By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– After exploding for seven runs in the Top half of the seventh inning in their 13-4 win over South Umpqua, it seemed as if Scio was making that turn into mid-to-late season form as they connected on 40 hits in three games offensively while their defense allowed nine runs entering their final game versus Mazama looking for a clean sweep in Medford.
This turn around could be pointed towards that doubleheader versus Dayton here a few short weeks ago when the Lady Loggers lost a heart-breaker by the Lady Pirates and were stunned by Toledo right afterwards as similarities can be drawn between the two doubleheaders.
“I think we took some of it off of the double-header with Dayton and today was like that doubleheader,” said Ashton Phillips. “We came off with the momentum from the first game and that was a great team we beat and coming off that momentum we knew that wasn’t good enough, we had to score runs and we did. We produced.”
Though the hits (five) and runs (seven) were the lowest over the last four games versus the Lady Vikings, Scio had to battle through the soreness and fatigue that the last three games set up as both the Loggers and Mazama looked for that one break with the score tied at three entering the third inning.
But, with Kasidee Parazoo in the circle and the plays that her defense behind her were making behind her and Olivia Zeiher behind the plate catching her fourth game in two days, the defense gave the offense a opportunity to come around as it did in the bottom of the fourth with four runs in that frame.
“Well, normally when I’m tired, it’s hot, it’s going hard. I just really tell myself to breathe, focus on the strike-zone and get the job done,” said Parazoo who struck out 13 batters in the win. “I don’t try to over-do it, I just let it happen.”
And with many of the Scio players playing travel ball, the grueling demand of the last two days were no big surprise to them as they walked away with the 7-4 victory over Mazama to complete the four-game sweep in Medford as they bring some momentum back up to Scio to face North Valley on Tuesday at home.
“I don’t even know how many base-hits, I have to look at the stats but we definitely have a lot of base hits yesterday and today and great plays on the field,” said Makenna Cooper who had a lead-off home-run in the seventh inning of the game versus South Umpqua. “I mean Ashton is doing her thing, Olivia was amazing behind the plate. Kelsey, all of her pitches were working, our outfielders were going from everything.
“Everything just finally came together and it showed.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald