By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Cascade’s Malia Scanlan was ready for moments and games like these with the freshman going 3-for-5 with 3RBI’s in the Cougars 9-1 victory over Philomath during the midday on Tuesday. Leading the squad in hits and RBI’s as the Cougars picked up their 12th-straight win and 17th overall.
“It’s just pretty fun I guess. It’s helpful having teammates behind you and bats you too, especially when you keep getting hits. It feels pretty good,” Scanlan said.
It was Cascade’s second game in 18 hours, having played Newport the night before where they picked up the 18-4 win on the road before having to suit back up for a 12:30pm game Tuesday afternoon at home. But there were no travel lag as they slowly built a 5-0 lead on the Warriors going into the sixth.
The Cougs surrendered a run in the top half of the sixth, off a Kyla Berger ground-out RBI, before answering with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to seal the victory as they prepare for a twin-bill Wednesday against Sisters and Woodburn. That is followed up with Sweet Home Thursday and Stayton Friday with Cascade entering the mad-dash towards the finish line of the regular season.
But with the madness around them with make-up games and getting them in, they know how important it is to focus on the right here and now as they embark on the craziness ahead.
“It’s one of those things that you can’t think too far ahead because you’ll lose picture of what’s right in front of you. If you lose picture of what’s in front of you, you’ll let stuff slip up,” said MaKenna Gramzow. “So take it one game at a time and go through it step-by-step instead of six-steps ahead. That’s going to be our main goal.”
Kailee Bode, Caylen Metcalf and Lexi Gidcumb each had two hits in the win Tuesday. Metcalf also drove in an RBI, along with Jamiy Bangert,Abby Jeppsen and Hannah Walliman. Walliman struck out six in six-and-a-third innings pitched, pitching a two-hitter in the process.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald