By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore– Maddie Fluke did all she could hitting low in the zone against Scio Tuesday afternoon on the road to throw off the Lady Loggers batters in the two squads PacWest Conference match-up.
With both the Pirates and the Loggers now in the same conference after the past several years of non-league and 3A Playoff battles made the league games noteworthy when it came around.
And though both teams lost Seniors from their deep playoff runs last season, both sides still have threats at the plate with Dayton leading 2-1 in their 11-3 win over Scio.
“I think we did good, we played as a team and played together, we kept our composure and I think we played really good today. We had very good bats, defense and all,” said Fluke.
Fluke, whose taking over in the circle for Annika Heidt this season, only permitted a Meagan Mikolas lead-off Home Run in the second that got to score to within striking distance. It was one of three hits that Fluke and her defense permitted as the Pirates pitcher added five strikeouts in seven innings.
But the defense of Scio that had been one of their vocal points along with the bats that helped them reach four-straight 3A State Semi-Finals, has faultered since league starting. They committed 11 errors against Blanchet in their 7-6 loss last Tuesday and committed another eight versus Dayton that helped the Pirates offense this Tuesday.
“It really shows that all the players that making all the routine plays is going to win you the games. It’s just showing the players to not get into their heads and make routine plays,” said Scio’s Olivia Zeiher. “We just need to have better mental game. Some of our players are kind of bad about letting their errors getting into their heads. We just need to have a better mentality.
The Pirates hung crooked numbers of two in the third, three in the fourth and four in the sixth on 11 hits, Sofia Cicerone owned three of them while Cate Jacks drove in two RBIs on her two hits to build an 11-1 lead following Mikolas’ trip around the bases in the second inning.
Of the 11 batters who went to the plate, six recorded a hit for Dayton.
“We did just a great job. (Kasidee Parazoo) is pretty fast and just caught that and just got on it, we hit pretty well. I think all of us had a hit, I’m really proud of it,” said Fluke.
Parazoo, who struck out seven herself pitching, launched a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning that home Ashlynne Zeibert to extend the game into the seventh where the Logger defense held the Pirates bats to a base-runner. It was the second time all game in which the Scio defense held Dayton to without a run, the other came in the fifth inning.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald