Softball - Head coach Mike Fetch and assistant Ernie Smith return most of their starting lineup from last season’s league championship team, meaning the Lady Loggers should be favored to win the league again. After being eliminated in the opening round of the state playoffs, Fetch and the Lady Loggers are looking to go further this year.
Juniors Kassidy Fetch and Sarah Smith will once again be on the mound and behind the plate for the Lady Loggers. Paige Smith may also pick up some pitching duties.
Payton Wolf will play second base and anchor the infield. Otherwise Fetch has been doing some experimenting trying to fill a hole at third base where Pearl Cook, Paige Smith and Kassidy Fetch have been seeing time. Cook has also played shortstop along with freshman Allegra Poetter. Smith has shared time at first with Poetter and Cassidy Whitton has also played some infield. “We’re trying to find the right formula that clicks for us,” said coach Fetch. “Errors have been killing us early. As the season progresses I’m sure we’ll find our rhythm.”
In the outfield, Cassidy Whitton usually starts, with Cook, Paige Smith, Fetch, Autumn Sorenson and Kristine Lauenborg all seeing playing time.
Almost all the Lady Loggers are good at the plate but expect to see a lot of offense from Wolf who consistently gets on base and Fetch who slaps the ball, bunts and uses her speed. Cook, Poetter and both Smith girls have all been hitting the ball hard in the early season.
With a light league schedule, the Lady Loggers scheduled in numerous non-league games. They traveled to Bend where they participated in the Central Oregon Tournament. They begin Northwest League play on Tuesday, April 7 against Gaston.
The Vernonia Lady Loggers won the 2A District 1 title with two victories over Portland Christian on Wednesday May 14.
The Lady Loggers defeated Portland Christian 14-3 and 7-5 to finish their league season with a 13-2 record. Vernonia is currently ranked 6th in the state.
The Vernonia Lady loggers got 10 strikeouts from Kassidy Fetch in a 5-1 win over Portland Christian on Monday May 12.
Portland Christian couldn’t get anything going as long as Fetch was pitching. Portland Christian managed just one hit off of the Lady Loggers’ pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out 10 during her seven innings of work.
Pearl Cook racked up two RBIs on two hits for Lady Loggers. She singled in the first inning and homered in the fifth inning.
The lone run of the game for Portland Christian crossed the plate in the first inning on an error.
The lead stayed with Lady Loggers after the first, when it scored two runs on a sacrifice fly by Sara Smith and an RBI single by Cook.
Lady Loggers increased its lead with two runs in the fourth. A error scored Jerrian Pond to start the scoring in the inning. That was followed up by Payton Wolf’s single, plating Tori Dalebroux
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Vernonia’s Kassidy Fetch threw a no-hitter in the Lady Loggers 21-0 victory over Neah-Kah-Nie on Tuesday, May 6, then did it again on Saturday, May 10, as the Lady Loggers defeated Neah-Kah-Nie 29-0. The Lady Loggers swept the three game series; Payton Wolf was the winning pitcher for the Lady Loggers in the final game, a 20-2 victory.
Fetch was dominant in both games, as she struck out 10 batters and walked two in the first game and then struck out eight batters and walked none while recording her two no-hitters.
An RBI single by Pearl Cook, a solo home run by Payton Wolf, an RBI double by Sara Smith, an RBI double by Paige Smith all in the second inning supplied the early offense for Lady Loggers in the 21-0 win. The Lady Loggers easily handled Neah-Kah-Nie pitching as seven hitters combined for 13 hits, eight RBIs and 19 runs scored. Read More
The Vernonia Softball team defeated Portland Christian 4-1 on Tuesday May 7th,
With the win, the Lady Loggers moved into a three-way tie for second place in Special District 1 with Knappa and Nestucca. All three teams have an 8-5 league record. The Lady Loggers got some help in the standings when Knappa defeated Nestucca 11-2 on Tuesday. The first and second place finishers automatically receive a berth in the State Playoffs; the third and fourth place finishers have to have a playoff game to get into the state tournament. Vernonia holds a tie breaker edge against Knappa but not against Nestucca.
The Loggers finish their season on Friday May 10th at Portland Christian with a double header. Knappa and Nestucca play a doubleheader on Friday at Knappa.
The Vernonia boys baseball lost on tuesday to Portland Christian 15-4, dropping their league record to 5-11. The Loggers play their final two games of the season on Friday at Portland Christian.
Track and Field- The track team has had two meets since our last report–the Banks Invitational on Saturday April 20 and the Southwest Christian Invitational at Sherwood HS on April 25.
At Banks a good portion of the team was missing because of the senior trip to Disneyland. The Loggers still recorded several good performances including Meghan Sullivan, who won 2 medals in the 100 and 200 meters. Read More
The Vernonia Lady Loggers softball team won two games against Neah-Kah-Nie on Friday May 3rd to sweep their three game series with the Pirates. The Loggers baseball team split their doubleheader with Neah-Kah-Nie.
The Lady Loggers won their games 24-4 and 16-0, while improving their league record to 7-5 and overall record to 13-8. VHS remains in third place in 2A Special District 1, just one game behind Nestucca with three games remaining.
The Vernonia boys won their first game at Neah-Hah-Nie 16-5 before dropping the second game 7-5. The Loggers are in fifth place with a 5-10 league record.
Both the Loggers and Lady Loggers have their final home games on Tuesday May 7th against Portland Christian, before ending their seasons away at Portland Christian with doubleheaders on Friday May 10th.
The Vernonia High School baseball and softball teams both won home games against Neah-Kan-Nie on Tuesday April 30th.
The Lady Loggers took another step towards securing a place in the state playoffs with their 13-3 win over the Pirates. Vernonia is in third place in Special District 1 with a 5-5 league record. The top two teams qualify automatically for the state playoffs; the third and fourth place teams have a playoffs game to determine who goes to state.
The Loggers defeated Neah-Kah-Nie, winning 10-2. The Loggers improved their record 4-9 and are in 5th place.
The Vernonia teams travel to Neah-Kah-Nie on Friday to play doubleheaders and finish their three game series with the Pirates.