By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Willamina had their chances to do some serious damage to Scio Softball Thursday afternoon on the road.
They took a quick 1-0 lead on the Loggers and the pitching of Liz Nolen threw the stout Scio bats off for the opening three innings as they held the 3A juggernaut to four runs entering the fourth inning.
Taryn Hunt admits it was a daunting task facing the Loggers in both team’s final non-league game entering league. But as the senior took home on a Kasidee Parazoo wild pitch on a one-out bases loaded situation to make it a 4-2 Scio lead, Hunt also mentioned how helpful it was to face faster pitching as they prepare for the Rainier’s and the Taft’s in league coming up.
“It was good to see a faster pitcher because this is a new league for us, we’ve never had someone super crazy fast. So it’s something we need to work on is getting our pitching machine going on faster for us,” said Hunt.
Hunt accounted for one of three Bulldog hits in the game.
For Parazoo, it was one of those games that made her shake her head. Call it an off day even. Even though she and her defense allowed three hits and committed one error in total, the Senior pitcher surrendered six walks in five innings.
But, in those situations like in the third inning when Hunt scored to make it a two-run ballgame, her young defense behind her came through when they needed to in order to stay out in front in the game.
“It was great to see our young girls, pull through and work for us. I mean, we helped Kas when she’s having a rough time and we pulled through,” said Meagan Mikolas.
At 6-0 entering the game, the Loggers have already showed off the ideology of ‘Next Man Up’ with their start to the season.
And by the end of the fourth inning, Scio began to pull away from Willamina and taking advantage of two errors right off the bat to build an 8-2 lead entering the fifth.
“I think we need to make our throws cleaner, that’s our biggest thing,” said Hunt on cleaning up the five errors the squad committed Thursday.
The Bulldogs got a run back off an error that allowed Macayla Tuck to score from third. The Loggers got out of the inning two batters later without surrendering anymore runs.
And as Scio got ready to hit, Parazoo sat on the bench for a moment with an not-too-happy look on her face in the dugout having thrown 115-pitches in five innings. But as she walked to the batter’s box after Ashlynne Ziebert’s walk, took a first-pitch swing for a two-run shot that sparked a five-run inning to 10-run the Bulldogs 13-3 in five innings.
“I wasn’t too happy with how I was pitching. I was like, ‘you know what. I can go take it out on the ball’ and I was honestly at the point where I’m like, ‘let’s just rip one’ and next thing I knew it went over,” said Parazoo as Scio opens league versus Blanchet Tuesday.
“I feel like this is going to be a good learning experience, just because when we get into league teams are going to hit off of me and we’re going to have to power through and make the plays. We can’t always rely on my pitching, but I think it’s going to be good. After this game, we’re going to be ready for league.”
Willamina opens league at Warrenton Monday before hosting Taft on April 16.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald