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Indians bow out of 4A state playoffs

Scappoose closes gap at one point, but can't pull off comeback at Douglas
by: John Brewington FOUL BALL—Scappoose’s Nathan Kranyak fouls off a ball during last Wednesday’s game at Douglas.

For a brief period on Wednesday, the Scappoose Indians looked like they might pull a win out of the hat in a first-round 4A state baseball game at Douglas.

Alas, it was the Trojans that came up with their biggest inning of the contest to dash the Tribe's hope of a repeat state championship and move on to a game at Baker with the 11-4 win.

'We showed a lot of heart,' Scappoose coach Robert Medley said of his team's efforts. 'We battled back. Hats off to Douglas for the way they hit the ball. We had our chances to make plays later in the game, but just didn't.'

Douglas took control of the scoring early in the contest with three runs in the first inning and two in the second. Tyson Dahl led the offensive charge for the Trojans with three hits-a double, two-run homer, a walk, and a single. He scored off a single in the first and off the homer in the second.

The Indians struggled at the plate much of the game, but found some offense in the top of the sixth inning. Jacob Watt energized the team with a leadoff bunt single. Paul Revis followed with a single, and Chris Neifert singled to load the bases. Nathan Kranyak's long sacrifice to right allowed Watt to tag and score. Eric Raya then stepped up, took a mighty swing that caught the wind in right, and the Indians had three runs. It was the first varsity home run for the junior. That pulled the Indians to within one. It seemed momentum had swung.

The euphoria didn't last long. An easy throw to first went awry, and Medley switched pitchers. Douglas then came up with a single to score one run. After another single and a hit batter, the coach brought in another pitcher. An error was followed by another hit batter, a two-run double, and another run scored on a play at first that put Scappoose in a deep hole.

The Indians made an attempt to generate some offense in the seventh when Watt got his second hit of the day, and Paul Revis reached base on an error. It was too little, too late and the last out ended the game.

The Indians had just six hits in the contest, four of them in the sixth inning, and one in the seventh. Douglas had nine hits, but bunched them together and took advantage of Scappoose mistakes.

'Did we play our best game,' Medley said. 'Absolutely not. Did we put our hearts into it and get after it, absolutely. We wanted to win the game and we were confident, but sometimes you just get outplayed.'

Medley said it was a long bus ride home, but the mood changed. 'They weren't happy on the bus ride back, nobody was happy. Then the juniors and sophomores started talking about next year. We had a very good baseball program from top to bottom-from the kids to the coaches to the administration to the secretaries, it's one of the best programs in the state at the 4A level. We have the foundation to take a step back and then take three steps forward. We're looking forward to the summer and we're excited about the baseball program period. We're excited for the years to come. Our numbers are up and we've got a freshman group doing a great job.'

Medley noted that it was a pretty good year, having won 15 games, even though three wins were taken away because of an administrative error. He said anytime you win 15 games in high school, you've had a pretty good season.

Douglas was at Baker on Friday for the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

Scoring:

Douglas 11, Scappoose 4

Scappoose 000 004 0-4 6 2

Douglas 320 006 x-11 9 2

Chris Neifert, Kody Backus (6), Tanner Meyer (6) and Nathan Kranyak; Brian Middleton, Ricky Cortes (6), and Brock Koone