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Tribe summer baseball on bubble for playoffs

In a strangely poetic way, Scappoose's summer league baseball squad will once again have to run through Gladstone in order to advance in the postseason.

This time, though, they'll have to win in order to guarantee a spot in the playoffs altogether. Instead of a team at their peak, the summer Indians are on the bubble.

But according to head coach Robert Medley, winning isn't entirely the motivation during the summer months.

“Our focus is getting kids playing baseball, get kids opportunities to play, and really that's it,” Medley said on Wednesday as Scappoose fell at home to Rex Putnam. “We'd like to win some games and give our pitchers the opportunity to work and get better and give kids the opportunity to see some pitches.”

With the talented senior class already out the door and a handful of experienced names missing from Wednesday's game, Scappoose found it difficult to slow the hitting from the Kingsmen and were out-slugged before the contest had reached seven innings. Scappoose got off to a solid start, taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Putnam roared back and eventually put Scappoose away.

Scappoose's regular summer schedule, which began shortly after the spring season concluded with the 4A state title game against Henley, will conclude on Friday at Gladstone. Medley said the team would know their playoff future — or lack thereof — by early next week.