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Indians bring two wins home from long road trip

Indians play well in first three outings, but not last two

The Scappoose Indians accomplished what they'd hoped to do on a five-game road trip over spring break-get in some games outside and see who's ready to play.

'We did okay,' Scappoose coach Robert Medley said. 'In the first three games we played pretty well. We hit better than I expected at this point and in the beginning we pitched pretty well.'

The Indians thumped Burns 15-1 in their first game at Ontario, and dropped Elko, Nev., 6-1 in their second outing. They led Stansbury Park, Utah, 6-4, before a late charge left them with a 7-6 loss.

The team finished the trip in the snow against Baker with two games moved to John Day-an 8-3 and a 15-8 loss.

'We have no excuses,' Medley said. 'We had to drive to John Day to play and it snowed on us. We made six or seven errors and did not play well.'

Still the trip accomplished what the coach was looking for. 'One thing we use the trip for is to find out what to focus on, focus on it, and get better at it. We had some kids step up into positions. I think we'll get better and definitely be ready to play in a week or so when league rolls around.'

The Indians blasted the ball against Burns in their season opener. Jacob Watt was three for three at the plate and walked twice. Paul Revis, Kody Backus, and Tanner Meyer were all two for three. Josh Ooley was two for five with three RBIs. Revis had two RBIs. Chris Neifert pitched the first five innings of the game, gave up just three hits, no earned runs, one walk, and struck out 11 batters.

The Indians had eight hits in their game against Elko, but only Meyer had two in four at bats. Blake Updike did drive in two with his one hit. Eric Raya pitched five innings, struck out seven, and gave up just four hits and two walks in the 6-1 win.

It appeared the Indians would win their third straight game with a lead late against Stansbury Park. They led the game 6-4 going into the bottom of the seventh. A single drove in the tying and winning runs with two outs in the seventh. Watt and Neifert were both two for three in the contest. Meyer went five innings from the mound in the contest, giving up four hits, including a homer, and striking out four. Backus was the losing pitcher.

The Indians led Baker 2-0 after three innings in their first meeting, but a four-run fourth and fifth inning gave Baker the lead for good. The Indians had just three hits in the game. Watt scored twice after walking twice, and Jordan Harmier had two RBIs. Neifert threw four innings and gave up six hits and four runs, but just one run was earned. He struck out six.

The second meeting of the two teams was a slugfest. There were 26 hits in the contest, 15 for Baker and 11 for Scappoose, and 23 runs. Neifert was three for four, Updike two for three, and Harmier and Meyer were two for four.

The Indians were to travel to North Marion on Monday. They are slated for games at home with Rainier and R.A. Long on Thursday and Friday this week, but Medley felt it would be difficult to get the field ready. The Rainier and R.A. Long games could be moved if a suitable location is found. The Indians are at Astoria Tuesday, April 5 for their first league game.

Scoring:

Scappoose 15, Burns 1

Scappoose 201 160 5-15 15 3

Burns 000 010 0-1 5 5

Chris Neifert, Kody Backus (6), Josh Ooley (7) and Nathan Kranyak; n/a

Scappoose 6, Elko (Nevada) 1

Scappoose 004 011 0-6 8 1

Elko 000 100 0-1 4 3

Eric Raya, Kody Backus (6) and Jacob Watt (7) and Nathan Kranyak; n/a

Stansbury Park (Utah) 7, Scappoose 6

Scappoose 200 011 2-6 4 6

Stansbury Pk. 010 210 3-7 7 3

Tanner Meyer, Kody Backus (6) and Kranyak; n/a

Baker 8, Scappoose 3

Scappoose 101 001 0-3 3 4

Baker 000 440 x-8 9 2

C. Neifert, Blake Updike (5), Kody Backus (6) and Kranyak; n/a

Baker 15, Scappoose 8

Scappoose 032 201 0-8 11 2

Baker 051 234 0-15 15 1

Eric Raya, Tanner Meyer (4), Kody Backus (6) and Kranyak; n/a.