Scappoose Juniors win first two games at state
- John Brewington
- South County Spotlight - Sports
Scappoose downs Murrayhill and South Valley in two pool games
The Scappoose Juniors won their first two pool games of the Little League state baseball tournament at Cascade High School in Turner on Saturday and Monday.
Wet weather on Sunday moved games to Monday and Tuesday, dropping a day off some of the teams would have had.
With a 2-0 record going into Tuesday's third and final pool game, Scappoose can be the top seed with a win, and because of a low run differential percentage could do no worse than being the second seed in the tournament. It was possible they could lose on Tuesday and still be the number one seed.
On Saturday, Scappoose posted an easy win over Murrayhill, 16-4. Monday, they would 10-run South Valley (Cottage Grove), 12-2, in six innings. Tuesday, they were to play Central Point, which lost its first game, and was playing late Monday evening.
Scappoose was originally to play South Valley on Sunday, but rained forced all Sunday games to be moved to Monday and Tuesday. South Valley had beaten Central Point, 12-2 on Saturday.
The championship round still begins Wednesday with the No. 1 team from each pool, facing the No. 2 team from the opposite pool. They winners then play for the championship on Thursday, and the right to advance to the regional tournament.
Scappoose started off quick against Murrayhill. Justin Hering led off with a walk, Steven Johnson followed with a double, and Anthony Bernal doubled to score both of them. Lionel Sandoval was safe on a bloop single and Bernal was safe at home after a tag.
Scappoose spread out the pitching in the game-giving Will Sprute, Lionel Sandoval, Owen Fortney, and Robby Backus each 20 pitches. Justin Hering finished with 15.
The game might have ended sooner, but the official scoring only showed a nine-run lead after five innings, versus a 10-run lead in the other books for both teams. Scappoose opened it up in the last inning to clinch the win.
Monday's game started slowly with neither team scoring in the first inning. Scappoose scored three runs in the second inning and then continued to pick away at South Valley. They garnered most of their runs off singles and walks. Will Sprute had a two-run double for the big hit of the contest.
Scappoose again spared their pitching-with Sandoval and Hering throwing 20 pitches each, and then closing again with Backus.
The first round of championship games is Wednesday at 6 p.m. The finals are Thursday at 6 p.m.
The regional tournament is Aug. 2-9 in Laguna Niguel, California. The winner of that tournament advances to the Little League Junior Baseball World Series in Taylor, Michigan, Aug. 14-20.