huge, we want to get into the league playoff,” said Lowther after the game. “(When) we have Clevenger on the mound, we think we can beat anyone. I think it’s a big opportunity for us, we need one more win, sweep these guys, go to Saturday to Colton and play baseball.
“We need to win the games.”
To get the win though, took some work as a pass ball had brought the game to within one and a few minutes later, the tying-run was 90 feet away and the winning run was 180-feet away.
Catching earlier in the game, Lowther was on the mound for a Aridos Chapman opportunity for his team up 5-4 versus Dakoda Davison who was looking to deny such an opportunity.
You saw how intense the game was on the faces of the players on the field as the Lowther-Davison battle was at 2-2 with two outs.
“Honestly I wasn’t too nervous, I really don’t get too nervous, I play a lot of sports, it was another pitch, I just had to throw strikes,” said Lowther. “Believe in my team to back me up, keep it over the middle and let him hit the ball.”
Lowther’s next pitch was the deciding factor was he struck out Davison as you saw the sigh of relief on his face and that of his teammates in the 5-4 victory as they look to finish the series Thursday at home at 5pm.
SOFTBALL- Lady Loggers 13, Lady Lions 0- Entering their game versus Jefferson, Scio was battling through a few bumps and bruises going into the game and were missing Kelsey Pollard due to illness.
But shifting a few people around, Kasidee Parazoo in the circle, Rheanna McDaniel to first, Olivia Zeiher to Center and bringing up Junior Varsity stud Nicole McIntosh to play Right Field in the game.
“It’s pretty exciting, I mean it’s kind of nerve racking the first time but it’s pretty fun,” said McIntosh who went one-for-three and made a fly-out catch as part of a 1,2,3 inning in the Top of the second.
But, it took a while for the bats of Scio to get going following their 12-run performance against Dayton Monday, scoring just a run entering the third inning.
It’s nothing to worry about however, just chalk it up as nerves as they got accustomed to the changes around them.
“Honestly I think it was because the lack in players and we were a little hesitate to get started with the players that weren’t here,” said Zeiher. “So we were a little nervous.”
“I think we just got more comfortable with the game, like the nerves were settling” adds McIntosh.
When they did, it looked like vintage Logger softball.
They went up 3-0 after three, 11-0 after four and 13-0 after five as Zeiher and Parazoo both hit home-runs, Nora Mikolas had a game-high three RBIs as the offense went for 13 hits in the win. Parazoo pitched a one-hitter with four strikeouts in her start in the circle.
Wednesday’s day-off will be important for the Lady Loggers as they prep and gear-up for Jefferson again Thursday and then another big showdown throwdown with Amity on Friday.
“The break will definetly be nice, but we will be ready for Amity,” said Zeiher.
As for an encore performance and to build from her Varsity Start Tuesday
“Well I think I’ll be here, watching and learning how to play positions, just to see what I have to do if I have to step up again
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Baseball and Softball Pictures by Jeremy McDonald