PHS senior Mackenzie Hiner hits a home run to lead off the third inning during Wednesday's game against Stayton. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Taking the field on Senior Day Wednesday afternoon against one of the top teams in the conference, Philomath High’s Mackenzie Hiner pitched into the sixth inning and hit her first home run.

Hiner is one of the four seniors on the roster that were recognized in pregame. Two others were starters in the 15-8 loss to Stayton — Ashlynn Barron, who had a single in the fifth and a sacrifice bunt in the sixth to bring in a run, and Kyla Berger, who scored a run in the sixth after reaching on a walk. The team’s other senior, Reagan Larson, was forced to miss the season with an injury sustained during basketball.

Stayton’s firepower was too much for the Warriors to overcome in this one with the Eagles pounding out 12 hits and scoring runs in each of the first six innings. Philomath continued to have issues with fielding by committing eight errors in the loss.

Philomath’s Ahnika Tryon approaches home plate to cheering teammates after hitting a home run to lead off the second inning. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the second, the Warriors tied the game by putting up four runs in the inning. Sophomore Ahnika Tryon led off the inning with a solo home run to get Philomath on the scoreboard. Junior McKenzie Hauck, junior Kori Galvan and freshman Jenae Traglia each had singles and freshman Hannah Bennett reached on an error. Traglia’s line-drive single to right field drove in two runs and Galvan later scored on a passed ball to make the score 4-4.

Stayton (20-3 overall, 14-3 Oregon West) responded with four runs in the top of the third and pulled away with three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Philomath’s Hiner opened the third with her solo home run to center field. In the fifth, Hiner drew a walk and courtesy runner Kaylie Kohler, a freshman, came around to score on a Bennett single. The two runs in the sixth were scored on Barron’s sacrifice that brought in sophomore Presley Reichhuber, who had earlier singled, and Berger scored on a passed ball.

Senior Kyla Berger gets ready to bat. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Traglia and Reichhuber each had two hits. Junior Elizabeth Morales-Marquez relieved Hiner in the sixth and pitched the final 1-1/3 innings.

Philomath (9-11, 8-7) was scheduled to play at home Thursday against Newport but the game was postponed until Saturday. The Warriors are scheduled to play Friday at Sweet Home.


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