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Baseball: Indians escape, beat Seaside 2-1

Scappoose scores two runs off a walk and a HBP in the bottom of the fifth to beat Seaside


In an unexpected chess match with Seaside in the penultimate league contest of the year, the Indians reached check mate first, defeating the visiting Seagulls 2-1 to set up a showdown with Astoria in the final meeting of the regular season.

The 'Gulls took a lead in the top of the first inning after Hunter Hoyt loaded the bases by hitting three of four batters, and a sacrifice bunt from senior Danny Leary batted home fellow senior Aaron Tadei.

From that point and through the next three innings, it was a stalemate. The Gulls picked up a walk in the top of the third and Scappoose got their second hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth, but things finally began to roll as the game reached the fifth inning.

Hoyt pushed Seaside to the brink with the Indians' second out in the top of the fifth, but a walk, a hit batter and a single from Kevin LaCoste had the bases loaded in a hurry with the Gulls clinging to a 1-0 lead on the top team in the Cowapa League.

Sam Margheim put an end to the rally, getting under a fly ball to right field, giving the Indians a chance to respond.

And after five innings of lights-out play by the Seaside pitching staff, the Gulls started to show some cracks. Scappoose quickly loaded the bases, and four straight balls from LaCoste walked Patton, allowing Anthony Bernal to trot home for the tie. On the next at-bat, Hoyt was hit by a pitch to push the senior on base, walking home Wade Nelson and giving the Indians a 2-1 lead.

Seaside got a heads-up play on a grounder from Kyler Mizee to tag Jake Ford out at home and Will Sprute's foul ball was caught to end the inning, but for Seaside, the damage had already been done.

The Gulls got a hit each in the sixth and seventh innings, but with two outs in the bottom of the final frame, the Indians were able to catch LaCoste as he attempted to steal second, escaping with the narrow one-run victory.

Scappoose will face Astoria, who blasted Tillamook 11-1 on Thursday, for the Cowapa League crown tonight at 5 p.m. at Astoria High School.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 2, Seaside 1

Scappoose High School

SEAS 100 000 0 – 1 3 1

SCAP 000 020 x – 2 4 0

Scappoose

Hits (4): Ford, Patton, Margheim, Johnson

RBIs (2): Patton, Hoyt

Runs (2): Bernal, Nelson

Win: Hoyt (7 IP, 3 hits, two walks, seven strikeouts)