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    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016
APPEAL TRIBUNE
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ANNA REED/STATESMAN JOURNAL
Alex Molloy has proved her value to Silverton since she earned the starting pitching spot as a freshman when she was a first-team all-Mid-Willamette Conference player.
Molloy
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“And I think just her grit to be one of
the best players in the league and even in
the state makes her great.”
Though Molloy is known as a power
pitcher – she consistently throws in the
high 50s – she insists that her goal since
she started pitching has been to get spin
on the ball, and she does.
A student of pitching, she has con-
stantly been learning since she first
started pitching and she would pitch for
hours at a time in her back yard.
But the velocity was inevitable.
“She’s definitely stronger this year,”
Silverton coach Ralph Cortez said. “We
know that she’s gotten faster, definitely.
So she’s gotten stronger, that’s what we
see. And we noticed that against Canby
and Marist.”
Molloy has proved her value to Silver-
ton since she earned the starting pitch-
ing spot as a freshman when she was a
first-team all-Mid-Willamette Confer-
ence player.
She has thrived on it.
“I feel like I thrive off of pressure and
I had a great team to support me coming
in as a freshman,” said Molloy, last year’s
Mid-Willamette Conference Pitcher of
the Year. “I don’t know, I have a thing
where I’ve played girls that are older
than me in ASA, like it’s just like ASA
pitching in high school.
“I had great seniors at the time who
really brought me in as a family, and it
was just such a great experience like
that.”
bpoehler@StatesmanJournal.com,
503-399-6701 or Twitter.com/bpoehler
SOFTBALL
Greater Valley: The conference championship is expected to be a tight race between West
Albany and West Salem, which returns a huge group of standout players, including Tayler Gu-
nesch, Taylor Redman, Paige Whipple and Nalani Muranaka. McNary has some strong players in
all-state senior Kinsey McNaught, Madisen Oliver and sophomore Madia Witt, who has commit-
ted to play at Western Oregon.
Mid-Willamette: State semifinalist Silverton is the heavy favorite to win the conference behind
a team including all-state players Alex Molloy, Maggie Roth and Maggie Buckholz, who has
committed to play at Oregon. Lebanon, a Dallas team behind senior pitcher Yasmine El-Hato
and Central should be competitive.
Oregon West: Yamhill-Carlton and Newport are expected to be at the top of the conference.
Returning all-conference players Malya Ikea-Mario, Rachael Branch and Lyndsey DeSantis, Stay-
ton is young but has the talent to make noise.
West Valley: A Dayton team that won the 3A state championship a season ago is the favorite
this year, but Amity and Santiam Christian should be improved. Sheridan could take a step up
with starters Ashley Aponte, Sam Mack, Sianna Williams and Maddy Samples.
PacWest: A young Scio team that swept the conference last year is the heavy favorite to win it
again, but could be pushed by Colton and a Blanchet team with a young, athletic team in-
cluding Adrianna Ruiz, Analyssa Ruiz, Maddie Fessler and Kat Ruiz.
2A/1A Special District 2: While Central Linn is the favorite to win the conference again, there
are some teams that could make noise. Perrydale returns four-year starting catcher Anna Magill
along with multi-year starters and Hannah Amador and Hannah Smith and St. Paul has poten-
tial with Emily Vela, Elizabeth Brentano and Logan Robinson.