By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– After a four-year hiatus, the Scio Loggers have returned to the 3A State Semi-Final round following their 11-6 win over Harrisburg/Mohawk Friday evening.
The young crew used two home runs by Myleigh Cooper and a home run by Meagan Trissel to help lift the Loggers over a tough Eagles squad to get back to the semi-final round.
“It’s cool, we got a bunch of young girls. Myleigh sister was on those teams and she was always around, so it’s a big deal for her. I’m just excited for all the girls,” Head Coach Jim Mask said.
“They had a lot of tough batters that were a lot of tough outs and I think it’s going to be the same way against (Yamhill-Carlton). But I think we’re just going to have to battle and go in there with our hair on fire, I think we’ll do ok,” adds Cooper, who has 19 home runs on the year.
This will be the fourth-time that the two squads in the Tigers and Scio will be matching up to play with the Loggers traveling up to YC Tuesday at 5pm. Yamhill-Carlton, who defeated Enterprise/Wallowa/Joseph 10-0 Friday, had given Scio three of their five PacWest Conference defeats during the regular season as Scio hopes to step-up to the challenge on the other side of the weekend.
“They’re a really good softball team. They got a bunch of upperclassmen and they play real well. They’re really well coached, it’s going to be a great game for us. We’re going to go give it a shot,” Maske said. “YC has a girl that throws real hard. They got girls who move the ball around a lot, it’s a little different. We’ve played YC three times, so we know what we’re up against.
“They got seven left-handers in their lineup, they run fast and they put the ball in play. It’s going to be a tough game. But we’re going to go in there and give it a shot.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald