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Baseball: Indians get one-hitter from Millar in win over Astoria

Scappoose beats Astoria 2-1, evens season series


A single in the bottom of the seventh inning cost the Scappoose senior a no-hitter, but Blake Millar's seven-inning resume was impressive nonetheless: one hit, three strikeouts and no earned runs as the Indians beat Astoria 2-1 to even the season series on Tuesday evening.

With the victory, Scappoose (14-5, 9-1 Cowapa) regains first place in the Cowapa League standings with five games remaining — including the season finale at home against Astoria on May 15. Scappoose is now 11-2 when holding teams to four runs or less, winning games in dramatic fashion with their ability to pour on in late-game rallies.

Tuesday's contest followed a pattern somewhat similar to several victories earlier this season. Astoria took an early lead in the bottom of the second inning, scoring without a hit and capitalizing on an error.

Scappoose didn't get their first hit until the top of the fourth, when Steven Johnson singled to left field off of Astoria's Carter Wallace. From that point, it seemed the Indians had Wallace figured out — but not without a little drama.

Owen Fortney singled to start the top of the fifth, but was picked off at first before Millar's line drive was caught by the Fishermen's shortstop. Justin Hering stepped to the plate with two outs, and patiently took three pitches before swinging and reaching base on an error

Then, it was all Scappoose. Jake Ford and Wyatt Patton each hit grounders through Astoria's defense and into left field, batting Hering around to score and tie the game.

Continuing the trend, Hunter Holmason attempted to jump through the same gap. This time Astoria third baseman Kyle Strange was in the right place to scoop up the grounder and throw Holmason out at first base, but the fifth inning's second error saw Holmason reach safety and Ford dash home, giving the Indians a 2-1 lead.

Astoria never really threatened from there on out, with Ryker Helmersen being the only runner to get on base after a line drive single to left field in the bottom of the seventh.

A pitchers' duel between Millar and the Astorian pairing of Wallace and Fridtjof Fremstad, the two teams combined for just six hits and a single earned run. Johnson had two hits for Scappoose on three at-bats, and Ford had one hit, one run and a walk in three attempts.

Up next, Scappoose will host Banks in the final leg of the three-game season series with the Braves. Scappoose won the first two games 7-4 and 3-2 back in early April. Scappoose hasn't swept Banks since 2010, the year the Indians captured the 4A state championship.

SUMMARY

No. 6 Scappoose 2, Astoria 1

SCAP 000 020 0 — 2 5 2

ASTO 010 000 0 — 1 1 2

Runs-hits-RBIs: Ford 1-1-0, Patton 0-1-1, Johnson 0-2-0, Fortney 0-1-0, Hering 1-0-0

Pitching

Hits-strikeouts: W-Millar 1-3; Wallace 5-2, Fremstad 0-1

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