Scappoose falls 10-2 to Gladstone in the championship game

A fantastic summer league baseball season finally came to a close for Scappoose on July 27, falling in the championship game of the Junior State Division I tournament to Gladstone by a score of 10-2.

It seemed, given their pair of regular season showdowns, that the Indians and Glads were destined for a meeting in the final. Scappoose won a barn burner, beating Gladstone 15-14 earlier in the season, but Gladstone got their revenge with a 5-2 victory.

Getting to the title game, though, took some doing.

Bend jumped on the Indians early in the first game of the tournament, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Hunter Holmason singled to left field with Robby Backus waiting on third base, batting Backus home and scoring Scappoose their first run of the game in the bottom of the second.

Bend responded by re-asserting their lead in the top of the third before Blake Millar struck out his first batter of the contest.

In the fourth, Scappoose finally found a rhythm. Owen Fortney's grounder was easily scooped up by the shortstop for an out at first base, but Steven Johnson was able to dash home, bringing the Indians within two runs. Backus scored on Holmason's double to center field, and with Holmason on third base and Justin Hering on first after a walk, the Indians made their move.

Hering moved to steal second, and in Bend's attempt to catch him, the ball went over the second baseman's head. Holmason and Hering each scored, giving Scappoose their first lead.

Bend scored two more in the top of the seventh, but Johnson leapt on a mishandled grounder at shortstop to reach first base, allowing Jake Ford to score and pull Scappoose even. Two errors in the bottom of the eighth put a man on first and third, and Millar was walked, loading the bases with one out.

With Ford at the plate, the Bend pitcher missed the mark, allowing Fortney to race home and seal the walk-off win for Scappoose.

The thrill of victory must have held over, as Scappoose slammed Crescent Valley 12-1 in the next outing. The Tribe put up three runs in the first inning, one in the second and four runs each in the fourth and sixth innings, overcoming five errors to reach the tournament semifinals.

The Indians struggled in the early going with Corvallis as well, but overcame a 7-4 deficit to win 10-4. At the last second, the Indians finally found the bats from their trouncing of Crescent Valley and Scappoose rolled late in the game, scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ford, Will Patton, Owen Parsons, Johnson, Backus and Holmason each knocked in a run with two outs in the inning, scoring six times without an error and having stolen just once.

The Indians' magic run ended abruptly once Gladstone stepped on the field for the fourth inning of the championship game. Thus far, Scappoose had kept up with the Gladiators through three innings, trailing by only a 3-2 margin.

From that point forward, Gladstone was nearly perfect. Scappoose earned only one base hit, a single from Logan Ross in the bottom of the fourth, through the rest of the game. The Indians' pitchers struggled to slow Gladstone, giving up 14 hits and five walks.

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