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Indians finally post a win in baseball

Scappoose tops North Marion for first baseball victory in four outings


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Will Sprute pitches Monday to Central. The Indians hosted Central in their first home game of the season, losing 10-1. They picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday night at North Marion. The Indians left Thursday morning for a five-game road trip to Eastern Oregon. They faced Burns in their first game on March 22 in Ontario. The next two opponents be will determined by how they finish. They are at Baker on March 26. The young Scappoose Indians baseball team finally got a game in the win column on Tuesday, topping North Marion, 8-6.

The squad had lost their opener to La Salle, 4-0 on March 12. The game was switched to La Salle from Scappoose. The next day they fell to Valley Catholic, 11-0. Central posted a 10-1 win on Monday this week.

“We’re not playing well,” coach Robert Medley said going into the North Marion contest. “We’re not doing well in too many aspects of the game. We’re young, we’ve got to work hard and continue to get better.”

While he was happy with the victory at North Marion, Medley noted that “one win doesn’t make a season.”

The Scappoose offense that had generated just one run in the first three games turned that around against the Huskies.

The Indians had the early lead in the contest with three runs in the top of the first, but fell behind in the second inning, and then came back in the fourth to take the lead for good. Due to rain, it was just a five-inning game.

The first three runs came when Justin Hering singled, Hunter Hoyt reached base on an error, Anthony Bernal and Steven Johnson reached base on errors to score one, and Robby Backus doubled to send in two more.

The Huskies would push two over the plate in the second off a double, an error, a sacrifice, a passed ball, and a ground out to first. North Marion took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the second with three runs off a walk, two singles, another walk, a sacrifice, and an error.

Scappoose added one more run when Sam Margheim reached base on an error, and scored on a single by Hoyt. They got the lead back with three runs in the fourth. With one out, Margheim reached base on a walk, and stole second. He moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Hering’s single. Hoyt then doubled, and an error allowed Kyle Durvin to reach base and Hoyt to score. The Indians added one more run in the fifth when Backus walked, advanced on sacrifices by Lionel Sandoval and Will Sprute, and scored on an error.

Owen Fortney pitched four innings of the contest, giving up just four hits. Bernal pitched the last inning.

Monday in their first home game, the Indians had just two hits in a 10-1 loss. The game was close for the first three innings. Central got runs in the first and third innings for a 2-0 lead, and then clamped down with four runs in the fourth. They added three more for insurance in the sixth off four singles, and a run in the seventh.

The only run for Scappoose came in the fourth. Bernal was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced and scored on an error.

Scappoose had trouble against Valley Catholic, not generating a hit in the game, and striking out nine times in the sixth inning game. The game was tight for the first two innings, but VC posted two runs in the third off two walks, a single, a sacrifice and two errors. They added three in the fourth off three walks, a single and a sacrifice. They ended the game with six runs in the sixth inning. Three walks and four singles accounted for those two runs.

The Indians left for their annual road trip to Eastern Oregon on Thursday morning. They had three games at Ontario on Friday and Saturday. They faced Burns in their first game and then had on more game on Friday. Their next two opponents would be determined by how they finish. The team is at Baker City for two game on March 26.

The next home game scheduled for Scappoose is against Banks on April 2.