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South Umpqua baseball upsets No. 8 Scappoose in Class 4A state play-in round

Defending champion Indians led 4-2 in third inning


     -      The Class 4A defending state champion Indians led 4-2 midway through three innings of play-in action on Thursday in Myrtle Creek, but No. 22 South Umpqua scored the final four runs in a 6-4 upset.

The Far West League runner-up Lancers (16-11 overall) scored three runs in the third and an insurance run in the fifth.

Owen Parsons drove in two runs for the eighth-ranked Indians (15-9).

"We started the game great, but then we had nerves and they scored two unearned runs [in the bottom of the first]. We went kind of flat and our bats went dead, but our baserunners did well."

Gus Nelson threw six innings for six hits and and retired five Lancers.

Junior third baseman Cody Gray and senior outfielder Tristin Gross both landed a run for South Umpqua.

Junior Bailey Johnson pitched six innings for four hits and four strikeouts. Gray went the final inning and fanned one.

The Lancers, who score seven runs against 4.4 given up and chase their third state championship since their Class AA titles in 1973 and 1979, advance to Wednesday's first round.

The Indians came up fourth in the Cowapa League after scoring a Class 4A fifth-best eight runs against 5.7 allowed per game.

Scappoose features wins over third-ranked Valley Catholic and Class 3A No. 1 Rainier.

Parsons, Nelson and JD Wack graduate this spring.

"It was a great season," Parsons said. "We made the Ontario trip, and we got to play with younger kids we hadn't played with before."

The Indians won the A-2 state championship in 1968, the Class AA title in 1982 and Class 4A trophies in 2010 and 2015.

South Umpqua 6, Scappoose 4

S 301 000 0 -- 4 4 5

SU 203 010 x -- 6 6 1

RBIs -- S: Owen Parsons 2; SU: Tristin Gross, Cody Gray