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Indians blast Banks, sink Seaside

Scappoose keeps pace in league with three wins
by: John Brewington, The Indians’ Brandon Zang is safe after oversliding third on a two-run triple during last Friday’s game with Banks. The Tribe beat Banks, and Seaside twice to stay in the thick of the league race.

The Scappoose Indians stayed very much in the battle for a state playoff spot with three Cowapa League wins last week.

The wins kept Scappoose in a very close race for league playoffs. The Indians played Yamhill-Carlton on Monday, host league-leading Astoria on Wednesday, and then host Tillamook on Friday. Wins against two of the three would leave Scappoose all alone in second place.

Thursday last week, the Tribe traveled to Seaside and came away with 2-1 and 12-1 wins. Scappoose got good pitching from Charlie Updike and Jason Sawyer, each going the distance. Scappoose defense also played very solid in the doubleheader.

Updike only faced 16 batters in the first five innings of the contest. He gave up a single, but the runner was caught stealing. After a double and a single in the fifth, Scappoose turned a double play to end the threat.

The Indians got both of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Austin Egger led off the frame with a walk, and after an out, Nick Paxton was safe on an error. Another error put Updike on base, and then Josh Courtney singled two runs home. Courtney had both of Scappoose's hits and RBIs in the game.

Seaside's lone run came in the top of the sixth off a single, walk, an error, and another single. They threatened in the seventh with a runner on base, but Scappoose cut the opportunity short.

The other meeting of the two teams was less dramatic. The Indians scored three in each of four innings. A three-RBI single by Courtney in the first inning put Scappoose on board. Two walks, two hit batters, a double by Brandon Zang and an error accounted for three more in the second inning.

Scappoose held a 6-1 lead going into the sixth inning. A double by Sean Wasson drove in Egger and Paxton, then he scored on a double by Courtney. A double by Egger sent one run home in the seventh, and a triple by Paxton scored two more. Paxton was three for four in the game with three RBIs, Wasson was two for three with two RBIs, and Courtney was two for four with three RBIs. Egger was one for two, and Zang one for three.

Sawyer allowed just four hits in the contest, and walked three. He struck out four.

It was never close on Friday. Scappoose pounded Banks with 18 hits and 18 runs in a five-inning rout.

The Indians put over seven runs in the first inning, including a two-run homer by pitcher Nick Paxton. They added three more in the second inning, and six in the third to take a 16-0 lead.

Paxton was perfect for two innings, got out of trouble in the third, and gave up a few in the fourth and fifth before Banks ran out of gas.

The offensive display, albeit against mediocre pitching, was incredible. Cory Hendryx was one for two with two RBIs; Austin Eggers was two for three, scoring four times; Paxton was four for four with three RBIs, and four runs scored; Sean Wasson was two for three with a double and three RBIs, three runs scored; Josh Courtney was one for one with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored; Charlie Updike was one for two with two RBIs, a double, and a run scored; Jason Sawyer was two for four with two RBIs, and a run scored; freshman Hunter Johnson was two for three with an RBI and a run scored; Brandon Zang was two for two with a triple, a run scored and an RBI; and David Jones was one for one .

Paxton

Scores by innings:

Scappoose 18, Banks 6

Banks 000 24-6 5 1

Scappoose 736 2x-18 18 1

Shaw and Turner; Nick Paxton and Sean Wasson.

Scappoose 2, Seaside 1

Seaside 000 001 0-1 5 2

Scappoose 000 200 x-2 2 1

Spear and Carow; Charlie Updike and Sean Wasson.

Scappoose 12, Seaside 1

Scappoose 330 003 3-12 10 1

Seaside 010 000 0-1 4 2

Jason Sawyer and Sean Wasson; Peters and Carow.

Cowapa League

Baseball Standings

W L

Astoria 10 1

Scappoose 6 4

Tillamook 6 4

Yamhill-Carlton 4 7

Seaside 3 8

Banks 2 7