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Softball Playoffs: Indians set to take on Junction City in play-ins

Scappoose will host the Junction City Tigers in the play-in round with a chance to see the OSAA 16-team bracket


The state play-in opponent for the Scappoose Indians is set: the Tribe will host Junction City (11-9, 9-6 Sky-Em) on Thursday, May 22 at 5 p.m. in a game that will decide who moves on to the OSAA 16-team championship bracket.

In the end, playing against the top two teams in Class 4A - No. 1 Yamhill-Carlton and No. 2 Banks - were probably a major boost. The Indians finished the season with a dominant pair of wins over Astoria and wrapped up the ninth spot in the power rankings, securing a wild-card berth to host in the play-in round as the second-highest ranked team to finish third in their respective league.

The season could hardly have finished on a better note. The Indians blew the doors off of Astoria in the final two games, solidifying their place in the postseason.

The Tigers of Junction City finished their league season on an upswing as well, winning five of their final six games to hold off Cottage Grove for the third seed in the Sky-Em league. They won only once in games against teams ranked in the top-10, a victory over Sweet Home in the season finale.

The Tigers averaged just over seven and a half runs a game, compared to nearly nine for Scappoose. The Indians also give up one less run per contest, averaging just over four scores per outing.

As the game is a playoff game, there will be a charge for entry: $6 for adults, and $4 for students. A victory would put Scappoose into the first round of the OSAA playoffs, likely against No. 8 Newport in the first round on the road, if Ridgeview wins their game against North Valley. Should Ridgeview lose and Scappoose get the win over Junction City, the Indians would host South Umpqua in the first round.

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