By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– About two innings into their 10am game with North Valley, Scio softball assistant coach Jess Holsinger called the girls in before they went out to bat to start the next inning.
With the game tied at two-apiece and facing with adversity of a morning game and the adversity in game, a spark was needed along the way to get them rolling against a Lady Viking squad looking for their third-win in a row and the Lady Loggers were looking to get a winning streak going sitting at 2-2 overall.
“It just kind of showing us that odds are against us but we have to fight through it and not letting the calls get us down,” said Kelsey Pollard of the talk.
For Pollard, who started in the circle to start the double-header had to work around a new strike-zone she wasn’t used to, but when she found her groove, the senior kept North Valley to those two runs as Pollard struck out 10 in the 14-2 win.
“We had to adjust,” said Pollard. “I had to bring the pitches in s little bit until I found out what he would call strikes.”
Brooke Young broke the 2-2 tie with a RBI Double that scored Makenna Cooper in the top part of the third and Ashton Phillips sent a solo home-run to right field to give the Loggers a 4-2 cushion entering the fifth inning following another defensive hold.
In the fifth, that’s when Scio took off when they went off for six runs that was set up by five hits while capitalizing on errors and pass balls by the Vikings.
“It’s just momentum, we just feed off of one another so when someone gets a hit, it’s easy to get the ball rolling,” said Young, who had five RBIs in the win and had two come off of a near home-run shot herself in the fifth.
By the end of the top half of the inning, the Lady Loggers once 4-2 lead was now 10-2 as they tacked on four more runs in over the next two innings to take the game 14-2.
The bats continued to roll as they jumped out to a 8-0 lead over Cascade Christian entering the fifth inning as Phillips scored her team-high three RBIs over that first four inning span, two coming off a double in the bottom of the third with Kasidee Parazoo striking out seven in five innings pitched.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald