Indians' baseball teamfalls to Molalla 1-0 in first state playoff game

Tribe held scoreless through seven innings
by: John Brewington, Scappoose first baseman Eric Ray can't quite get to the ball as Molalla's Devon Schaefer reaches first. Schaefer would be cut down trying to steal second.

The Scappoose Indians were held scoreless through 7 innings on Wednesday, May 23 against Molalla. The Indians were held to only two hits the entire game by Molalla senior pitcher C.J. Stith.

Kyle Kramer and Josh Ooley were the only two players from the Indians that were able to breakthrough against Stith.

"It wasn't really all their fault, we hit right where the fielders were. Still could've gone better," said Senior 3rd basemen Nolan Lohman.

Will Sprute started on the mound for the Indians and was pulled after only 3 1/3 inning, allowing no hits, but allowed 5 walks and hit one batter. Kody Backus provided the Indians with 2 2/3 innings despite the hard work allowed the game winning run in the 5th.  Senior pitcher Blake Updike came in the 7th inning and closed out the game.

Molalla and Scappoose were tied through 5  innings until Molalla's Ryan Potter batted in the game winning run.  The Indians were shell-shocked when Potter hit the ball into center field, ended the hopes of another State title for the tribe.

The Indians were left in disbelief after earning a number one seed in the playoffs and losing in the first round of the playoffs.

''I wish I could have done more in the last game, said Head Coach Robert Medley about the loss. ''We win with class and lose with class.''

Despite the loss, the Indians had a successful season winning the league title over Astoria in the regular season.

''It was a great year for the program,'' stated Head Coach Robert Medley. with class.''

The Indians will lose six seniors looking into next season which include Blake Updike, Kevin Tatum, Josh Ooley, Nathan Kranyak, Nolan Lohman, and Eric Raya.

I wish the seniors the best of luck, '' said Robert Medley.

Scappoose will return starters Paul Revis, Kyle Durvin, Kyle Kramer, Will Sprute, Hunter Hoyt and a multitude of experienced players.  Medley feels confident Scappoose will contend next season.

"I think they will do very well, and have a lot of potential,'' said Nolan Lohman.