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Baseball: Indians win first leg from Yamhill-Carlton

Scappoose picks up a 2-0 win over the visiting Tigers, and will travel to Yamhill for the second leg on Wednesday at 5 p.m.


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Senior Will Sprute pitched all seven innings on Tuesday, helping to shut out Yamhill-Carlton in the home leg of their two-game series.The Indians have been on the wrong side of more than a handful of close games this season, losing by two at No. 1 North Marion and falling by one run each to La Grande and Baker. On Tuesday, thanks to a fantastic outing from senior ace Will Sprute, all of that changed.

Sprute allowed just three hits, striking out five batters without a walk to beat Yamhill-Carlton 2-0, moving the Indians to 2-1 in Cowapa League play. And for the first time this season, it was Scappoose that walked away with a nail-biting victory, winning a pitchers dual for their fourth shutout of the year.

Sophomore leadoff hitter Michael Mitchell was the first of the three hits from Sprute, singling to center field just one strike away from retiring empty handed. The Tigers didn't get another base hit for the next four innings, as Sprute picked up four of his strikeouts before sophomores Braden Martin and Cody Stokes singled in the fifth inning.

On offense, Scappoose had to grind for every inch. Hunter Hoyt was walked in the first inning, but he was the only Indian to reach first base until the bottom of the third, when Tiger pitcher Tanner Myrick walked Blake Millar and later Jake Ford.

Their first base-hit finally came in the bottom of the fourth, on the bat of Hoyt. Kyler Mizee and Anthony Bernal loaded the bases, bringing Sprute to the plate, where he was walked to score Hoyt and break the four-inning stalemate.

On the next at-bat, senior Robby Backus looked as though he'd picked up the first RBI of the contest, hitting a grounder out to short stop. However, the Tigers were too quick, pouncing on Backus at first base and throwing home to tag an advancing Mizee for the double play. Blake Millar's foul ball was caught to end the inning in a flash, but the Indians got back on board in the bottom of the fifth.

With two outs and a runner on first, it was Hoyt's turn to swing. Wyatt Patton, tempting the Tiger's replacement pitcher from first base, must have thrown off Mitchell's rhythm. He was safe on the first pickoff attempt, leaping to second base on the next try before Mitchell could throw a single pitch to Hoyt. The senior took full advantage of Mitchell's distraction, sending a line drive deep into center field to score Patton, and give the Indians a 2-0 lead.

The Indians knocked on the door once again in the sixth, pushing Sprute to third base with one out, but Mitchell finally came up with another strikeout, and the Tiger defense delivered moments later nabbing a grounder from Wade Nelson to shut down any further Indian threat.

Hoyt, who score the Indians' lone true RBI, led with two hits in two trips to the plate.

It is tied for the lowest total scoring outing for Scappoose this season. Only Tillamook has scored more runs per contest than Scappoose among Cowapa League teams, besting the Indians by 6.75 runs to 6.46.

Scappoose will finish off the early season series with Yamhill-Carlton on Wednesday afternoon, traveling to meet the Tigers at 5 p.m.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 2, Yamhill-Carlton 0

Scappoose High School

YMHL 000 000 0 – 0 3 0

SCAP 000 110 x – 2 7 0

Yamhill-Carlton

Hits (3): Mitchell, Martin, Stokes

Scappoose

Hits (7): Patton, Hoyt 2, Mizee, Bernal, Sprute, Backus

RBIs (2): Hoyt, Sprute

Runs (2): Patton, Hoyt