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Tribe baseball team will be competitive

Scappoose loses several players from last year
by: John Brewington, Scappoose baseball catcher Sean Wasson was a first team all-league pick last season and will lead the Indians as they try to make the state playoffs this spring.

The Scappoose Indians have some holes to fill in their line-up this season, but coach Robert Medley thinks the team will be very competitive in the Cowapa League again this season.

The squad lost four seniors from last year's team and has five players back. They also had one student transfer, and two others have not come out.

Heading the returnees for the Indians will be All-League first team catcher Sean Wasson.

'He's our man,' Medley says, 'the leader of the team.'

The Indians will have seniors Charlie Updike and Brandon Zang pitching for them this season. Brandon Bernardi will be the third man on the pitching staff. They lost Julian Zirkle, who moved to St. Helens.

They also return most of their outfield with Josh Courtney, a junior, and seniors David Jones and Justin Fleming.

Medley said he had several players out that were on the summer team. They include junior Josh Shoun, and sophomores Nick Paxton, Austin Egger, Jason Sawyer, and Cory Hendryx. Medley said that he was also looking at three or four other sophomores to add to the team.

Overall the mix will give Scappoose a pretty young squad this season, but a solid team.

'The league is strong this year,' Medley says. 'Astoria is coming back from making it to the semis last year and a state championship two years ago. They still have that (Jordan) Poyer kid and a couple of quality seniors. YC (Yamhill-Carlton) also has some key players back, while Banks, Seaside and Tillamook will be in the mix. Banks and Seaside lost a lot of seniors.'

'The way I see it,' Medley said, 'is that if the right arms, our pitching, comes around we will be a playoff-caliber team. We have some youth on our team so if it comes around we will be competitive.'

The Indians jump into preseason games Wednesday, March 12 at La Salle. Friday they are at Estacada. They have their first home game on Tuesday, March 18, hosting Rainier.

The team will be in John Day over spring break, March 20-24 for a tournament.