A big rally in the first inning sets Scappoose on cruise
The Molalla Indians had one brief moment of glory. Senior Devon Schaefer garnered his only hit on Friday evening, sending the pitch toward second base to score Reed Aylett in the top of the first.
The rest of the way? Nothing.
Scappoose (8-4, 1-1 Cowapa) responded with 11 straight runs to top Molalla 11-1 in five innings, led by two RBIs each from Kyler Mizee and Wade Nelson.
Molalla starter Nick Hopkins barely broke a sweat on the mound before being pulled in favor of Aylett, who closed out the game with a single strike and a single walk in the remaining 3.2 innings. But by the time Aylett took the mound, the teams were long past the point of trading runs.
Jake Ford, Wyatt Patton and Hunter Hoyt all leapt on base, with Ford jogging home after Mizee was hit by a pitch. Patton scored on a wild pitch a few moments later, and by the time senior Will Sprute had batted Hoyt home and Blake Millar's sacrifice fly brought Mizee in to score, the Molalla coaching staff had seen enough.
The visiting Indians tried something different to give Scappoose a new look, but nothing seemed to work. Junior Justin Hering got under Aylett's first pitch, sending it deep in to left field. Michael Pingel hit his first pitch as well, sacrificing to move Sprute and Hering down the line, and Nelson's double to center field after three balls put the home nine up five with still an out left in the bottom of the first.
After a quick three-up three-down stint in the top of the second, Scappoose let loose another offensive barrage in the bottom of the period. Mizee sent a ball in to center field, driving Hoyt around third and back to home plate to re-start the Tribe's engines. Hering drove home Mizee, Pingel's RBI single scored Sprute, and some fireworks from Hering – stealing both third and home – closed out the second inning's scoring.
Scappoose put up another in the bottom of the third, a sacrifice fly to score Patton after the junior tripled to start the inning, but the Tribe managed only one base hit in the fourth, allowing Molalla to reach twice in the top of the fifth before Mizee caught a deep fly ball in left field to complete the rout.
Junior pitcher Blake Millar pitched all five innings for Scappoose, giving up four hits, walking two and striking out one batter.
Scappoose will be back in action on Tuesday, April 15 against Yamhill-Carlton (2-7, 1-1 Cowapa) at 5 p.m. to continue their Cowapa League schedule.
Scappoose 11, Molalla 1
Scappoose High School
MOLA 100 00 – 1 4 0
SCAP 641 0X – 11 12 1
Hits (4): Aylett 2, Schaefer, Franco
RBIs (1): Schaefer
Runs (1): Aylett
Hits (12): Ford, Patton, Hoyt 2, Mizee, Sprute 2, Hering 2, Pingel 2, Nelson
RBIs (9): Parsons, Mizee 2, Sprute, Millar, Hering, Pingel, Nelson 2
Runs (11): Ford, Patton 2, Hoyt 2, Mizee 2, Sprute 2, Hering 2