Baseball: Scappoose hosts Cowapa League's Valley Catholic for play-in round
Indians and Valiants will tangle at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22
Scappoose is set to take on a team they've come to know fairly well over the last season, as they've matched up with Valley Catholic three times and polished off the Valiants on each occasion.
With the season sweep in mind, Tribe head coach Robert Medley had a stark warning for his athletes.
Our kids need to understand and I preach it this is a new season for us, Medley said. We start a new season Friday. It doesn't matter whether we had lost three times to them or won three times against them. That doesn't matter. All that matters is Friday night. We've got to have that mentality: one night, one game.
While Scappoose did manage to take all three games from Valley Catholic, that's not to say the series wasn't a close one. The Indians actually trailed midway through the first leg before going on a wild rally late in the game, which ended with a final score far more flamboyant than the game itself.
The second game was tied going into the bottom of the seventh inning before Blake Millar hit a walk-off RBI to give Scappoose a 6-5 win. The final contest saw Scappoose score five runs in the top of the fifth inning to win 6-4.
Medley didn't offer much depth of insight into what Valley Catholic brings to the table other than the basics.
Guts, he said, brandishing a water hose he was using to spray down the infield on Tuesday. They do a good job. They're gutty; they get after you. They're going to put people on base, they're going to run the bases well.
Valley Catholic enters the postseason having won seven of their last 10 league games, including a 10-9 win in Banks and dominant efforts against Seaside and Tillamook. Their final game with Astoria was reasonably close as well.
But does that make the Valiants dangerous? Yes, according to Medley.
We'll definitely see a well-coached team, and we'll definitely see a team with something to prove, there's no doubt about that, he said.