Indians down Banks in Cowapa League opener
Will Sprute tough on the mound and with a bat at the plate
The Tribes Will Sprute did just about everything he could to help give the Scappoose Indians a 4-3 win over Banks in their Cowapa League baseball opener on Tuesday afternoon.
Sprute pitched all seven innings for Scappoose and while he gave up a homer to the lead-off batter, he would strike out seven batters, walk just two, and give up only seven scattered hits.
The Indians were trailing 2-0 in the third inning and loaded the bases when Albert Bernal singled, and Kody Backus and Lionel Sandoval walked. Sprute then stepped up and cranked a three-run double to center. The Indians would load the bases again, but couldnt score.
The Indians added what would be a much-needed insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Sprute led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Jake Ford. An out moved him to third, and Hoyt came up with a big single to send him home.
Banks got a runner to base in the fifth inning, but Bernal gunned him down trying to steal with a throw to shortstop Hunter Hoyt. They would make the game interesting in the seventh with a single and a double for one run but a pop-up to Sprute ended the threat.
Coach Robert Medley was happy with the victory, but noted its early.
Were young, Medley said. We made some mistakes, but the kids battled. I think its going to be a five-team race.
The longtime coach sees the Cowapa League as wide open this spring with a lot of new faces on all the teams.
Banks came into the game at 3-7, while Scappoose has improved to 5-6. The Indians have won five of their last eight games, including a 7-3 win over Rainier on Monday night.
Scappoose was at Banks again on Thursday for their second meeting. Theyll face each other again on May 4.
The Indians were scheduled to host Philomath in a non-league encounter at noon on Saturday (April 6). Theyre back in league play next week, traveling to Yamhill-Carlton on April 9, and hosting them on April 11.