Tribe tops Huskies in 10-inning play-in game
Hunters Hoyt's single in the bottom of the tenth scores Paul Revis and ends longest game
In one of the longest games in recent memory, the Scappoose Indians scored a run in the bottom of the tenth inning on Thursday to down a stubborn North Marion team and advance to the 4A state playoffs with a 6-5 victory.
The game set up a first-round state playoff game Wednesday against Molalla, a game against another Tri-Valley opponent.
After the first three innings, no one could imagine that the game would go for six innings without a score.
The game was tied from the top of the fourth until the bottom of the tenth before Scappoose put over the winning run. The ending was as simple and quick as the remainder of the game had been intense and emotional. Lead-off batter Paul Revis started the frame with a single that was bobbled by the left fielder. The speedy Revis stretched it, putting the winning run on second with no outs. Hunter Hoyt then hit a hard grounder between third and short and Revis went home with the winning run.
'Our kids went into the game loose and confident,' Coach Robert Medley said, 'and played with enough energy to get it done.'
North Marion came into the game having tied with two other teams, Gladstone and Molalla, for third in their conference. A somewhat convoluted tie-breaker would result in them traveling to Scappoose.
The Indians tied in the Cowapa League standings with Astoria, but had beaten them twice to earn the No. 1 play-in spot.
Scappoose had given up seven hits over three and a half innings, before Kody Backus came in as pitcher and limited the Huskies to just one hit and no runs over the next six innings.
'It was some good defense by us and Kody Backus did a great job on relief to stymie them,' Medley said.
Scappoose had quashed a North Marion scoring attempt in the first inning, getting their runner headed home into a rundown.
The Indians got their first run in the bottom of the frame when Hoyt doubled and scored on a shortstop error.
North Marion came back to surge in front in the top of the second. Two runners reached base on a single and a walk, and then were tripled home. Another single scored the one run.
Scappoose bounced right back with three runs of their own. Kyle Durvin reached base on an error, and then after two outs Josh Ooley singled and Paul Revis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. One run was walked home, and two more scored on a single by Blake Updike. Scappoose led 4-3 at that point.
The Indians took a 5-3 lead in the third. Nathan Kranyak doubled, advanced on a single by Kyle Durvin, and scored on a sacrifice by Nolan Lohman.
A walk, fielder's choice and two doubles sent in two runs to tie the game in the top of the fourth. That also prompted a pitching change for Scappoose, bringing in Backus. In the bottom of the frame, Eric Raya walked for Scappoose and advanced on a single by Kranyak. However, he was cut down going home. After another walk, North Marion also changed pitchers.
Scappoose would get runners on base in each of the next six innings, but would not score until the tenth inning. North Marion also got runners on base, but Scappoose cut them down without scoring.
Molalla on Wednesday
The Indians ended up getting the No. 2 seed in the tournament, the No. 1 seed in the lower bracket after La Grande was eliminated in the play-in round.
'I'm happy with our position,' Medley said. 'The kids have worked hard to go out and execute each game they way we ask them to. If we get knocked out, no one is going to remember how hard we played on Wednesday. I'm certainly proud of these kids.'
In Molalla, the 19-5 Indians are facing a 12-11 team (7-8 league) that played in a highly competitive league.
'Molalla is a good team, they always have a good team,' Medley noted. 'We saw them in the summer and expect a good ball game. 'We're going to execute the way Scappoose plays baseball and see where it goes from there. Its baseball, anything can happen.'
Scappoose 6, N. Marion 5
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North Marion-Brock Breshears, Spencer Beachy (4) and Nat Barrell; Scappoose-Blake Updike, Kody Backus (4) and Nathan Kranyak.