Scio Seniors Finish Off HS League Season Perfect

By Jeremy McDonald

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SCIO, Ore.–  One of the 3A juggernauts in softball witnessed a bittersweet moment Friday as they hosted Blanchet Catholic for Senior Night, and yes they still have a home game left before the postseason versus Taft, the Loggers of Scio wanted to honor their seniors prior to their game versus the Tigers.

After their Senior Ceremony as they took to the field on defense, nerves were there as the Lady Cavaliers jumped on board first with two-runs in the top half of the first off Maddy Kelm’s at-bat that drove two runs in for Blanchet.

“They’re a good team, they have what it takes to keep up with us and it took those two runs that they scored in the first inning to bring everyone up,” said Ashton Phillips.  “Like, ‘we have to step up our game.  We got to keep them from scoring and shut them down and get everyone up’.”

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Kelsey Pollard loading up for a pitch as six seniors played in their last PacWest Conference game Friday (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Entering the bottom of the second inning, Scio were down 2-0 to the Cavs following a nice shutdown inning by Kelsey Pollard and the Logger defense kept Blanchet for striking again.

In that second inning, vintage Scio offense woke up when Olivia Zeiher hit a double to break the shutout as the Loggers saw six runs score to take a 6-2 lead entering the third inning as their defense continued to dominate outside of two runs in the top half of the fourth that made it 6-4.

“It felt amazing, it feels crazy that this is going to be my last league game with the girls I’ve plated travel ball with my whole life with, so it’s all weird that it’s all over but it’s fun,” said Pollard who had eight strikeouts in the game.

Brooke Young sacrifice flied out that scored Phillips to make it 7-4 as they entered the bottom of the sixth inning up just three looking for another big inning.

McKenzie Reger walked to start the inning in the first at-bat of the inning, Young hit a three-run triple to start the scoring once more.  Zeiher added another one from a Sac-Fly, Megan Mikolas doubled to bring in two more runs as eventually Reger found herself a good spot to end the game with a nice base hit to cap her and her senior teammates Senior Night with a win.

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Ashton Phillips looking to the dugout as she awaits the play from Coach Jim Mask (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

First pitch ball that was followed by a foul ball, ball two and aiming to the fence for strike two with Mikolas advancing to third before Reger got a hold of one to bring Mikolas in to end the game 14-4 in six innings.  The relatively quiet and shy Reger was happy with the hit with Scio wrapping up their fourth straight undefeated league season.

“It was pretty nice because I have my ups-and-downs and today I guess was fine,” laughed and smile Reger.  “It was pretty awesome to end the season winning league again.”

Even though they still have Taft at home Tuesday, they wrapped up their fourth straight PacWest Conference Title a few games before and the victory over Blanchet Catholic helped this group of seniors finish a perfect 55-0 in league and get their 98th win during their four-year span in the Scio Logger colors with that hundo-burger in wins in reach and their eye on the prize of a State Title.

“That was a big goal of ours coming in freshman year and it’s been a goal ever since, nothing has changed from league to non-league, everything is just go-go-go,” said Phillips.  “Doesn’t matter who we play.

“My best friend Rheanna, she snapchatted me this morning, she’s like, ‘What happens if this is it?  What happen if I never play catch with you ever again?’  That’s not what we want.  We want that title, we want our names up in that gym, it’s been a goal ever since we got here and it’ll be the first softball team to win a State Title and it doesn’t stop here.”

And now that they got league all done and figured out, now the real fun begins as they pursue the State Championship.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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