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Indians lose to Astoria, but still very much in title chase

Scappoose beats Seaside, but falls short in comeback bid against Fishermen
by: John Brewington, Indians top YC—Scappoose’s Hunter Hoyt banged out a hit with this swing during Monday’s game with Yamhill-Carlton. Scappoose remains tied with Astoria for the Cowapa League title, but with wins in two of the three meetings holds the tiebreaker.

The Scappoose Indians lost a game to Astoria on Wednesday, but by week's end found themselves still tied for first in the league race.

The Indians picked up a 3-2 win over Seaside on Tuesday, but made some mistakes and couldn't find a hitting groove against Astoria's Conor Harber on Wednesday in a 5-2 loss.

Astoria would drop an 8-5 game at Yamhill-Carlton on Friday and that put them back in a tie with the No. 1 OSAA-ranked Indians. The Tribe beat Astoria twice earlier in the season and that gives them the tiebreaker.

Scappoose hosted Yamhill-Carlton on Monday, one of three games this week that will finish the regular season. They are slated to go to Tillamook on Wednesday and host Seaside on Friday.

The winner of the Cowapa League will host the No. 4 team from the Tri-Valley League (currently N. Marion) and the No. 2 Cowapa League team will host the No. 4 from the Tri-Valley (currently Molalla) in the play-in round. Winners advance to the state playoffs. If Scappoose advances, they should be guaranteed home games until the finals because of their high ranking.

The Indians will take the league title if they can win their three games this week. They will fall into second if they lose one and Astoria wins their two games-against Seaside and Banks.

Scappoose 3, Seaside 2

The Indians travelled to Seaside last Tuesday, playing on their all-weather turf field.

Scappoose took the lead in the game in the first inning when Blake Updike walked, advanced on a double by Eric Raya, and then scored on a single by Nathan Kranyak.

Scappoose held the 1-0 lead until the sixth when they added two more runs. Updike again reached base with a single, and advanced to third when Raya got his second hit of the game, beating out a bunt. He scored on a single by Kyle Durvin and Raya went home off an error on the same play.

Seaside got their first run in the bottom of the sixth off a single, two walks and a fielder's choice. They added another in the seventh off two singles, and a sacrifice fly to center. Scappoose cut off one runner at second, but allowed two runners on base before they made the last out.

Astoria 5, Scappoose 3

Scappoose was in this game most of the way, only faltering with a couple of miscues in the sixth inning.

Astoria had the early lead, scoring one run off a walk, a play at first and a single. They added a run in the second off two singles and a sacrifice.

Scappoose knotted the score in the fifth inning. Three errors and a walk would account for those runs. Kyle Kramer would leadoff with a walk, advance to second on a pickoff overthrow, go to third on a passed ball, and score on another overthrow. After an out, Paul Revis reached base on an overthrow at first, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on the overthrow to third.

The tie was short-lived. Astoria got a runner to base on a missed fly, and advanced him on a single. The second runner was picked off first, but a hit batter put another runner on base. Scappoose intentionally walked last year's Player of the Year Conor Harber to load the bases. Dillon Smith came up and hit a big double on a 3-2 count to score all three runners.

The Indians didn't go too quietly in the bottom of the seventh. After two strikeouts, Hunter Hoyt doubled and then scored on a single by Updike. Harber, who went the distance on the mound, then struck out the last batter to end the game.

Scoring:

Scappoose 3, Seaside 2

Scappoose 100 002 0-3 7 1

Seaside 000 001 1-2 3 2

Scappoose-Eric Raya and Nathan Kranyak; Seaside-Nelson and LaCoste.

Astoria 5, Scappoose 3

Astoria 101 003 0-5 8 4

Scappoose 000 020 1-3 3 2

Astoria-Conor Harber and Evan Cain; Blake Updike, Scappoose-Kody Backus (6) and Nathan Kranyak.

Last week of games:

Monday, May 7

Scappoose 5, YC and #8200;4

Astoria 11, Tillamook 0

Banks 6, Seaside 5

Tuesday, May 8

Seaside at Astoria

Banks at Tillamook

Wednesday, May 9

Scappoose at Tillamook

Banks at YC

Thursday, May 10

Seaside at Tillamook

Friday, May 11

Astoria at Banks

Seaside at Scappoose

Yamhill-Carlton at Tillamook