By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.—Scio’s Myleigh Cooper entered her freshman year pitching with Scio aware of the program precedence of the expectations set upon them by Head Coach Jim Mask.
Thanks to sister Makenna, the younger Cooper grew up and watched her older sister’s teams reached four-straight 3A State Semi-Finals, so coming in to pitch knowing what was expected of her ahead of time was nice.
“There’s been a lot of pressure behind it, but it’s been super, super fun,” Cooper said. “I’ve been watching her play since I was little. So I’ve just known how things were ran at Scio High School and I just wanted to live up to those same standards.
“And so I just wanted to make our team as good as we can be this year and in the years to come.”
In 40 innings pitching over six games, Cooper has struck out 88 batters while allowing 18 hits over that span to help lead Scio to a 7-1 lead start to the young season.
All the reps through youth softball and improving on her craft has set her up for success so far at this point of her playing career.
“The places I’ve played have taught me so much, and not just about softball but about life in general. I’m so grateful for all of those opportunities. They’ve taught me and helped me become the player that I am today and the person that I am today. That’s helped me perform in softball so far in my life,” Cooper said.
“I just need to try to be a great teammate and just keep working on perfecting pitching in the sport that I love. I love to play this game and I’m just excited for the years to come.”
Thursday afternoon was supposed to be another day of work for the freshman phenom, but a late afternoon rain shower halted the possibility of her leading her squad in their PacWest Conference opener.
But the Loggers will look to open the Pac play Yamhill-Carlton Tuesday and are in the works in rescheduling Thursday’s doubleheader against the Cavaliers.