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Junior state team exits state tournament

Squad wins league, seeding game, but just 1-2 at state


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Hunter Hoyt touches base for one out and throws to first for a double play during Scappoose Junior State Tournament game with McNary. Scappoose lost this game, beat Dallas, but fell out of the tournament with a loss to Sprague. The Indians won their league with a 15-2 record.The Scappoose High Junior State 18U team had a pretty good season, winning their league and a state seeding game, but couldn’t convert that into a place at the state tournament at Western Oregon University.

The team, comprised of Scappoose High players that haven’t graduated, posted a 15-2 record to win their league title. They won a 2-0 game against Crescent Valley to boost their seeding into the state tournament.

They faced McNary in their first game at a blistering hot WOU field, starting at high noon last Thursday.

McNary was first on board in the contest, scoring twice in the first inning. The Indians left runners on base in the first two innings, but weren’t able to score until the third. Kyler Mizee reached base on a walk and Sam Margheim advanced him with a single. After two outs, Anthony Bernal stepped up and blasted a double to left center to score Mizee. Margheim was held at third and the last out came on a strike-out.

That would be the only score Scappoose would get in the game. McNary broke open the contest with five runs in the fifth and went on to a 10-1 win. Will Sprute pitched most of the game for Scappoose with Robby Backus coming in to relieve for 1-2/3 innings.

Scappoose came back the next day and pounded out nine hits in a slim 3-2 victory over Dallas. Hunter Hoyt and Bernal had RBIs in the contest. Owen Fortney went 6-1/3 innings in the game, limiting Dallas to just five hits. Hoyt, Steven Johnson, and Sprute each had two hits.

The following day Scappoose gave up 15 hits and 13 runs to Sprague. The squad fell behind early and never quite got in the game. Their only run came in the fourth. Scappoose had just four hits.

“I’m extremely proud of how the team played this summer,” Coach Robert Medley said. “We won league and did a great job of coming together. We had a lot of fun.”

“You never want to lose that last game (in the state tournament), but all but one (team) does,” he added. “We accomplished what we did with all of us coming together. Not only the team, but Coach (Joe) Girres and myself. I am very proud of all the kids, my hat goes off to them.”

Medley, who is also the athletic director at Scappoose High School, took off after the last game for a vacation in Sun River. He is expected to be back at work Friday.

Fall sports practices officially begin on Aug. 19, but most schools have several camps leading up to them and there is a lot of paperwork.

This week was the official “dead week” for all high school sports. by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Kyler Mizee lays down a bunt during game with McNary at the Junior State Tournament last week.