(This article was originally published on JMcDonaldMedia.com)
By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– It was as complete of a game you could ask for to start the 3A Special District 1 League Playoffs for Amity Tuesday afternoon.
The Warriors defense limited Scio’s offense to four runs, three coming in the bottom of the sixth inning, in Amity’s 16-4 victory to advance to the State Tournament qualifying game Thursday versus Dayton.
“We’re all working as a team, we’re hitting the ball for once,” said Brody Roberts. “So this is a big jump I feel like we should be doing pretty good I think. We’ll see what happens on Thursday.”
“They just hit better than us and they played a little better defense, but they just hit the crap out of the ball. Pitchers threw strikes, we made a few errors. They capatialize on those and we didn’t hit as well, it’s rough,” adds the Loggers Blake Brown.
Roberts pitched three innings in the win, two coming in relief for JD Stables three innings to start and the seventh, striking out two while going 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the win.
The win was the first league playoff win since the 2014 season where the Warriors were the fifth-seed entering the now old-West Valley League before defeating Sheridan and Gervais to reach the State Playoffs.
And now in a similar situation in 2019, the squad that had dropped four tough one-run games this season, they’re hoping that Tuesday’s win gives them the same push to get them into the bracket for the first time since that 2014 season.
“It definitely gives us a lot of momentum, hopefully sets a standard going into Dayton on how we should play on a similar field with the turf. It definitely gives us hope,” said Streeter, who went 3-for-5 in Monday’s game.
Scio, who has nine freshman and three sophomores on their Varsity roster this season, the game was a tough one for sure. But for a team with so much youth and were as high in the league standings as second at 6-2, it’s a good foundation as they enter next season with the same group returning.
“We’re going to miss Austin (Ellis) and the few seniors we do have, but we have confidence in ourselves and we play been together the last few years and it’s going to be fun the next few years,” smiled Brown, who went 2-for-3.
In his final game, Ellis went 1-for-4 with a two-run RBI that helped continue the game in the sixth inning when Scio turned a 11-1 deficit into a more manageable 11-4 deficit. Logger Senior Adam Stratemeyer went 1-for-3.