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Santiam softball’s historic run secures playoff spot

The Santiam High softball team has captured its first league title in program history.

The Wolverines downed Regis 15-3 on May 7 to improve to 10-0 in Class 2A-1A’s Special District 3. Santiam is three games or more clear of contenders Gervais (6-3), Regis (5-3) and Mohawk (4-4) with just two games left on its league schedule.

And the squad has shown its mettle by taking down those three challengers by a combined 58-7 score in its past three contests.

“It was pretty exciting last night,” coach Greg Grenbemer told The Canyon Weekly about the team’s reaction after the Regis win clinched the matter. “Going to the state playoffs and winning a league title were our key goals for the season. And Regis has always been a rival for us. Going down there and clinching was pretty cool.”

Santiam High softball seniors, Kasey Solus, left, McKenna Dodge, Coach Greg Grenbemer and McKayla Dodge. Submitted Photo
Santiam High softball seniors, Kasey Solus, left, McKenna Dodge, Coach Greg Grenbemer and McKayla Dodge. Submitted Photo

Grenbemer gave credit to seniors Kasey Solus, McKenna Dodge and McKayla Dodge for providing the leadership and spirit that helped spur the strong league season.

Santiam is 18-3 overall and ranked 9th by the OSAA. The Wolverines close with games May 13 at Central Linn (3-4) and May 15 at home vs. East Linn Christian (2-7) on Senior Day.

As league champions Santiam is guaranteed a home playoff game and a first-round bye. Grenbemer is hopeful that the team can move up in the rankings to perhaps 6 or 7, which would mean at least one more home game should the squad win its opener.

“It’s all pretty exciting for us, but we’ve got a lot of work left to do,” Grenbemer said.

Scio Loggers

Scio, meanwhile, has clinched the Class 3A Special District 2 title. The No. 1 Loggers, 18-1 overall and 13-0 in league play, are 3 games ahead of Yamhill-Carlton with just one district game left. Scio and Y-C shared the title a year ago when Scio advanced to the Class 3A title game before falling to Burns in 12 innings.

Scio closed the league season on May 9 after The Canyon Weekly presstime against Sheridan (3-17, 1-11). Scio ends the regular season with high-wattage road games at Class 4A Oregon West Conference powers No. 8 Cascade (May 10) and No. 11 Stayton (May 13) before entering the playoffs.

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