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Baseball: Scappoose sweeps Seaside, eyes showdown with Astoria

Scappoose now 1st in Cowapa League standings


JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose junior Wyatt Patton had had two hits, two RBIs and three runs for Scappoose in a pair of wins over Seaside on Tuesday and Wednesday.From head baseball coach Robert Medley's initial reaction to Wednesday's result, you'd likely have thought the Indians dropped a tough game, or at least overcome mistakes and pulled out a close victory.

They didn't. In fact, the final score wasn't ever really in question.

Scappoose was slow, but steady on offense and solid defensively, topping Seaside 9-1 for their second win over the 'Gulls in as many days.

The win moves Scappoose to 8-0 in Cowapa League play. With a loss from Astoria on Wednesday evening, the Indians assume sole possession of first place in the league standings.

Medley chalked up his reaction to high standards — appropriate, he said, for a team with the potential shown by Scappoose thus far.

“We're 8-0, and that's great, but sometimes 8-0 doesn't mean you're playing your best ball, even though you're playing against teams I think are still good baseball teams,” Medley said. “We have high standards. Our kids have high standards; our coaches have high standards. For us to walk away from a game at 9-1 … yes, I definitely believe our kids deserved to win the ball game, there's no question about that, but we still have a high celling. There's still a long way to go.”

A nine-game winning streak might have been broken by a loss to Newport on Saturday, but Scappoose has still won 11 of their last 12 games, and is ranked ninth in Class 4A heading into a big showdown on Friday afternoon.

Astoria — with whom Scappoose has split the last four league championships — finally tripped up in league play, but they do present a formidable challenge. The Fishermen are the best in Class 4A in defensive statistics, having allowed just 58 runs in 16 games. They also “put pressure” on opposing defenses, according to Medley, and wait for a mistake.

But in spite of the impending showdown, Medley said things in practice aren't likely to change — in fact, the team still hasn't really talked about Astoria.

“It's another game against a good team,” Medley said. “They're a good baseball team. They always are a good baseball team, and so we're excited about the opportunity to play a baseball game.”

Medley said holding on to their undefeated league record isn't exactly a goal for the team, and that the only way it would put pressure on the team is if they allowed the situation to get to them.

For now, the focus isn't so much on Astoria, but rather on continuing to get better with every game. Medley said the team “played well enough to win the game” against Seaside, but that Scappoose was far from peaking.

“If you're one of those teams that's hot right now, you're going to be in trouble come playoff time,” he said. “We'll get better. We'll get better tomorrow at practice. We want to come out better on Friday and the rest of the way out.”

Though he sees plenty of ways the Indians can improve their performances, the recent blowout results have allowed Scappoose to display their depth and versatility. The Indians used five different pitchers in the series with Seaside, and saw 16 different players either score a run, get a base hit, or bat home a score against the Seagulls.

Hunter Holmason had a solid series, finishing with four hits, four RBIs and four runs. Wyatt Patton had two hits, two RBIs and three runs for Scappoose, who seems to be taking the same next-opponent approach displayed by the basketball program during their state title run in late February and early March.

“We want to play well on Friday, better the following Tuesday (and) better the following Wednesday,” Medley said. “We just want to get better every game. Our kids are certainly excited about the opportunity to play anybody in our league. Friday night's going to be a big game.”

SUMMARIES

Scappoose 9, Seaside 1

SEAS 100 000 0 — 1 7 3

SCAP 303 003 x — 9 8 1

Runs-hits-RBIs: Ford 2-1-0, Patton 2-1-0, Holmason 2-3-3, Backus 1-0-0, Johnson 0-0-2, Parsons 0-1-2, Nelson 1-1-0, Hering 0-1-0, Margheim 1-0-0

Pitching

Hits-strikeouts: W-Nelson 6-6, Patton 1-2; Walsh 7-2, Wallis 1-1

Scappoose 11, Seaside 1

SCAP 213 202 1 — 11 14 0

SEAS 000 001 0 1 4 1

Runs-hits-RBIs: Ford 0-1-1, Patton 1-1-2, Nelson 1-0-0, Holmason 1-1-1, Backus 0-1-0, Johnson 1-1-0, Porter 1-1-0, Parsons 2-2-0, Mizee 0-1-1, Fortney 0-1-2, Ruiz 1-0-0, Hering 2-1-0, Woods 0-1-2, Wack 1-2-1

Pitching

Hits-strikeouts: W-Fortney 1-2 (4), Johnson 3-4, Wack 0-3; L-Bassett 7-1, Pampin 7-1

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