Tribe nine advance to playoffs
Indians fall behind North Marion in 'play-in' game but come back to earn trip to state playoffs
The Scappoose Indians became the only local ball team to make it to the state playoff bracket with a 6-4 win over North Marion Thursday.
The win propelled Scappoose (12-12) into the state tournament with a first-round game at Douglas (13-13) this Wednesday. Douglas is currently ranked 10th by the Oregon School Activities Association and Scappoose 11th. The victor plays the winner of the No. 30-ranked Klamath Union (10-12) at No. 1-ranked Baker (21-3) game on Friday. With a Scappoose victory the next round would be home against Klamath Union if they win or in Baker if they win.
Against North Marion, the Indians led most of the way in the contest, but found themselves in jeopardy in the fifth when the Huskies took the lead with four runs off a homer, single, error, and a three-run homer in the top of the fifth.
'A wins a win,' Scappoose coach Robert Medley said. 'It was do or die and we got the win. We showed a lot of backbone to battle back and mental toughness. I thought we played pretty, but not exceptional.'
The Indians took the lead in the first inning with a run off an RBI single by Nathan Kranyak. They made it a 3-0 game in the fourth inning with two more runs. Kody Backus reached base after an out on a walk. Jordan Harmier then doubled for the first of his three RBIs on the day. Harmier would score on a single by Blake Updike.
The lead evaporated in the next inning when North Marion moved in front with four runs.
They didn't hold it for long. Paul Revis got a line drive single to lead off the bottom of the frame, but was out on a fielder's choice that put Chris Neifert on base. Kranyak followed with a single and Eric Raya doubled to score one. Harmier then singled to score both runners.
North Marion would threaten and load the bases in the seventh, but Scappoose got the last out to end the game.
Chris Neifert went the distance on the mound, striking out 11, but giving up 10 hits, including the two homers. He threw 110 pitches, 77 of them strikes.
'Our defense played well,' Medley said, 'We made some mistakes but overcame them. The first home run pitch was up, but the second one was a low curved ball that he golfed up into the airstream.'
There are just 16-teams in the state playoff bracket. Quarterfinals are this Friday and semifinals on Tuesday, May 31. The championship game is again at Volcanoes Stadium in Keiser. If Scappoose and Astoria meet again, it would be in the semifinals. The pair is on the same side of the bracket.
Medley said he didn't know much about Douglas, other than they have had a solid program and their coach has only been with them two years.
'I've got my feelers,' he joked. He said if the game were to be rained out, Scappoose would spend the night and play the next day.
The Indians did play Baker in a doubleheader earlier in the season on their annual Eastern Oregon trip. Baker won both of those games, but in a snowstorm towards the end of the trip.
Scappoose 6, North Marion 4
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Chandler Willet, Kip Pearson (5) and Doug Nobles; Chris Neifert and Nathan Kranyak.