By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Swiger named all-state

The arduous nature of Jacinda Swiger’s road to recovery never seemed to deter her on the softball field.

Swiger missed the 2013 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. She underwent physical therapy up to and during the 2014 softball season and played most McMinnville softball games with a knee brace.

“There were days that she couldn’t practice because she was in pain or doctors told her she shouldn’t practice,” Grizzlies coach Courtney Seifert said. “She still came out on game days and just was a gamer. She got the job done and was a real leader in terms of attitude.”

Coaches across the state took notice.

Swiger became McMinnville’s only Class 6A all-state selection this week, making the third team as an outfielder.

“She is a really tough kid, both mentally and physically,” Seifert said. “She’s smart. She knows the game and she knows what her role is. She knows what her job is and she’s going to get her job done. She’s going to get her business done in center field, running down balls she had no business running down.”

Present and future McMinnville opponents came away with the state’s top honors. South Salem pitcher Katie Donovan won Pitcher of the Year, and Glencoe infielder Courtney Clayton was named Player of the Year. Saxons coach Scott McCormick garnered Coach of the Year honors.

The Grizzlies finished the season with a 13-14 overall record and a 6-8 Class 6A Pacific Conference record, good for sixth place. Mac fell in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs to Barlow.

Swiger will play softball next season for Ashford University, an NAIA school in Clinton, Iowa.

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