By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– There’s a bit of a history between Amity and Scio Softball entering their meeting Friday in Scio.
They played each other in 2013-2014 twice, spiltting both meetings, and though the Lady Loggers have taken the last two meetings, the game was still going to be interesting.
Scio jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Lady Warriors as a rain delay gave the Amity some mojo entering the third inning with making some contact with Kelsey Pollard’s pitches.
“Well it was really frustrating, yesterday it was like 80 degrees and super nice,” laughed the Warriors Callee Roberts. “It being like this was a disappointment, but that’s ok.”
Lady Loggers Brooke Young echoed that sentiment, citing it’s Oregon, they’re used to it.
“Being in Oregon, it’s not that big of a deal,” said Young, who had a great defensive performance Friday. “It’s nice having this turf, but it definitely, the ball definitely plays different when it’s wet, so that’s always a struggle.”
Outside of those three-runs, it was actually a back-and-forth contest that saw Amity turn a 6-1 deficit to 6-4 by the bottom of the sixth behind three homeruns, one each by Roberts, Morgan Croxford, and Breaha Wright.
Roberts pointed that outside of that first inning in the downpour that saw her team play out of character in walking people and allowing three runs in one inning, she was happy with how they played against Scio in the soaker of a game.
“Honestly I wasn’t that frustrated with it because, given that the first inning they got three runs and then we had a delay the game,” starts Roberts. “I don’t really count those three runs because it was wet, we couldn’t pitch, we were walking people we won’t normally walk because we never play like that
“But I’m not frustrated because we played well and we proved that we can play against these guys, even in the rain.”
In the bottom half of the sixth inning however, the Loggers added the dagger with two insurance runs to hold off Amity’s rally, Nora Mikolas and Pollard RBI singles to seal the deal as after a Breanae Huskey single, the Scio defense forced three-straight groundouts to end the game, stranding Husky at third.
Ashton Phillips, who with Kasidee Parazoo and Mikolas had two-hits apiece, said that after Thursday’s eye-opener to Jefferson, Friday’s game was a quailty win as they have a doubleheader at Colton Saturday.
“Yesterday was definitely hard for us to be able to go through that stuff but, coming out and beating them,” said Phillips. “I mean they’re a good team, it just shows how much dedication we have for the team and how much we’ll work back to get back to where we need to be.”
“Just having everyone on the fence and cheering the entire game,” adds Young. “Everyone needs to stay focus on the game and then we’ll be alright.”
After winning four straight, the Lady Warriors winning streak ends, but with Sheridan Monday to start their final week that sees them play the Lady Spartans, Santiam Christian, West Valley League-Leader in Dayton and closing out the season with the Lady Lions of Jefferson; they’ll carry into this final week knowing they can compete with the Scio’s and the Lady Pirates out there with playoffs looming.
“Even though we lost, we can definitely carry this because we know we can play well, we can play with these guys, the Top Three teams, we can play with them and we can do it, we can go all the win,” said Roberts. “I believe we can.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald