Santiam Bounces Back For 12-5 Win Friday

By Jeremy McDonald

MILL CITY, Ore.– A day after their tough loss to Regis in which they led 6-0 at one point in the game behind strong bats and Mackenzie Weaver in the circle with a strong defense around her.

Thursday was an opportunity for the Lady Wolverines to pick themselves off the figurative mat and answer that adversity bell against Western Mennonite.
Thanks to a four-hit game by Brittany Grenbemer and a three-hit game by Michelle Briley, the offense produced 12 runs on the Lady Pioneers while pitcher Morgan Walczak, who came in for the third game of the week to give Weaver a breather, set up her defense to make plays and execute in the 12-5 victory to pull even with the Lady Rams at 7-6 in the 2A/1A Special District 2 League standings.
“It’s just really nice because just throughout the season it’s just nice to get some spur of the moment momentum at the end.  Just great attitudes and playing as a team and I think that’s what got us the win, just playing as a team and just playing together,” said Grenbemer on the game.
Some of the Santiam softball team hanging out at the Santaim baseball game Friday afternoon (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)
With their toughest week to close out the season with two versus Kennedy and one versus Central Linn to start the week, Santiam is looking for just their second playoff berth after the sport returned to the school in 2015 through an At-Large Bid in 2018.
And with their three seniors on the field, Head Coach Greg Grenbemer knows that it’s going to come down to them leading in order to make it happen beyond May 15.
“These three seniors only have one year of success, until last year I think they’ve won one league game in the last five years.  One year they folded because not enough kids, so last year was their first year of having some success and now they have to learn how to continue that and how to teach the younger kids that winning is important and losing is not and having the attitude and effort,” said Coach Grenbemer as Kennedy comes to town Monday for a 3pm and 4:30pm doubleheader before hosting Central Linn on Thursday.

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