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Baseball: Scappoose stretches streak to eight

If not for a massive rally in the top of the seventh, Scappoose might have left Astoria with their tails between their legs. Instead, the Indians put up four runs in the period to outlast the Fishermen 6-4, keeping their eight-game unbeaten streak alive and well.

After six innings of a back-and-fourth contest, the pitching finally started to break down. Scappoose had taken an early 2-0 lead, only to see it evaporate shortly afterward, bringing the Cowapa League showdown to the wire tied at two runs apiece.

After giving up a double to Tribe senior Hunter Hoyt and hitting Kyler Mizee with a pitch, Astoria’s Nick Strange was pulled in favor of junior right hander Kai Brown. It didn’t work. Hoyt and MIzee moved to second and third on a passed ball, and an intentional walk of Will Sprute loaded the bases. Brown walked Steven Johnson on the next at-bat, sending Hoyt home and breaking the 2-2 stalemate. Robby Backus then knocked in an RBI single to score Mizee, followed by a two RBI double from Sam Margheim.

Heading into the bottom of the sixth, Scappoose starter Will Sprute had given up just three hits, one earned run and one walk. In the final two innings, Astoria finally broke through, loading the bases in the sixth inning and netting six hits between the sixth and seventh period for two runs.

And trailing by two with two outs, Astoria looked like they might have found just the combination they needed. Sprute walked senior Chris Leonardi, loading the bases with Carter Wallace, the Fishermen’s sophomore catcher, at the plate. Two pitches in, Wallace connected, sending a deep fly ball in the direction of right field - and Margheim’s glove. The senior made the perfect play, holding on to save the game for Scappoose and extend their perfect streak.

Scappoose will have a rematch with Astoria on Tuesday, May 6 at 5 p.m. at Scappoose High School. Just six games remain in the regular season, two of which will come against No. 13 Astoria.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 6, Astoria 4

SCAP 002 000 4 - 6 5 2

ASTO 000 200 2 - 4 9 1

Scappoose

Hits (5): Hoyt 2, Mizee, Backus, Margheim

RBIs (6): Mizee 2, Johnson, Backus, Margheim 2

Runs (6): Patton, Hoyt, Mizee, Johnson, Backus, Hering,