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4A Baseball: Scappoose shines in crunch time, blasts past Molalla

Scappoose scores all 13 runs in two-out rallies


JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose junior Owen Parsons cheers after teammate Steven Johnson's hit in the bottom of the third inning cleared the center field fence. Scappoose beat Molalla 13-2 on Friday, advancing to the semifinals for the first time since 2010.Maybe they were saving the good stuff for crunch time. Maybe they just wanted to add a little more drama — but all Molalla knows, is Scappoose simply cannot miss with two outs on the board.

Scappoose scored all 13 of their runs as part of two-out rallies in a 13-2 rout of Molalla on Friday night, spanking the visiting Indians for a trip to the Class 4A semifinals on Tuesday next week. Scappoose will travel to Gladstone, taking on the third-ranked Gladiators who took a 9-0 lead before cruising past North Marion 15-8 on Friday evening.

For Scappoose, no one was more in the zone than senior first baseman Steven Johnson, who had a three-run homer in the bottom of the third and finished with five RBIs.

“I was due,” he said of his first home run of the season. “I was ready for it, you know? I saw a pitch, took a swing on it and it left the yard.”

Scappoose took an early lead on RBIs from Blake Millar and Robby Backus, but Molalla, who started out the game with an aggressive approach to the plate, picked up a run in the top of the third inning.

Then came the three-runner from Johnson, followed by a big double from Millar to give Scappoose a 6-1 lead after three innings.

Johnson batted home two more tuns in the top of the fourth, and the defense came up with a top-shelf play from JD Wack to Backus at home plate in the top of the fifth to keep Molalla from scoring.

By the time the bottom of the fifth had rolled around, the game was all but over. Scappoose took an 11-1 lead before Owen Parsons cracked a homer over the center field fence to give Scappoose a 13-1 edge.

Molalla knocked one home in the top of the sixth, but it was all for naught. The Scappoose defense closed things with a flourish in the seventh, getting a double play from second base to first.

Tuesday will be the first time Scappoose has reached the semifinals since 2010, the year the Indians won the Class 4A state title. Gladstone has only been to the quarterfinals once in the last decade, a run which ended with an 8-7 loss to Henley in 2009.

SUMMARY

OSAA Quarterfinals

Scappoose 13, Molalla 2

MOL 001 001 0 — 2 8 0

SCAP 024 250 x 13 15 1

Runs-hits-RBIs: Ford 1-0-0, Patton 2-2-0, Reiman 0-1-0, Holmason 2-2-3, Parsons 2-1-2, Johnson 1-3-5, Fortney 2-2-0, Millar 1-2-2, Backus 0-1-1, Hering 1-1-0

HR: Parsons, Johnson

Pitching

Hits-strikeouts: W-Millar 6-2 (5), Nelson 2-0; Franco 8-2, Swain 7-5

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