Playing More Soundly

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore– Hitting was South Salem Softball’s bread and butter last season, being the lead run producer entering the 6A playoffs last season, but the difficult thing for them was their defense that inhibited them overall. “Conversely we were giving up close to seven runs. We saw us being even better…

Finding Ways To Honor Their Seniors

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  With four Seniors uncertain if they would play a single inning this Spring, North Salem Head Softball coach Jay Elders had an idea: Find ways to honor them somehow. Currently on their Facebook page, North Salem Vikings Varsity Softball, this week the Vikings squad will be spending a day…

The Power Of Social Media In Sports

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– As many coaches, high school and college, and athletic administrators tell their student-athlete’s ‘be careful of what you do with social media.  It could help or harm you down the road’. But with the time of uncertainty with Coronavirus and sporting events being postponed and/or canceled, some High School Teams…

Aiming For Another League Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  It’s a double-edge sword for the McNary Softball team entering this Spring in hopes to having the opportunity to repeat as Mountain Valley Conference-Champions. It’ll be hard to replace pitching, as MVC Pitcher of the Year Faith Danner graduated after the Celtics finished 20-9 overall and 13-1 in league,…

One Of The League’s Best?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The West Salem Softball team had a strong finish to the 2019 season, reaching the first-round of the 6A State Playoffs before falling to Westview in the first round last May. Starting 5-8 in 2019, the Titans wheeled off 11 wins in their final 15 games with a strong…

OSAA Extends Sports Suspension Until April 28

By Jeremy McDonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The OSAA has announced Wednesday afternoon that they’ll extend the Spring Sports Suspension until April 28, addressing adjustments to Track and Field which will be split up amongst two locations, (Mt. Hood CC 4A-6A and Western Oregon University for 1A-3A). The Speech and Solo Music Championships have been sadly been canceled….

Big Spots To Fill For Dallas Softball Entering 2020

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  Filling five holes will be difficult to do for Dallas Softball this year.  But it’s not too much of a steep task entering the 2020 Spring. Losing Seniors Jenessa Parnell, Emma Classen from the outfield, stud pitcher Kaelynn Simmons and Adrian Lee behind the dish to graduation plus Genevieve…

Blanchet’s Barchus Signs To Division-II CSU-East Bay

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  A few short years ago playing 12U softball, a left fielder was going after a fly ball with two outs and runners on base when the unthinkable happened: The left fielder tripped going after the ball.  The runners, scored and forced the five-run mercy rule.  The left fielder laid…

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…