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Baseball: Indians pull away from Clatskanie

Scappoose allows only three runs on 11 hits by the Tigers, beating Clatskanie 6-3 on the road


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Senior pitcher Will Sprute struck out five batters and walked one, allowing four hits in the victory for Scappoose.To say that the Indians flirted with disaster on Wednesday evening in Clatskanie might be a bit of a euphemism. Twice, the Tribe managed to load the bases and twice was able to walk away having given up just one run each time, surviving 11 hits but making no errors to top the Tigers 6-3 and move to 4-3 on the season.

Senior Hunter Hoyt's RBI double got things started in a big way in the top of the first. Sam Margheim led off, followed by junior Owen Fortney and after getting on base, the pair stole second and third before Hoyt had seen his first pitch. Taking advantage of a flustered German George, the Clatskanie pitcher, Hoyt took a strike before knocking the ball deep into left field to drive home the first two runs and put Scappoose up a deuce.

Hoyt and Anthony Bernal stole third and second respectively a few minutes later and threatened to get the game off in style, but George responded to strike out a pair of batters, ending the Indian run.

The Tigers got their first chance in the fourth inning. The top of the frame hadn't gone well for the Tribe batters, who connected with a pitch in every at bat, but were grounded out on all three occasions. Now, it was Clatskanie's chance to answer, and answer they did. Freshman Job Karber singled to left field, followed by a double to right field from junior Nick Donaldson. The Tigers got junior Micah McLeod on base from a walk, and a single from Damien Strowger, the big junior first baseman, scored their first run of the game.

This time, senior pitcher Will Sprute would be the savior, striking out two straight batters and nabbing up a grounder to end the inning and breathe a huge sigh of relief.

In the top of the fifth, Scappoose knocked on the door once again. With two outs and two strikes, senior Kyler Mizee kept things alive, doubling to left field and driving home Margheim to put the Indians up 3-1. Bernal doubled on the next at-bat to score Mizee, and it looked like the Indians might – just might – have enough of a lead to survive.

Clatskanie had other ideas. Fortney stepped in to relieve Sprute, but it was the same tune the Indians had heard a few innings prior. Three quick singles loaded the bases with just one out and Scappoose clinging to a 4-1 lead. A few seconds later, it looked like the Indians would have an easy second out as Jake Ford corralled a deep fly ball in right field, but some miscommunication in the infield left home plate wide open. Junior Colten Puzey was able to sneak past Bernal at the plate and score, but it was too late for the Tigers.

Margheim singled once again in the sixth inning, driving home Blake Millar and pushing junior Wyatt Patton to third. Another error at second base opened the door for Patton, who had already stole second with Margheim up to bat, to sneak home and close the scoring for Scappoose.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 6, Clatskanie 3

SCAP 200 022 0 – 6 11 0

CLAT 000 111 0 – 3 11 0

Scappoose

Hits (11): Margheim 3, Fortney, Hoyt, Mizee 2, Bernal 2, Millar, Patton

RBIs (5): Margheim, Hoyt 2, Mizee, Bernal

Runs (6): Margheim 2, Fortney, Mizee, Millar