Scio — Talk about a heck of a high school debut! Take a bow and tip your cap Myleigh Cooper. The freshman made her debut for the Scio Loggers on Tuesday against defending 2A/1A state champion Kennedy Trojans, led by their own ace Jenna Hopkins. In a game she will never forget, Cooper made the most of her debut and pulled a couple of insane feats in the process.
Cooper would strike out her first hitter of the day but walked the next two and put a runner in scoring position for the Trojans. After both runners moved up to second and third, Freshman Isabel Berning would score with two outs on a wild pitch by Cooper, giving the Trojans a 1-0 lead after a half inning. Jenna Hopkins struck out the first two hitters for Kennedy, but Cooper smashed a triple in her first at-bat as a Logger, placing herself on third base with two outs but would be stranded as Kennedy led Scio 1-0 after an inning. Cooper would strikeout three more in the second, upping her total to six through 1 1/2 innings of play. Just like Cooper in the first, Erica Simmons picked up a double in the bottom of the second with two outs, however she was left stranded and Kennedy led 1-0 after two innings.
Cooper went quickly in the top of the third, and Taryn Ramsay positioned herself on third with two outs for Scio in the bottom of the inning. Again though, Scio left a runner in scoring position stranded for the third straight time and trailed 1-0 to Kennedy. Cooper kept up her dominance in the fourth, striking out the side to keep the game at 1-0 Trojans. Kylee Baumgartner led off the bottom of the inning with a double for Scio, and Meagan Trissel brought her home on an RBI double to tie the game at one run apiece. Hopkins navigated the rest of the fourth inning with three straight outs, stranding Trissel and keeping it 1-1 after four innings. Cooper went 1-2-3 against Kennedy in the top of the fifth, and her Loggers would have a calling for her in the bottom of the inning.
Kadence Soto and Ramsay went back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the fifth, advancing to second and third on a ground out. For the second time in the game, Cooper ripped a triple off Hopkins and this time it was for a great cause, driving home two runs to help her own cause and push Scio ahead 3-1 on Kennedy. In the next at-bat, Baumgartner would bring home Cooper on an RBI groundout, making it a 4-1 Scio lead after five innings. Kennedy would spin the wheels the rest of the way offensively, getting shut down 1-2-3 by Cooper in the final two innings as Scio upset Kennedy 4-1 on opening day for the Loggers.
Myleigh Cooper no-hit Kennedy in her freshman debut, walking three hitters and being tagged with an earned run on the wild pitch score, but she tallied 14 strikeouts in the win. Cooper also finished 2-3 with two triples and the game-winning RBI’s for the Loggers. Kylee Baumgartner, Erica Simmons, Meagan Trissel all doubled for Scio in the game. Isabel Berning scored the only run for Kennedy in the first inning, reaching via walk and scoring on the wild pitch by Cooper. For Scio, it is their first opening day win since 2018, which also occurred against Kennedy.
Scio (1-0) hosts 2A/1A #9 Colton on Wednesday, 2A/1A #3 Kennedy (0-1) hosts #4 Grant Union / Prairie City on Friday.