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Baseball: Scappoose falls to Astoria for first league loss

Astoria scores three runs in the top of the second inning


JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose senior Owen Fortney reaches to lay down a bunt during the Indians' game against Astoria on Friday, May 1.A tough stretch in the top of the third inning was enough for Astoria on Friday afternoon, giving the visiting Fishermen a boost to hop past Scappoose 4-2 and send the Indians to their first loss of Cowapa League play.

Scappoose (13-5, 8-1 Cowapa) falls into a tie with Astoria atop the Cowapa League standings, with another game in Astoria looming on Tuesday, May 5.

Just as Tribe head coach Robert Medley predicted, Astoria came out with the intent to put pressure on Scappoose once they got runners on base. The first inning ended with a 1-0 Scappoose lead as Wyatt Patton scored on an error, but Astoria responded with back-to-back singles to start the top of the second.

An error at shortstop opened the way for Joe Brawley to score and tie the game. The Fishermen loaded the bases on a bunt up the middle, and an error on the next at-bat allowed two Astoria runners to round third and score, giving Astoria a 3-1 lead before Scappoose finally picked up an out.

Astoria scored a fourth run in the top of the third, leaving a hole for Scappoose to dig out of — something they'd done on multiple occasions this season.

In the bottom of the seventh, it seemed as though Scappoose might finally begin their rally. Owen Parsons doubled to center field, and Owen Fortney dropped a fly ball into center field to put runners on the corners. A sac fly from Blake Millar scored Parsons for the Indians' first run in six innings and Mante Woods baited Fisherman senior Kai Brown into a full count, but was caught out in left field to end the game.

Scappoose will get Astoria once more after Tuesday, completing the three-game season series in the final game before postseason play, on May 15 at home.

SUMMARY

Astoria 4, Scappoose 2

ASTO 031 000 0 — 4 5 2

SCAP 100 000 1 — 1 5 3

Runs-hits-RBIs: Ford 0-1-0, Patton 1-1-0, Parsons 1-2-0, Fortney 0-1-0, Millar 0-0-1

Pitching

Hits-strikeouts: Brown 5-5; Fortney 5-7

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