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No. 2 Banks, No. 3 Valley Catholic swing past Scappoose baseball

Eighth-ranked Indians play at Tillamook on Wednesday, host Seaside at 5 p.m. in regular season finale on Friday


     -     Gunnar Partain’s two-run homer helped second-ranked Banks sweep the No. 6 defending state champions on Friday, May 6, in Scappoose.

The sophomore’s sixth-inning shot put an end to the Indians’ comeback in a 12-4 win.

“We started off strong but we started coasting,” Partain said. “But we started coming together as a team, and balls started falling.”

The league-leading Braves outhit Scappoose at a 22-7 clip.

Junior Trevor Thiessen’s double to center scored Partain and junior Casey McGough for a 2-0 lead after an inning.

McGough singled in senior Logan St. Marie, Thiessen singled in junior Justin Bral and Partain, and the Braves led 5-0 after two.

JC Gross’s two-out double in the Indians third, however, scored Gus Nelson, Owen Parsons singled in Gross, and Jhamante Woods doubled in Parsons to trim the deficit to 5-3.

Woods’ two-out single in the fifth scored Hunter Holmason and pulled Scappoose to within one at 5-4.

Partain’s homer to left-center in the sixth brought Bral around, freshman Dakota Bunn singled in sophomore Blain Herb, and St. Marie’s three-run homer broke the game open at 11-4.

Senior Donny McClean’s sac fly scored Partain in the seventh.

The Indians had won five of the previous six contests entering this season.

“When we beat Scappoose, the kids said they hadn’t beaten them in who knows how long,” second-year Braves coach Bob Smith said. “They scored four, and we answered.”

Banks sophomore Dalton Renne seven-hit the Indians and struck out 11 in a complete effort.

JD Wack threw 5.2 innings and Parsons went 1.1.

“We’ve got to be better next week, and I think we will be,” Scappoose coach Robert Medley said. “We’re a young team, and we have to keep working.”

The Indians fell 16-6 to visiting No. 3 Valley Catholic, which claimed its sixth win in a row, on Tuesday.

Scappoose beat the Valiants by an 8-2 score at home on April 19, fell 9-8 in walk-off fashion on April 21 in Beaverton and has still won five of the last eight meetings.

The Indians (14-8, 7-7) earned their first sweep of the season in Tillamook (3-21, 1-13) on Wednesday.

Scappoose beat the Cheesemakers 9-0 on the road on April 26 and 10-0 at home on April 27, and have won the last nine games in the series.

The Indians can also sweep Seaside, which they beat 15-1 at home on May 2 and defeated 10-9 on the road on May 3, in the regular-season finale at 5 p.m. on Friday in Scappoose.

Scappoose has taken the last eight meetings.

The Class 4A state tournament, for which the Indians have qualified in both of the last two seasons, is set to begin on May 25.

Scappoose won last year’s state championship, its fourth in school history and its second since 2010.

Banks 14, Scappoose 2

B 230 006 1 — 12 22 3

S 003 010 0 — 4 7 1

RBIs — B: Logan St. Marie 3, Gunnar Partain 2, Trevor Thiessen 2, Donny McClean 2, Casey McGough, Dakota Bunn; S: Jhamante Woods 2