SSBC Honorees For April 1

By Jeremy Mcdonald

Blanchet’s Joseph Beyer (Boys Golf), West Salem’s Mia Zachary (Softball), Sprague’s Ali Ginsbach (Softball) and South Salem’s Desi Hatfield (Softball) were honored by the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club for the Week of April 1

Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from Blanchet Catholic Boys Golf, is Joseph Beyer.

Joseph is a freshman for the Cavalier golf team. In his first official Special District 2 league tournament he shot a personal record of 82 at Salem Golf Club. He started his round slowly with three opening bogies, finishing the front 9 with a 42. He settled into the round and improved on the back by two shots closing with a 40. His score led Blanchet to a second-place finish. Coach Jeff Jones added, “Joseph is a very dedicated golfer practicing with purpose. His dedication is demonstrated by practicing and playing 18-holes everyday of spring break.”

Congratulations Joseph from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!

The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from West Salem Softball is Mia Zachary.

Mia, a junior, is a catcher for the 5-3 Titans. Last week, as the lead off hitter in four games she was 6 for 14 with one triple and four runs scored. She also was 5 for 6 in stolen bases. Coach Ty Nicholson calls her a “converted catcher”, but she may just be a natural, throwing out 3 of 4 stolen base attempts. Coach added, “Mia is the ultimate teammate; coaches dream player and a hard worker always trying to get better. Mia came in last year, as sophomore outfielder, and knew that we needed a short stop. She was all in to give it a shot and did an outstanding job. This year my plan was to use her in the outfield, but we had a need at catcher. She let me know that she had done it before and was willing to give it a shot. I even came out to the field just before dark one night and she was out there working on her catching skills and has done a great job. Mia as the ultimate teammate, was voted one of our captains this year. She is always supporting her teammates and leading not only verbally, but also by example. “

For the season, in 8 games, Mia is batting .500, with a .571 slugging % at the leadoff spot, and has 11 stolen bases in 12 attempts. As a catcher she has thrown out 5 of 8 baserunners.

The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from Sprague Softball is Ali Ginsbach.

Ali is a junior for the 6-2 Olympians. In 22 at bats this season, Ali is hitting .429 with two doubles, a team-leading two triples, and a home run. She has already recorded 6 RBIs and has 7 runs scored. Coach Maddie Oliver added, “She has been a big impact on helping our team score runs!”

Congratulations Ali from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!

The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from South Salem Softball, is Desi Hatfield.

Desi, a junior, plays shortstop for the 4-4 Saxons. Desi had a 2 run double in the 6-run 3rd inning as providing the tying runs before South pulled away from Southridge for a 10-3 win. This week Desi was 2 for 3 at the plate in the 6-1 win over Franklin. Coach Scott McCormick added that Desi, “has not only performed well on the field but has developed into a leader for us. Much of her leadership is in the form of actions as opposed to words. No one outworks her in practice. No one is more aware of situations. And she comes up big in big situations. Through spring-break she was hitting .353. She started out as our #2 hitter but because she’s so productive, we moved her to the #3 position.”

Congratulations Desi from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!

High school sports matter.

Bryan Sutherland

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