Combs Coming Back Online, Vandals Go 2-0

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The last two week in Colorado and Utah, Philomath’s Kamden Combs has been slowly coming back into form. The two-time Oregon West Conference Pitcher of the Year for the Warriors the last two years had been battling bicep tendonitis and the always difficult Mono that has limited the incoming…

Starting Strong, Finishing Strong

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The pressure was on for sure as the Salem Aftershock 16A squad opened the Electric Pink bracket of the Stars-and-Stripes tournament Sunday morning at Wallace Marine Park. Opening the tournament against the Sandy Thunder, a single loss would end their day in the single-elimination tournament.  But behind their strong…

PacWest Conference Softball Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Blanchet’s Savannah Barchus showed why she was one of the best pitchers in the league if not in the conversation in 3A as the Junior took home the PacWest Conference Pitcher of the year award.  Scio’s Olivia Zeiher, in her second-year catching for the Loggers after taking over from Emily Unrau,…

Dallas Brings Home 5A Second-Place Trophy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com EUGENE, Ore.– There was a feeling that all roads led through Ridgeview for the 5A State Championship in 2019. For Dallas, who drew the challenge of facing the Ravens in the State Title Game, enjoyed a road well-traveled to get this point having defeated Hood River Valley and Hillsboro to clinch…

Dayton Finishes Second In State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com EUGENE, Ore.– Dayton continues to find ways to get it done and get to the big game that 36 other teams wish they were at this time of the year. 2019 marked their fifth consecutive trip to the 3A State Championship game, and though it wasn’t their Championship-rival Rainier Clatskanie presented…

Dallas Takes Down #2 Hood River Valley, Onto Semi’s

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HOOD RIVER, Ore.–  When the two teams met April 4 at the same location, Hood River Valley timed out Kaelynn Simmons for three sixth inning runs to hand Dallas one of their five losses this season. And like their first meeting, this time with a trip to the Semi-Final round on…

MVC Softball Honors

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com McNary sweeps the Mountain Valley Conference honors with Taylor Ebbs winning Player of the Year, Faith Danner being the Pitcher of the Year and Celtic Head Coach Kevin Wise being Coach of the Year. Here is the complete honors list: First Team Lena Zahniser Bend 9 Pitcher Faith Danner McNary 12…

Making History

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–  Five years ago Santiam didn’t field a softball team and when the Wolverines started back up their program in 2015, these current wave of seniors were eighth graders as Santiam played an Independent Schedule that year. Over the next four years, the program has slowly built themselves into…

OWC Softball List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Philomath sweeps the awards this year with Hannah Williams (Position Player of the Year), Kamden Combs (Pitcher of the Year, second-year in a row) and Warriors Head Coach Erik Remington getting Coach of the Year. Oregon West Conference Team                                Position                            Player                                Grade                             School First Team Pitcher      Kamden…

McNary Softball Advances To Sweet 16

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  Sometimes all you need is that one lucky break to get back into your rhythm. Entering the sixth inning of their 5-4 win over North Medford in the 6A State Playoff Opener, McNary were down 4-1 to the Black Tornados.  North Medford found those offensive bounces when they needed…

Hyre’s Two Homer Game Helps Central Over North Salem

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SCIO, Ore.– Entering the fourth inning of the Mid-Willamette Conference game between Central and North Salem at Scio High School, a new face entered the circle for the Vikings in Karaline Pfeifer. Jazmine Young, or Jazzy, had battled through an lower leg issue throughout the game and couldn’t continue with the…

Stayton Rally The Bats In 7th For Win Over Cascade

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Down to their final three outs of the regular season and down 5-4 in their 7-5 victory over rival-Cascade, Stayton had to rely on their aggressive offensive style in order to comeback against the 13th-ranked Cougars Thursday afternoon. Sitting at 254 runs scored, fourth-highest in 4A behind Henley, Marist…