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Tribe clinches first baseball title since 1995

Tribe wins four games last week and has tiebreaker over Astoria
by: Submitted Photo, OUT AT THIRD—Scappoose’s Nolan Lohman tags out a Seaside runner during Friday’s game. The Indians won four games last week to clinch the Cowapa League title.

After a close game to start the week, the Scappoose Indians poured 39 runs over the plate in three games to clinch first place in the Cowapa League baseball race.

'I'm very proud of this team for winning the Cowapa League title,' Coach Robert Medley said. 'The way we did it was exciting for the kids.'

Scappoose went into the week with four games to play and tied in losses with Astoria. Any loss would have left them in second place behind the defending state champions.

'We had four games and it was fun. There was very little talk of the league championship. The kids and the coaching staff did a good job of focusing on playing one game at a time. We got behind in every game and got ourselves going. My hat goes off to the kids,' Medley said.

Scappoose had trailed Yamhill-Carlton on Monday, before coming up with a big 5-4 win late in the game. The other three games wouldn't be as close in the final innings, but Scappoose did dig some holes for itself. They would finish each game in grand style, scoring 18 runs total in their last at bat.

'Everybody stepped up,' Medley said. 'It was a group effort. We had different people step up at different times. It was a total team effort and I'm very proud of them.'

Scappoose would trail Tillamook 2-1, tie the game and then put over 12 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to end the contest. Banks would also lead 2-1 and then 5-4 before the Indians would score 11 runs over the next four innings. Seaside scored the first three runs of the contest in their game before Scappoose outscored them 14-4 over the next four innings to end that contest.

Scappoose wins the league by virtue of having beaten Astoria in two of their three meetings.

The Indians now host North Marion, the No. 4 team from the Tri-Valley League, on Thursday in a 5 p.m. game. If they win, they'll advance to the state playoffs, where they will play the 14th-ranked team after the play-in games. Currently, that is Madras. Scappoose, ranked third, would host the game.

Scappoose 14, Tillamook 2

A walk and two errors would give Tillamook the lead in their contest, but Scappoose tied up the game in the third and then put 12 runs over the plate in the fourth and fifth innings.

The game ended after five.

The Indians scored twice in seven of their nine positions.

Eric Raya was three for four in the game with a double and two RBIs. Hunter Hoyt was two for four with two RBIs, and Kyle Kramer was two for two with two RBIs. Josh Ooley was one for one with a walk. Paul Revis, Nathan Kranyak, and Kyle Durvin also had hits.

Scappoose 15, Banks 7

The Indians were down 5-4 to Banks going into the bottom of the third and scored three runs to take the lead back for good.

The Indians ended by scoring seven runs in the sixth to give them an eight-run lead.

Kyle Kramer and Josh Ooley were each three for four in the game. Kramer was also hit by a pitch. Nathan Kranyak was three for five, Kody Backus was two for two, and Hunter Hoyt was two for four with a sacrifice.

Overall the Indians had 18 hits in the game.

Scappoose 14, Seaside 4

Scappoose was down 3-0 after the top of the first inning, but came roaring back with 14 runs to finish the game.

Seaside walked or hit nine batters in the game and six of those scored.

Revis was two for four with a triple. Kranyak was two for two with two walks and scored four times. Nolan Lohman was two for three with a double and a walk. Josh Ooley was two for three. Blake Updike was one for one, hit twice, walked once, and scored three times.

The game was delayed in the bottom of the third when the sprinklers came on unexpectedly and it took some time to get them turned off.

Scoring:

May 9

Scappoose 14, Tillamook 2

Scappoose 101 57-14 12 2

Tillamook 200 00-2 1 4

Scappoose-Eric Raya and Nathan Kranyak; Tillamook-Klugh and Harmon.

May 10

Scappoose 15, Banks 7

Banks 203 002 0-7 11 4

Scappoose 133 017 x-15 18 1

Banks-Devin King and Shea Rue; Scappoose-Will Sprute, Kody Backus (4) and Nathan Kranyak.

May 11

Scappoose 14, Seaside 4

Seaside 300 10-4 3 1

Scappoose 033 44-14 10 0

Seaside-Gande and Hogue; Scappoose-Bla