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Scio falls just short in epic 3A softball title game

Scio and Burns played a softball game for the ages June 2 at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene,.

The Loggers, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, took on No. 3 Burns, which also includes players from Crane, in the state championship game.

Twelve innings later the defending champion Hilanders emerged victorious, 1-0, to complete a perfect 29-0 season. 

“It was a classic pitcher’s duel,” Scio coach Jim Mask said. “Our pitcher, Myleigh Cooper, was phenomenal. She battled out of a few tough situations and made great pitches when needed. Myleigh held the defending state champions that have won 58 in a row to zero earned runs in 12 innings. 

“I can’t say enough about how tough the Burns pitcher (Ayla Davies) was.  She has great velocity and movement, she commands the strike zone and just puts you in difficult situations at the plate.  Proud of our players and how hard they battled at the plate.”

The numbers for the two pitchers were off the charts. Davies, a junior, struck out 23 batters for the Hilanders, allowing just three hits. She threw 164 pitches, 123 of them for strikes. Cooper, a sophomore, countered with 16 strikeouts. She also surrendered just three hits while registering 110 strikes among her 153 pitches.

Cooper pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 3rd and Davies faced the same danger in the bottom of the 9th, when the Loggers collected two of their three hits. Taryn Ramsey singled to right field with one out but was forced at second on a ground ball hit by Cooper. Cam Dalke singled to center, sending Cooper to 3rd. Meagan Trisel was walked intentionally to load the bases, but Skylur Brown was retired on a grounder to Davies.

“We had a pitch almost hit our batter which would have ended the game and then Skylur Brown put a ball in play but the defense made the play,” Mask said. 

When the game reached the 10th inning a tiebreaker rule took effect which allows the team at bat to start the inning with a runner on second base.

“Not sure how long it could have gone if it wasn’t for the international tie-breaker scenario,” Mask said.  

Scio also had a scoring opportunity in the 11th. Khloe Free started the inning at second  “and Macy Johnson hit a line drive down the left field line that was just a couple inches foul,” Mask said. “She then hit a hard ground ball that was fielded on a good play by the pitcher.”  

Burns finally broke through in the top of the 12th. Macy Temple started the inning at second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error.

Scio had one last shot in the bottom of the inning. Cooper started at second and after a strikeout stole third.  But Davies struck out the next batter and Brown was retired on a liner to second.

“It was a great game and we had our chances,” Mask said. “We just needed a ball to fall in somewhere for a hit on a few occasions. Our fans were fantastic and the energy was amazing throughout the game. Not sure there were many people left in Scio on Friday, they were all down at U of O.”

Scio had just one senior on the roster, left fielder Carrie Jones. 

“I am excited about Logger softball going forward, but I will miss this team,” Mask said. “Would have loved to have left with the victory, but this was a special team, one of the hardest working teams I have been around. I am so proud of all of them.”

The Loggers finished 24-2 and if you throw out the 2021 COVID year, they are 158-29 since 2015, including six other years in which they advanced to the semifinals.

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