Saxons coach gets landmark victory

Saxons coach gets landmark victory

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Saxons coach gets landmark victory

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Scott McCormick was trying to keep it quiet this time.

As he approached another milestone in his lengthy career as a head softball coach — 33 years total, 14 at McNary and in his 19th at South Salem — he didn’t want people to find out.

They did anyway.

With South Salem defeating Roseburg 4-2 Saturday, McCormick earned his 600th win as a head coach.

“If you’re in it long enough, you get lucky enough times, you get a few here and a few there and you get good kids,” McCormick said from Medford, where South Salem is playing in a spring break tournament starting Monday. “We just hope to put them in the right positions.”

Entering Monday’s games, McCormick had a career record of 600-236-1.

He is the second-winningest coach in state history, behind only Mike Jodoin of North Eugene, who has 656.

Getting his 600th win against Roseburg was a measure of revenge: The Saxons lost 4-2 to Roseburg in the state quarterfinals last year.

“It’s not quite like 500,” McCormick said. “500 was a big deal. 600 is just kind of like, that’s pretty cool. I think 500 was a bigger deal. (Assistant coach Terry) Haugen didn’t go out and steal the ball this time. 500 he went out and got the game ball.

“We just were worried about where we were going to go eat.”

They went to the Red Robin in Roseburg after the game.

McCormick is the 19th coach in Oregon high school history to reach the 600 win mark in any sport.

He entered the season with 598 wins, but the Saxons got a comparatively late start as the girls basketball team — and especially star pitcher Katie Donovan — missed the first few weeks of practice because the basketball team made the state tournament.

But the Saxons got her back for two days of practice before their season-opening 2-0 win against West Albany.

“We didn’t have her out there for anything,” McCormick said. “Not having her out there is a big hole. The thing about her is she works so much on the side, she pitches so much with her mom over at the Courthouse. I wasn’t really worried about the pitching part, but I figured the hitting would come along.

“And that’s probably the thing down the road were going to need a lot out of here. She came in first game looking like she’s been pitching all year… We’re young, right now around her defensively, so we need her to dominate offensively.”

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