Friday will feature the first of several showdowns between the Indians and Fishermen, who are tied atop the Cowapa League standings
Scappoose couldn't have found a better time to meet Astoria for a massive Cowapa League baseball showdown.
Heading in to Friday's contest, a huge road challenge for the Indians, Scappoose has won seven in a row and 12 of their last 13 games and is locked in a tie with Astoria for the top spot in the Cowapa League standings.
The Fishermen are on just as strong a tear, winning their last eight games following a 3-2 loss to Yamhill-Carlton in the season opener including three shutouts. The Indians also have three shutouts, including two of their last three games.
Their match up on April 30, however, was completely the opposite. Scappoose had allowed six or more runs three times this season ahead of Wednesday's game against Seaside, whom they had beaten 5-0 the day before.
From the get go, it was clear that this was no low-scoring, pitchers duel affair. The Indians reeled off seven runs in the first inning, benching sophomore left hander Jacob Bassett with an out left in the top of the first inning. Scappoose picked up five hits and five walks in the inning before senior Jake Strozzi was finally brought in as a reliever to strike out Kyler Mizee.
It didn't take long for the Indians, now ranked eighth in the state, to figure out Strozzi. He had one run-free inning before Scappoose jumped all over the senior, scoring three quick runs on a triple from Hunter Hoyt to score Will Patton and a deep home run over the left field fence from junior Steven Johnson to score a pair and put the road team up 11-0.
At this point, Strozzi was done as well, replaced in favor of junior right hander Kevin Lacoste, but the Seagulls kept swinging. And swinging.
The home nine finally knocked in a pair of runs on Tribe starter Blake Millar, scoring two in the bottom of the third to scratch the scoreboard for the first time. The Gulls poured in three more in the fourth inning off a two RBI single from senior Aaron Tadei and an RBI single from Zach Quicke.
By the time Seaside scored two more in the bottom of the sixth to make it 11-7, the comeback was in full tilt. The road bats had been silent for the better part of four innings as they watched Seaside put up seven unanswered runs to make a game of things.
But in the seventh, Scappoose found a way past Lacoste, who had stifled the Indians for three innings on his own. Patton singled to center field and stole second just before Mizee was hit by a pitch to put two men on base. Then Sam Margheim tripled to left field, scoring both batters to give the Indians a six point advantage once again. They'd score once more, and though Seaside put in a run in the bottom of the seventh, the clutch burst was enough to send the Seagulls packing.
The barn-burner spelled an end to a busy stretch for Scappoose that saw the Indians pick up wins on three consecutive days against Tillamook and twice against Seaside. They'll have a day of rest before the series begins with Astoria on Friday. Scappoose will welcome the Fishermen to town on Tuesday, May 6 for the home leg with the first pitch at 5 p.m.
Scappoose 14, Seaside 8
Broadway Middle School, Seaside
SCAP 704 000 3 – 14 12 3
SEAS 002 302 1 – 8 12 3
Hits (12): Ford 2, Patton 3, Hoyt, Mizee 2, Margheim 2, Johnson, Nelson
HR (1): Johnson
RBIs (12): Hoyt 2, Mizee 2, Margheim 2, Johnson 3, Backus, Nelson 2
Runs (14): Ford, Patton 3, Hoyt 2, Mizee, Margheim 2, Johnson 2, Backus, Nelson