Philomath High's softball and baseball teams made their season debuts this week. The girls should be able to put together an exciting season with some good experience combined with developing talent. Don't let the 1-2 start fool you; they played three very, very good 5A teams and beat one of them.
One thing I noticed right away upon my arrival at the field Thursday was the new sign that coach Erik Remington installed in right field. It reads, "20??" and it replaced the 1984 sign, which was a reference to the team's last conference title prior to the 2018 squad.
So why 20?? and not just 2018?
"Because it's always hard; it took us 30-some years to just win a league title and now we possess one," he said. "But the hardest thing is can you repeat and when will be the next one?"
The baseball team played two very good teams in its first two games — Hidden Valley and Henley. Out of the two PHS squads, I'd say baseball has a few more questions than softball heading into the season. Coach Levi Webber has only a few players with solid playing experience behind them so you're going to see those rookie mistakes. Evidence of that could be seen with excessive errors in the two losses. But the kids started off with two quality opponents that could be considered among the top prospects for the postseason this spring.
I'll predict an interesting race in the Oregon West Conference. It just might come down to a couple of old rivals — Newport and Philomath.