Softball – The Lady Loggers had a break in their schedule with no league games between April 11 and April 29. Two non-league games were cancelled because of weather.
Coach Mike Fetch has his young team playing good ball and challenging for the league lead. The Lady Loggers were in second place following their layoff with a 9-1 record. They are 5-1 in District 1 play.
On April 29 Vernonia returned to action, starting a crucial three game series against first place Knappa.
Vernonia was scheduled to wrap up the Knappa series with a double header on Friday May 2. The Lady Loggers conclude their District regular season with home games on Tuesday, May 6 against Neah-Kah-Nie and Monday, May 12 against Portland Christian.
Baseball – Coach Joe Walters and the Loggers are currently in fifth place in District 1 with a 7-10 record overall and are 6-9 in league play. The Loggers went 1-2 in their series against Portland Lutheran, losing two close games 6-5 and 7-6 and defeating them 11-4. The Loggers went 2-1 in their match-p with Faith Bible with two shutout wins 13-0 and 3-0; they also lost to Faith Bible 16-6. The Loggers kicked off a three game series with first place Knappa on Tuesday April 29 with a 0-0 win/loss. Knappa is currently ranked number one in the state in 2A baseball.
The Loggers have received good starting pitching from senior Tim Jennings who got the win against Portland Lutheran. Jennings went the distance, pitching 7 innings, scattering 10 hits while giving up only 2 earned runs. Jennings also pitched a three-hit, complete game shutout in the Loggers 3-0 win against Faith Bible. Freshman Bailey Morrison turned in a dominant performance on the mound for the Loggers against Faith Bible, pitching a one-hitter and earning a shutout as he struck out 9 and walked just 1 in the Loggers 13-0 win.
At the plate the Loggers have been hitting the ball well. In the 13-0 win against Faith Bible, Bo Clark went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and scored 2 runs. Morrison helped his own cause in that game going 2 for 3 with an RBI. Tim Jennings and Ronnie Maldonado both went 1 for 2 with 2 walks and both scored 3 runs. In the 3-0 win over Faith Bible Brett Elliot went 2 for 3 with an RBI; John Dass also had a hit and an RBI.
In the 11-4 win against Portland Lutheran Elliot again swung a big bat going 2 for 5 with 4 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. Jennings went 3 for 4 with a double, 1 RBI and 2 runs. Maldonado went 2 for 4 with a double an RBI and a run. Morrison was 2 for 5 with a double. Jarred Whitton went 2 for 4 with a double. In the 7-6 loss to Portland Lutheran, Morrison was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Jennings was 2 for 3 with a walk.
The Loggers continue their series against Knappa with a double header at home on Friday May 2. they conclude their league schedule with home games on Tuesday, May 6 against Neah-Kah-Nie and Monday, May 12 against Portland Christian.
Track and Field – The Loggers have competed at Portland Christian, The Banks Invitational (20 schools), Neah-Kah-Nie and The Portland Christian Invitational (28 schools). The team is preparing for the District Meet in three weeks and is focused on qualifying as many athletes as possible for state.
“We know what our strengths are and will try to improve on them in the next 2 meets before district,” says head coach Byron Brown. Brown says the team is strongest in the longer sprints and middle-distance races. Jacob Medearis, Daniel Rice, Drew Cheney and Devon Shay have good ability in everything from the 4×100 and 4×400 relays to the 200, 400 and 800. Meghan Sullivan and Dominique Woods are the best sprinters. Sullivan is ranked first in the league in the 100 meters and 2nd in the 200 and anchors both relays. Emma D’Onghia is also turning out to be a real talent in 100, 200, 4×400 relay and triple jump. Dom Woods is the top Logger in 100 and 200. Jocie Roberts, Johanna Lange Alex Rubiera and Jarod Medearis are strong in the high jump. Paul Lemaron and Drew Cheney are the best distance runners. Dylan Taylor and Stephanie Castro show promise in the throwing events.
“Our strategy from here on out is to focus on what our strengths are and match them with the best possible opportunities, given our competition, for our athletes to move on to state,” said Brown.