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Baseball: Tribe wins league opener

Scappoose blows past Banks 11-4, moving to a league-best 7-3 on the season and jumping to the fifth spot in the power rankings


Scappoose got a pair of big games from seniors Hunter Hoyt and Anthony Bernal in their Cowapa League opener, netting three RBIs apiece as the fifth-ranked Indians (7-3, 1-0 Cowapa) blew past Banks 11-4 on Tuesday afternoon.

Banks (4-4, 0-1 Cowapa) took an early lead, getting a run in the second inning when Mykah Rosa stole home as Shane Spiring was picked off at second base, but the Indians had an answer in the top of the third.

Owen Fortney sent a fly ball to center field, allowing Justin Hering and Jake Ford to score. Bernal singled to right field, driving Fortney home, and Kyler Mizee scored on a steal of home plate to put Scappoose up 4-1 in a flash.

Scappoose found green once again in the top of the fourth. With a man on first and second, Hoyt cracked a line drive to left field pushing Ford around third base to score and put the Indians on top by five runs.

Scappoose held their lead through the fourth thanks to a pair of strikeouts from senior Will Sprute, but couldn't manage to get on base in the fifth, folding after three straight defensive plays by the Braves.

In the bottom of the fifth, Scappoose wouldn't get so lucky.

Banks put another two runners on base, tempting Sprute by trying to steal second and third. When David Schorn stepped up to the plate, the Braves saw their chance. Casey Mgough and Rosa dashed around third, scoring a pair to bring Banks to within two runs with just one out left in the bottom of the fifth. Schorn stole home to score on the last at-bat, bringing Banks to within a single run at 5-4.

From that point, Scappoose left the home team in the dust. Hoyt nailed a two RBI single in the top of the seventh, scoring Wade Nelson and Ford and pushing senior Lionel Sandoval to third. Hoyt stole second with Mizee at the plate, and scored with Sandoval on a two RBI double from Bernal.

Sprute stepped up in the bottom of the seventh, tossing seven strikes and retiring Schorn to close out the game and pick up the Indians' seventh win of the season.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 11, Banks 4

SCAP 004 102 4 – 11 11 1

BANK 100 030 0 – 4 6 1

Scappoose

Hits (11): Ford 2, Fortney 2, Hoyt 2, Mizee, Bernal 2, Johnson, Patton

RBIs (10): Fortney 2, Hoyt 3, Mizee 2, Bernal 3,

Runs (11): Ford 4, Fortney 2, Sandoval, Hoyt, Mizee, Hering, Nelson

Banks

Hits (6): Rosa 2, Spiring 2, McClean, Marie

RBIs (0):

Runs (4): Rosa 2, Schorn, Mgough

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