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No. 7 Banks baseball stymies fifth-ranked Scappoose

Braves, Tribe face off again at 5 p.m. on Friday in Scappoose

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior Gus Nelson pitched six innings and struck out three in Tuesday's 7-2 loss at Banks.The hometown Braves got the better of defending state champion Scappoose in the first game of a Cowapa League home-and-away on Tuesday.

Banks held the Indians to a single run in the first and seventh on four hits for a 7-2 win.

Owen Parsons drove in both runs for Scappoose (8-3 overall, 1-2 Cowapa Legue).

Gus Nelson pitched six innings and struck out three.

Senior David Schorn went six innings for the Braves (9-3, 3-0) and struck out six.

The Indians, who have nonetheless taken six of the last eight contests in the series, are scheduled to host Banks at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Scappoose scores 7.7 runs per contest and allows 4.7, while the Braves, winners of six in a row, bring 8.75 runs across and give up 3.3, the second-best defense in the state to No. 4 Valley Catholic, No. 10 Astoria and No. 14 Baker.

Parsons and Scappoose did, however, score three runs in the first and five in the second to torch Clatskanie 12-0 on the road on Friday, April 8.

Parsons led the Indians (8-2) with three RBIs, and Ross Parsons and JC Gross had another each.

JD Wack pitched all five innings and struck out four.

“I really like our kids,” Scappoose coach Robert Medley said. “We’ve got a great group of kids.”

Senior Cole Warren fanned 10 Indians batters in four innings for the Tigers (4-6), but Scappoose landed 10 hits in all.

As is usually the case, eighth-ranked co-defending league champion Astoria got even in Scappoose’s home opener on Thursday, April 7.

The Fishermen scored four runs in the seventh and won 11-5, their seventh triumph in Scappoose in as many tries.

“It’s crazy — It’s probably been three or four years since we won a home game [against the Fishermen],” Medley said. “We didn’t hit well across the line, top to bottom, and we didn’t take care of situations.”

The Indians (7-2, 1-1) beat the Fishermen (5-5, 1-1) two days earlier, 4-2, at Ernie Aiken Field in Astoria.

Jhamante Woods came up with three hits, a first-inning RBI, a run on Ben Teeter’s groundout in the sixth and a grounder that scored Hunter Holmason in the seventh.

“Their first pitcher wasn’t as fast, but he hit his spots,” said Woods, a sophomore third baseman. “We didn’t come out swinging. Their closer [junior lefty pitcher/outfielder Tyler Lyngstad] throws a hard curveball.”

Kyler Alioth struck out two Fishermen in 5.1 innings.

Astoria only outhit Scappoose 11-6, but the Indians committed four errors to the Fishermen’s one.

“If we’d laid down bunts, it would have been a completely different game,” Woods said. “Alioth pitched real well, and so did JC Gross as a sophomore.”

Holmason singled to load the bases with two outs in the second, but the Indians could not cash in.

Astoria senior and returning all-state first-team outfielder Carter Wallace walked to load the bases before the first out in the third, junior Samboy Tuimato walked in junior Fridtjof Fremstad, senior Ryker Helmerson’s sac fly scored junior Olaf Englund and the Fishermen led 4-1 before Scappoose turned a double play.

Fremstad slapped a one-out single down the third-base line and scored juniors Kyle Strange and Cade O’Brien, and Astoria led 7-1 in the sixth.

Sophomore Trey Hageman and junior Jackson Arnsdorf scored on a high Scappoose throw to first off of a bunt to left.

O’Brien came in on a passed ball and Helmerson’s single plated Fremstad.

The Indians have split the last eight meetings with the Fishermen, with whom they shared the league title last season on the way to Scappoose’s second state championship since 2010.

The Indians, Astoria and top-ranked Henley have all won two of the last seven Class 4A titles.

Astoria 11, Scappoose 5

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S 100 001 3 — 5 6 4

Scappoose 12,

Clatskanie 0

S 351 03 — 12 10 2

C 000 00 — 0 2 6

Banks 7, Scappoose 2

S 100 000 1 — 2 4 0

B 001 123 x — 7 13 0