The Rangers will travel to La Grande on Wednesday for their first round playoff game.

ESTACADA NEWS: MATT RAWLINGS - Wyatt Riedel clenches his fists in celebration after getting the final out in Estacada's 5-4 win over Scappoose.

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SCAPPOOSE — Senior leadership has proved to be crucial for Estacada this season and Friday's play-in game with Scappoose was no different.

Brandon Thornhill was 2-for-4 with two RBI — including the go-ahead RBI in the top of the fifth — and Wyatt Riedel threw a complete-game on the hill as Estacada defeated Scappoose 5-4 to advance to the state playoffs.

"When all the seniors got together last night, we talked about how much we wanted this and we came out here and showed it," Thornhill said.

Estacada was able to manufacture a run in the first and second innings to take the early 2-0 lead. Kayden Settle led off the game with a single to right field. He got to second on a groundout and then stole third base moments later. Jared Weaver then came through with a RBI-infield single to get the Rangers on the board.

Mateo Burgos started the threat for Estacada in the top of the second with a one-out single to right field, then proceeded to steal second and third base to get himself 90 feet away from putting another run on the board. After a walk by Dan Hunt, Scappoose starting pitcher Logan Travis looked like he was going to get out of trouble when Thornhill hit a hard ground ball to short on what could have been a tailor-made 6-4-3 double play.

But Scappoose second baseman Jordan Buchanan dropped the throw from shortstop J.C. Gross while trying to make a quick transition. Burgos scored on the error and Estacada took a 2-0 lead.

However, the Indians responded at the plate with resilience in the bottom half of the frame.

Scappoose started their rally when Quincey Cleveland hit a two-out single up the middle. Terrence Lewis followed that up by reaching across the dish and driving a Riedel outside fastball well out of the park for a two-run homer.

"I knew it was a blast when I hit it," Lewis said. "I felt like that got our team back in the game."

But the Indians weren't done yet. After Ben Anicker drew a free pass, Jerad Toman reached on an error by Burgos at shortstop to extend the inning. Gross would make the Rangers pay for the miscue with a two-run single to left field, putting Scappoose up 4-2.

While the Indians had a two-run cushion, it became apparent that Travis began to lose his command in the top of the fourth.

Look for extended coverage in the May 24 print edition.

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