By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Thursday’s game versus Jefferson was probably as close as a shell-shock as you can probably get if your the Lady Loggers of the Scio Softball team.
By the end of the second inning and up 10-2 on the Lady Lions, it seemed as if the Loggers were on the path once more similar to that of Tuesday’s game in Jefferson with that 13-0 victory.
However, whether it was sluggishness from a mental high with how they started the week, checking out for Friday’s game versus Amity; whatever it maybe, Jefferson took full advantage of it and made a 10-2 deficit into a manageable 12-6 deficit entering the fifth inning as three errors and eight of their 10 hits got the Lions back into the game against one of 3A’s best.
“I think we really just need to focus mentally, that’s all it is because we all know we all have the skills, it’s just focusing and still playing hard against a team we know we already beat,” said Emily Unrau.
“It was a little nerve-racking at first, we definitely needed a push I think,” adds Rheanna McDaniel. “We got comfortable when we beat Dayton and our coaches were worried about the first time we played Jefferson because your heads our big, you can walk through this but luckily we pulled it through.”
Scio settled in during the sixth inning defensively, looking like the Loggers of earlier this week, keeping Jefferson off the board as Olivia Zeiher re-entered the game after a hard hit earlier in the game and started off the inning with a huge lead-off double.
That was the spark that was needed to wake the bats of Scio again with RBI hits by McKenzie Reger, Ashton Phillips and McDaniel put the Loggers over the top for the 10-run rule for the 16-6 victory Thursday.
“It’s huge, hopefully we can keep it going through tomorrow, we started off strong so we don’t put ourselves in a hole like we did today,” said McDaniel.
Though they had a slow middle of a game, with how they finished the game is a big stepping stone for Friday’s home game versus the Lady Warriors.
“We all had a day-off yesterday and so I think that was part of it, but we all know we needed the break and coming into this game we knew we had to step it up for tomorrow because tomorrow’s game is kind of a big deal for us,” said Unrau. “I’m excited after seeing what we could do against Dayton and I think we’ve definitely got it tomorrow.”
First-pitch is at 4:30pm.
GAME NOTES: McDaniel had four RBIs in the game, two coming off a home-run in the third inning and her and Brooke Young both had three hits apiece in the game to lead the team.
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