Scappoose remains tied with Astoria for Cowapa League title; others fall off pace
by: John Brewington, HEADS UP—Scappoose’s Hunter Hoyt tags out a Tillamook runner during last Wednesday’s game. Scappoose beat Yamhill-Carlton, Tillamook, and Seaside in league play last week.

The Scappoose Indians put themselves in good position to win the Cowapa League baseball title with wins over Yamhill-Carlton, Tillamook and Seaside last week.

With the final round of league play starting this Wednesday, the Tribe went into this week tied with Astoria at 7-2. The Indians host the Fishermen this Wednesday in their final meeting of the regular season. Scappoose won the first two outings.

While the Indians, ranked second in the Oregon School Activities Association standings, are improving with each game, Coach Robert Medley still feels there is plenty of room for improvement.

'We've hit the ball better the last couple of games. We're starting to see the ball better and our timing is coming around. It's better that is comes towards the end (of the season). We're pitching well, throwing strikes, and playing good defense,' he said.

'I'm not satisfied,' Medley added. 'While the hitting is starting to come around, we still have a few players in a funk. All in all we're playing better baseball at the plate…we're going to keep doing what we're doing-playing Scappoose baseball.'

The Indians will finish the season on Friday, May 11, just over a week away. After Astoria Wednesday, they are at Banks on Friday, host YC on Monday, go to Tillamook May 9, and host Seaside May 11.

Scappoose 8, Seaside 4

The Indians never trailed against Seaside, but the Gulls were able the narrow the gap and make it interesting in the fourth and fifth innings.

Scappoose was ahead 5-0 after three innings of the contest. Paul Revis led off the game with a walk, was safe at second on a fielder's choice, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Blake Updike, and scored on a play at first.

In the third, Hunter Hoyt was safe on an infield single, and Updike followed with a bunt. An errant throw to first would allow Hoyt to score and Updike to advance to third. Eric Raya then singled to score Updike. Nathan Kranyak was safe on a bunt, and an error would allow two more to score.

Seaside closed to within three in the fourth off three singles and a three-run double.

Scappoose came right back with their last three runs. Revis led off with a triple, and then scored on a sacrifice by Updike. Raya followed with a double and Kranyak homered for the final two runs.

An error and a walk put two Seaside runners on base, and a single scored one. From right field, Updike would gun down the other runner trying to score on another single.

Kody Backus started on the mound for Scappoose, and Will Sprute came in during the fifth to finish up. He struck out five of the last 10 batters he faced.

Scappoose 10, Tillamook 2

Scappoose pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of two walks, and two hit batters in a 10-2 win over the visiting Cheesemakers on Wednesday.

The Indians got a run in the second inning off singles by Eric Raya and Lionel Sandoval, but Tillamook would push two runs over in the top of the third.

The Indians wasted little time in taking the lead back. Josh Ooley was hit by a pitch, stole second, and went to third on a passed ball. He scored on a single by Updike, who advanced to second on a wild pitch. Raya singled to score him.

The Indians never trailed again. They got two runs in the fourth and five in the sixth to put the game away. Singles by Sprute, Revis, and Updike plus an error, hit batter and a walk accounted for those runs.

Raya pitched the entire game for Scappoose, giving up just three hits, striking out 11, walking one and hitting another.

Scappoose 2,

Yamhill-Carlton 0

Scappoose started the week with a slim 2-0 win over visiting Yamhill-Carlton.

Will Sprute went the distance on the mound, scattering six hits, walking one batter and hitting one batter.

The Indians got in a bit of trouble in the sixth as YC loaded the bases, but a strike-out and a fielder's choice ended the threat.

In the bottom of the sixth, Scappoose recorded the only two runs of the game. Updike led off the inning with a single, and after an out Raya tripled to score him. Raya would score on a hit to the outfield by Kranyak.


April 27

Scappoose 8, Seaside 4

Seaside 000 310 0-4 7 3

Scappoose 104 300 x-8 8 2

Seaside-Degardi and Nelson; Scappoose-Kody Backus, Will Sprute (5) and Nathan Kranyak.

April 25

Scappoose 10, Tillamook 2

Tillamook 002 000 0-2 3 4

Scappoose 012 205 x-10 10 1

Tillamook-Damien Brown and Logan Browning; Scappoose-Eric Raya and Nathan Kranyak.

April 24

Scappoose 2, Yamhill 0

Yamhill 000 000 0-0 6 2

Scappoose 000 002 x-2 5 1

Yamhill-Carlton-Tanner Martin and Walker Davis; Scappoose-Will Sprute and Nathan Kranyak.

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