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Baseball Playoffs: Hoyt plays hero as Indians win Cowapa League title

Senior Hunter Hoyt finished with five hits, four RBIs and two runs, and pitched the bottom of the seventh inning, getting both of the final two outs to clinch the league championship


Headed to the top of the seventh inning in the biggest game of the season, Scappoose had their work cut out for them. The Fishermen had scored the last four runs, taking a 9-7 lead and with a win, would clinch the Cowapa League championship.

But the Indians, just as they had done several times throughout the season, had a little more left in the tank. The gas, as it turned out, was senior Hunter Hoyt.

Scappoose netted three runs in the top of the final frame, inching past Astoria 10-9 to claim the league title and clinch a first-round playoff berth.

Hoyt got the rally started, hitting for his fourth RBI in the game to score Justin Hering and bring the road team within a point with two outs and an 0-2 count. Wyatt Patton jumped to third on the play, and was batted home by Kyler Mizee on the next at-bat to tie the game at nine runs each on a fly ball to center field that looked to be an easy play for center fielder Nick Strange.

In the previous contest between the two league foes, Strange had been a killer for the Fishermen in the outfield, making plays to put out seven Indian batters.

This time, Scappoose got their revenge. Strange couldn’t hang on to Mizee’s fly ball, leaving the door wide open for the Indians to score and take their first lead since the top of the fifth. Hoyt did just that, taking advantage of the Fishermen error to score and put Scappoose on top 10-9.

Then, just to add a cherry on top of the cake, Hoyt stepped in to pitch the bottom of the seventh and delivered, picking off Fishermen starting pitcher Chris Leonardi from first base and making the play to ground out Carter Wallace and close the game with a victory for the Tribe.

It wasn’t the only instance where Hoyt had played hero. Scappoose trailed 4-1 in the top of the fourth, and crept to within a pair of runs on an RBI single to right field from Patton. Then with Patton and Jake Ford on second and third respectively, Hoyt sent a hard grounder past the infield and out to center, scoring Ford and Patton to tie the game at four. He then scored on a passed ball to give Scappoose a 5-4 edge before Mizee raced in on an error to put the Indians up two.

Hoyt finished with five hits, two runs and four RBIs to lead the Indians on offense. Mizee had four hits, part of a hitting barrage for Scappoose, who peppered the three Astorian pitchers throughout the contest for 16 hits.

The combination of Hoyt, Blake Millar, Robby Backus, and Steven Johnson gave up 10 hits, but did just enough to give the offense the opportunity to pull through.

Scappoose will await the winners of the play-in round, and will host the 13-seed on May 28. The official OSAA 16-team bracket will be posted at 9 a.m. on May 25.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 10, Astoria 9

SCAP 100 510 3 - 10 16 3

ASTO 220 122 0 - 9 10 5

Scappoose

Hits (16): Ford 2, Patton 2, Hoyt 5, Mizee 4, Sprute, Margheim, Hering

RBIs (7): Ford, Patton, Hoyt 4, Mizee

Runs (10): Ford 2, Patton 2, Hoyt 2, Mizee, Margheim 2, Hering

Win: Steven Johnson (1 IP, one hit, no walks, one strikeout)