Indians coming up with wins, but is it too late for play-in?

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Steven Johnson hauls in an out, just ahead of Banks Graysen Partain reaching base.Scappoose coach Robert Medley was fretting on Tuesday, trying to figure out whether the Indians were at least going to make the play-in round of the state tournament.

In the previous six days, the Tribe posted three Cowapa League wins, but were still a game behind Tillamook and didn’t hold the tie-breaker.

With the way the 4A playoffs work, 20th -ranked Scappoose could lose out to a lower-ranked team that finished third in their league.

Still, Medley was happy with the way the team has been playing.

“We’re young and young teams play better as the season goes on,” Medley said. “The kids are playing pretty good baseball right now. It would be a shame if we didn’t make the playoffs.”

After two losses to league-leader Astoria at the end of April, Scappoose began a three-game win streak, downing Banks, Yamhill-Carlton, and Tillamook. They were at Seaside on Thursday and finish up the league season hosting Astoria on Friday.

The Indians started the win skein with a 6-3 victory over Banks. The Indians scored two runs in first inning with a walk to Sam Margheim, Hunter Hoyt being hit by a pitch, a walk to Will Sprute, and then a run on an error. Kyle Durvin’s single drove in Hoyt.

The remaining four Scappoose runs came in the third. Sprute led off with a walk, and Steven Johnson followed with a single. Kyle Durvin’s single loaded the bases. Anthony Bernal drove in a run with aby: JOHN BREWINGTON - Will Sprute was the winning pitcher in two of the three Scappoose wins. single, Sam Padgett reached base on an error that scored another, and two more went home on errors that put Robby Backus and Justin Hering on base.

Banks got a run in the first and their last two in the fifth. Sprute went the distance for Scappoose giving up just two hits, fanning five, and walking just one.

Last Friday the Indians scored all nine of their runs in the first inning and held off a late charge by YC. The first included: two walks; a hit batter; singles by Durvin, Bernal, Owen Fortney, and Hunter Hoyt; and three errors. Scappoose sent 12 batters to the plate.

Durvin handled all the pitching chores for Scappoose. He walked just four, but had three consecutive walks in the three-run sixth. He gave up only four hits.

The most impressive win for Scappoose was their 8-2 victory over Tillamook on Monday. The Tribe went into the game trailing the ‘Mooks by two games, but the win pulled them within one.

The Indians took an early lead and were never challenged by Tillamook. The first two runs came when three batters reached base on errors. Johnson then smacked a bases-loaded single to send two home. In the second, Hering singled, stole second and went home on a triple by Hoyt. In the third, Johnson got another RBI with a home run. Bernal later doubled and scored on an error. Hoyt singled and Sprute reached base on an error in the fourth. They would later score on a sac fly and another error. The last run came in the fifth. Margheim would double, advance on an error and score on a single by Sprute.

Sprute again pitched for the Tribe, giving up five hits, walking four, and striking out seven.

The Indians won’t know until late Monday night if they make the play-in round.

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