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No. 17 Scappoose baseball heading to 11th-ranked Newport for Class 4A play-in

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Indians beat Cubs 15-9 in first round on the way to state championship two years ago

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior Derek Badger and the No. 17 Indians will try to keep their postseason alive in their Class 4A state play-in game at 11th-ranked Newport on Thursday at Frank Wade Field.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior Hunter Holmason and the No. 17 Indians hope to batter 11th-ranked Newport in their Class 4A state play-in game on Thursday.The No. 17 Indians beat 11th-ranked Newport 15-9 in the first Class 4A round on the way to their fourth state championship two years ago, and the Cubs will sniff the playoffs for the first time since then on Thursday.

Scappoose (13-10 overall) will venture 152 miles southwest to Newport (16-7) for a 4 p.m. game at Frank Wade Field, the very place where last they met.

"Newport is a lot like us," Tribe coach Mike Reed said. "They have good games and bad ones. I think of all the play-in matchups, this has the potential to be the best game. Both schools have a long history against each other, and we are very excited to play them today."

The Indians, in at least the play-in round for the fourth year in a row, score eight runs against seven per game while Newport puts up seven and gives up four.

Nicky Gill leads with a .475 batting average, five doubles, six home runs, 32 runs batted in and 20 scores, and Hunter Holmason (.472, six doubles, three triples, two home runs, 25 RBIs and 26 scores) and JC Gross (.343, three doubles, 15 RBIs and 16 scores) follow.

Gross is also a pitching ace with a 6-2 record, two complete games, a shutout and a 2.08 earned run average in 11 appearances.

Thursday's winner will find itself in a first-round game at a time and place to be determined on May 24.

No. 1 Hidden Valley (21-3) is the favorite, though Henley (20-6) has won three of the last four championships.

In the meantime, Scappoose (7-8 Cowapa League) could not complete a season sweep at Seaside (7-15, 4-11 Cowapa League) in a 10-5 loss on Saturday, May 13, at Broadway Field, and its Seven-Mile War in St. Helens was canceled due to rain on Tuesday.

The Seagulls jumped out with six first-inning runs and, though the Tribe brought home two runners in the third and three more in the fifth, the rally was not to be.

Gross drove in two runs, Holmason scored twice and landed an RBI, and Derek Badger crossed home plate twice.

Quinn Searle pitched three innings for one of three runs earned, two hits and struck out three, Ben Anicker went 2 2/3 for an unearned run, three hits, a walk and two strikeouts, and Logan Travis threw 1/3 of the first for five of six runs earned, five hits, a walk and a strikeout.

Class 4A state play-in round

Who: No. 17 Scappoose and 11th-ranked Newport

Where: Frank Wade Field in Newport

When: 4 p.m. Thursday

Leading off: The winner will reach the first round of state on May 24

Seaside 10, Scappoose 5

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

SCAP 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 -- 5 9 4

SEA 6 0 1 2 1 0 x -- 10 10 0