By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– It’s been since the first tournament of Fall Ball that Amity’s Gabby Rolston has pitched to a batter, an inning all together due to an injury to her pitching arm a while back. But when the Warriors went to work Tuesday afternoon on the road in Scio, Rolston was turned to lead the Amity defense in the circle against Scio High School to open the season.
And did she come ready to throw.
In four innings of work against the Loggers, she struck out eight while only giving up a Ashlynne Ziebert RBI Single in the fourth inning in a then 8-1 game in the Warriors 21-1 win.
“I was really surprised honestly with how well I did tonight. I expected to hit a couple of people, maybe walk a bunch like I did in a couple of the tournaments,” laughed Rolston. “But I kept it pretty low, I think Corky (Kendall) said I struck out seven or eight people which is pretty good for me.”
Kendall was talking about being confident because of the program that Scio has become through the years, being humbled as well knowing a few of their previous meetings just recently went against them.
And with how young the Loggers are this year, it’s only a matter of time until they’re reloaded and retooled to be a juggernaut as they were two-, three-years ago.
Scio freshman pitcher Addison Wessels showed glimpses of a Kelsey Pollard from the past with strong innings in the first and fourth innings with her ability to work the zone. Knocking off the rust of not pitching for three years.
It’ll be something she’ll be working on as Wessels will look to cut down on giving up the free bases through walks that had set up Amity to set the tone in the victory on this day.
“I haven’t pitched in three years so it was a lot, but it was good. Definitely working on my pitching more, I’ll like to be talking to my team more and telling them what’s going on,” Wessels said, striking out three in her first High School game. “We all should have better attitudes; we were kind of down today with it being our first game. But once we were walking batters, our energy went down and I think that’s one thing we should be keeping up the whole time.”
It was a mental game for sure for both sides on how to answer the different adversities they were facing. Amity has their fair-share of youth as well as their Scio counterparts with only four Seniors to the three the Loggers have.
The challenge was there not to jump the gun on pitches and staying within themselves to not to go after the high-risers and the low-sinkers. Eight of Amity’s runs came from bases-loaded walks in the contest as they waited for the right pitch to come their way.
“A couple of them, I think it was first-game jitters…I know I swung at a couple that I should have swung at. Just getting it out,” Rolston said. “I think that this (Game) showed us to be smarter with hitting. Not going fishing or golfing.
“Defense I felt like we did pretty well, we didn’t have many that got by us. Staying positive if those ever happen, you got to stay positive and not dwell a lot.”
Both teams will meet up in Amity Friday for a doubleheader that starts at 3pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald