By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– For the first two innings of Thursday’s game between Scio and Clatskaine, Mother Nature certainly added a new twist to the old sports saying of, ‘Facing Adversity’.
Though the winds were quiet and the temperature was comfortable, the rain presented a challenge for pitchers and catchers to steadily stay connected in the strike-zone as the ball slipped out of the hands of both team’s pitchers.
“Well, we haven’t played in the rain yet this season so that’s definitely a step for us. We haven’t practiced in the rain, we go into the gym,” said Ashton Phillips. “But yeah, today was a big step for us to see what a true team we could be with that weather.
“Kels(ey Pollard) struggled that first inning, we had to help her out. Kas(idee Parazoo) coming in, helping her out, I mean it’s a big team effort today.”
Phillips points to herself in trying to help her pitchers out as the two Scio pitchers combined for 45.7-percent of strikes on 140 pitches as both teams combined for about 45-percent strikes on 271 total pitches Thursday afternoon as the defenses had to step up to support their pitchers on this wet Thursday.
“It’s kind of a wake-up call I guess like, ‘hey now come on, there’s still a lot of game left. You can’t get stuck on one little thing,” said Parazoo who came in from relief with a out on the board in the top of the second inning on trying to refocus with the rain and trying to play through the elements. “Sometimes I get stuck on one little thing but I’ve been working on trying on focusing on next pitch.”
Entering the bottom of the second inning though, with the score was knotted up at five a piece after Clatskaine tied it up with three runs in the top half of the inning, the Lady Loggers knew that it could be very different than that as the rain began to taper off when it was their turn to bat.
“We were not happy with 5-5, we knew that we were better than that and we knew we were better then them,” said Olivia Zeiher. “Every day in practice we talked about base hits and that’s what our goals is every game.”
Faced with the adversity of battling through the weather and a team consisting of 10 freshman and two sophomores, Scio capitalized on the Tigers mistakes and timely hits to turn the tie into a 14-5 lead by innings end and pushed it further to 23-5 entering the fourth inning.
Clatskaine cut the score to 12 runs, but nothing closer as the Loggers handed the Lady Tigers their first loss of the season as the pitching staff of Kaity Sizemore and Alexis Smith gave the Loggers different looks from the circle that they weren’t use to as well as learning to overcome that as well as overcoming the weather.
“There was decent pitching she gave us different pitches that we weren’t use to and I think the weather was a really big part of it because it taught us how to fight through it,” said Zeiher who went 1-for-2 with a RBI in the game.
Phillips had the lone homerun in the game during the first inning in the first At-Bat of the game for Scio’s offense as Kelsey Pollard (six) and Rheanna McDaniel (five) led the way in RBIs as all 23 Logger runs came via RBIs.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald