By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– With base-runners frequently visiting the base paths for Scio after Yamhill-Carlton’s strong start to the game, it was a matter of time before the bats of the Loggers would come to life.
With their three runs in the fifth, a RBI single by Meagan Mikolas and two coming from Eric Simmons single-turned triple off an error, turned the game into a four-all tie in the Tigers 7-4 win Tuesday afternoon.
“Seeing our team bounce back and be able to get our head back in the game was really awesome,” said Mikolas
Yamhill-Carlton’s defense held the Loggers bats to two base-runners each inning between the second and fourth innings leading up to the inning with Kati Slater and her defense made sure that they’re was no easy runs for Scio.
The Tigers, who went from 4A’s Oregon West Conference to Murder’s Row of sorts in the PacWest Conference in 3A, made it a goal to be in this situation to win out the regular season and try to make sure they get the second-seed in league or make sure the league playoffs come through them next week.
“Oh it’s very important, that’s how you win games is if the defense and the offense are combined. You just can’t have one or the other, you got to have both and tonight we had both,” said Slater. “This is like a goal of ours to win out season and we’ve accomplished it tonight.”
Slater and Kasidee Parazoo each had identical eight strikeouts in the circle with Yamhill-Carlton’s Lisie Luttrell driving in three RBI’s as a game-high.
Each team’s defense did their due diligence in the sixth to keep the score intact at 4-4 entering the seventh, the Logger defense had one of their strongest performances this league season in limiting their errors to keep themselves in the contest late with the youth that they have on the field.
“It was awesome to see people maybe lose their focus and get their heads back in the game and make a play. Seeing our progress is always great,” said Mikolas with league playoffs coming up. “These next two days we’re going to work our butts off and get all the things that we’ve messed up and try to lock down on those.”
Scio’s defense too limited the Tigers similarly in keeping their bag stealing ability at bay. But when Camille Kern got on base in the seventh the senior quickly picked up two steals got the go-ahead run at third with another runner on second after a walk and steal set up Kennedy Ogden’s two-RBI double to hand the Tigers a 6-4 lead with one out.
“It was super crazy, I was excited and that’s what it was. I was stoked,” said Ogden of the hit. “We came into this game together as a team, this was actually one of my first games on the team so that’s super fun.”
Yamhill-Carlton would add a seventh run that drove in Ogden as an insurance run as the Tigers locked up at least one of the top three spots in the PacWest Conference with the win.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald