The Braves put up five runs in the second and third innings before Scappoose can respond, and coast to an 8-3 victory

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Senior Will Sprute dives back to first base to avoid a pick off in the fifth inning.The Indians should be grateful they won't have to face David Spiring for another month. And for Scappoose, who dropped an 8-3 game to Spiring and visiting Banks on Thursday evening, they'll have another chance to breath with a relative break in the schedule, facing three games against opponents who have stumbled their way into league play.

But on Thursday, it was all Spiring. The senior stymied Scappoose on the mound, striking out four and allowing just six hits, but he did his real damage with a bat in his hand. Spiring had four RBIs on two hits, including a pair of nails in the Indians' coffin in the top of the sixth inning.

The Braves had already taken a 6-3 lead in the inning off an RBI single from Casey McGough, but it was the first visiting run since the third and the home nine were advancing hot. Senior Will Sprute scored on a grounder from Jake Ford, and Wyatt Patton jumped on a mistake to run in the Indians' third score of the game, bringing the home team to within two runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Banks defense made the play to end the inning, but the shift in momentum was clear. The Braves had made two errors in the period, allowing two runs and giving Scappoose the fire they needed to complete the rally and maintain their spot at the top of the league standings.

Spiring had other ideas. Just as an assistant had shouted earlier in the game after Banks had jumped on top by five, Spiring put his foot to the Tribe's throat, knocking a line drive into right field and scoring David Schorn and McGough to put Banks up by five once again.

Scappoose got two men on base in the sixth and another pair in the seventh, but a sharp double play from senior Mykah Rosa threw out senior Lional Sandoval and Jake Ford in the bottom of the seventh, setting up an easy fly ball to close the game and pull the Braves even at 1-1 in league play.

For Scappoose, it snapped a five-game winning streak and an eight game streak in which the Indians hadn't allowed more than seven runs. The result is also tied for the second-lowest scoring output of the young season, behind the 2-0 shutout at the hands of North Marion in the season opener.

Scappoose will take on Molalla tonight at home before hosting Yamhill-Carlton (2-7, 1-1 Cowapa) on April 15.


Banks 8, Scappoose 3

Scappoose High School

BANK 014 003 0 – 8 12 2

SCAP 000 120 0 – 3 6 2


Hits (12): Rosa 2, Schorn, Spiring 2, McClean 2, Marie, Kualil, McGough 3

RBI (8): Spiring 4, McClean 2, Marie, McGough

Runs (8): Rosa, Schorn 2, Spiring, Bonin, Kualil, McGough 2


Hits (6): Ford, Hoyt, Bernal, Johnson, Sprute 2

RBI (2): Ford, Bernal

Runs (3): Hoyt, Sprute, Patton

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