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PMG PHOTO: JIM BESEDA - Ben Anicker had a complete game on the mound for the Scappoose Indians as they knocked off La Salle Prep and notched their first Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference baseball victory last week.PREP BASEBALL

The big day for Scappoose came on Thursday, April 18, in a home game against La Salle Prep.

That was the day the Indians picked up their first Northwest Oregon Conference victory. They snapped a 12-game losing streak and dealt the Falcons a blow in their bid to challenge Putnam for the league lead.

"I'm really proud of the kids," Scappoose coach Cameron Webb said after the 5-4 win. "We'd been talking to these kids all year about what they are capable of, and it was cool to see them put it all together."

Scappoose had dropped the first two games of the La Salle Prep series 6-1 and 13-2. And the Indians had won only one other game this season — their season opener on March 15, 6-2 at home against South Albany.

But Scappoose had come close on other occasions, including twice against Putnam — falling by the same 5-4 score both at Putnam on April 9 and at Scappoose on April 12.

One of the major story lines in the Indians' April 18 NWOC win was the pitching of junior Ben Anicker. He went all seven innings, giving up only four hits and one walk while striking out five batters.

"He was super effective," Webb said. "He was locating three pitches for strikes and was in a zone all day."

Junior shortstop Jake Bernhard was a key with his defense at shortstop as La Salle Prep scored in only one inning.

Senior Terrence Lewis had two doubles and two RBIs in Scappoose's 10-hit attack.

And freshman designated hitter Luke McNabb came through with his first varsity hit in his first varsity appearance — and it was the winning hit.

After Scappoose took a 3-0 lead with three runs in the third, the Falcons came back with four runs in the fourth. Two errors in the fourth helped La Salle Prep overcome the deficit, but the Indians limited the damage.

"We've been telling the kids all year that we can survive a couple of mistakes, we just can't let the other team have a huge inning," Webb said.

Scappoose tied the score with a run in the fifth. Lewis doubled with one out and scored from third on a two-out single by junior Logan Travis.

In the sixth, senior Gavin Larson hit a leadoff double, went to third on Anicker's sacrifice bunt and scored on McNabb's single.

In the top of the seventh, Anicker mowed down the Falcons 1-2-3, with a ground out to second, a strikeout and a fly ball to center field that ended the game.

"We played fundamental baseball for a whole game," Webb said. "We told the players at the start of the year that it's not like we need to play out of this world, we just need to make routine plays."


All in all, it was a pretty good start to the week for St. Helens and a rough one for Scappoose.

Scappoose went 0-3 in the seven-day span from Thursday, April 18 through Wednesday — facing the top three teams in the Northwest Oregon Conference. The Indians lost 10-0 at La Salle Prep on April 18, 8-3 at home against Putnam on Tuesday and 13-0 at Hillsboro on Wednesday.

Hillsboro has been the top team in the NWOC. The Spartans are ranked third in the Class 5A coaches poll and second by the Oregon School Activities Association. They're 15-1 overall and 7-0 in the NWOC.

St. Helens played Monday at Parkrose, winning 14-9 in eight innings. The Lions then cuffed visiting Wilsonville 7-0 on Tuesday, before falling 7-1 at home on Wednesday to Putnam. The 2-1 run over two days had St. Helens in fourth place in the conference — a key spot to hold on to, because the top four NWOC finishers will qualify for the state playoffs.

St. Helens pulled out its win at Parkrose with six runs in the top of the eighth. Two walks and two errors got things going. Taylor Dow hit a two-run double.

The Lions' bats were working in the Parkrose game. They had 11 hits, including one home run for both Brynn Austin and Kaily Smith. Austin, Smith, sophomore Jasmyne Pense and Kenzie Agler each had two hits. Pense tripled and drove in four runs. Austin and Agler each had a double; Austin and Dow each had two RBIs. The Lions also drew 12 walks while striking out three times.

Pitcher Brea Paulson shut down Wilsonville with her complete game, and every Lion in the lineup had at least one hit, for 15 in all. Madi Flores tripled, Smith had two doubles, and Pense and Agler each had a double.

The Lions gave Putnam a battle until the final inning on Wednesday. St. Helens was within 2-1 and getting a great pitching performance from sophomore Alise Gump. Putnam scored five runs in the top of the seventh, though, on five hits, two walks and an error.

Dow had the Lions' RBI with one of the team's five hits off Putnam ace Melia Croyden, who struck out 12 with one walk.


Chase Elliott of Scappoose continues his solid play.

Elliott, a junior, battled near the top at the State Preview, a one-day tournament on Wednesday at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. One bit a bad luck hampered his efforts, though he would up high on the leaderboard with a 3-over-par 75. He took a 7 on the par-5 15th hole with a lost ball — which he found about 15 seconds too late to avoid the penalty.

"But no question he should walk away from the day knowing he can play with anyone in the state at our level," Scappoose coach Ryan Svenson said.

The Indians' No. 2 scorer at Trysting Tree was senior Weston Spang with a 94.

"He played his best round of the year and will be really important to our success at regionals in 10 days," Svenson said.

n Elliott was the medalist on Monday as the Northwest Oregon Conference played at Forest Hills Golf Course in Cornelius. He turned in a 1-over 73, topping the runner-up, Braden Garrow of Wilsonville, by 10 strokes.

Elliott blistered the back nine in 2-under 34, with two birdies.

"Chase shook off a rough front, for him," Svenson said. "His consistency all season has been amazing. He's shot 72 or 73 in all six of our tournaments, a pretty remarkable statistic.  I think that steadiness will lend itself to success at state next month."

Jaden Holmason shot 47-46 for a 93, the second-best Scappoose score.

"Jaden is starting to play up to his potential from last year," Svenson said. "He's struggled with his swing this year, but is starting to get things worked out. He shot an 87 in a JV invite at Astoria the previous Friday and then bounced back with a solid 93 on a tough course."

Wilsonville was first among the team with a 363 total. La Salle Prep was next at 387, followed by Scappoose (393) and St. Helens (425).


St. Helens finished second to Wilsonville in Tuesday's Northwest Oregon Conference match at Forest Hills Golf Club in Cornelius.

Emme Paullus and Alexus Burgoyne of the Lions were fourth and fifth, respectively. They had modified Stableford scores of 41 and 40. Mackenzie Carlson (32) and Maddie Holm (25) were next for St. Helens.

n Callie Enos (35), Kylie Nutt (22), Molly Hagan (16) and Dylan Dietz (12) led Scappoose. It was Nutt's best outing of the year and Dietz's first varsity match.

The Indians have a young and rebuilding squad. JV players Hope Grogg and Karissa Beck each scored 22 for nine holes in a scramble.

"I have six freshmen who are improving each and every day," coach Joe Girres said. "It's been a lot of fun to watch the maturation process take shape. This has been a tremendous year of growth.


St. Helens won three of the five doubles matches in a 6-3 dual loss to Hillsboro this week. The No. 1 Lions duo of juniors Jenna Pense and McKenna Coddington won 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. At No. 4, sophomores Amanda Taylor and Sofia Stranjiford won 2-6, 7-6, 6-1. In the No. 5 spot, freshman Maggie Wheeldon and sophomore Gurki Kaur won 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.


The young (four seniors) St. Helens team continues to make progress in learning the sport while competing against other Northwest Oregon Conference teams.

Some highlights from this week included freshman Sam Moehring playing singles for the first time and "putting up a fight" at the No. 3 spot, and the doubles team of Kodi Miller and Dylan Shafer, also freshmen, taking a first set to a tiebreaker and coming close in a 6-4 second-set loss.


Here who ranks in the top 10 among Class 5A athletes (through Wednesday):


n 100 — Logan Page, St. Helens, tie for fifth, 11.14

n 200 — Logan Page, St. Helens, second, 22.56

n 110 hurdles — Brisyn Maller, Scappoose, fourth, 15.24

n 300 hurdles — Brisyn Maller, Scappoose , fifth, 41.05

n 4x100 relay — Scappoose, fifth, 44.61

n 4x400 relay — Scappoose, eighth, 3:36.89

n Javelin — Conner Havlik, Scappoose, fifth, 165-8


n 100 — Savannah Moore, St. Helens, seventh, 12.83

n 200 — Savannah Moore, St. Helens, fourth, 26.64

n 400 — Tess Conway, Scappoose, fifth, 1:01.24

n 800 — Tess Conway, Scappoose, fourth, 2:24.02

n 100 hurdles — Emma Jones, Scappoose, fifth, 16.30

n 300 hurdles — Emma Jones, Scappoose, third, 46.62

n 4x100 relay — St. Helens, fourth, 51.56; Scappoose, 10th, 52.14

n 4x400 relay — St. Helens, sixth, 4:18.65; Scappoose, seventh, 1:18.95

n High jump — Savannah Hoffman, St. Helens, tied for seventh, 5-0


Oregon Ducks freshman Hannah Galey from Scappoose started both games in right field in a doubleheader sweep (5-3, 9-8) at home against Portland State on Tuesday. She was 0 for 3, but walked three times and scored a run.

The Ducks improved to 21-22.

n Oregon State senior Michelle Sass from St. Helens has been playing right field for her team as well.

The Beavers (21-18) will visit the Ducks this weekend for their three-game Pac-12 series. Games are 2:30 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

n Yavapai College (Prescott, Arizona), whose roster includes freshman catcher Gabie Krueger out of Scappoose High, raised its record to 43-9 with a Tuesday doubleheader sweep at home over the Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters.

In 31 games played, Krueger was batting .373 with a .456 on-base percentage, five doubles, one triple, three home runs, 20 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

The Yavapai Roughriders are part of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference and despite a 34-8 ACCAC record is third in the 12-team league, trailing the 40-4 Phoenix College Bears and 34-6 Arizona Western Matadors.

n Senior hurler Mariah Mulcahy is at Idaho State, which is tied with Portland State for third in the Big Sky (both 5-6 in conference). Weber State is 12-1, and Sacramento State is 8-3. Northern Colorado is fifth at 5-9.

ISU has six league games to go, three this weekend at Southern Utah and three at home May 3-4 versus Sac State.

With the top six teams advancing to the Big Sky playoffs, Idaho State's big push is to nab a top-three seed. The Bengals went 2-0 this season against PSU, which plays Sac State this weekend and closes the regular season with three games at home with Weber State.


Portland State freshman Linnaea Kavulich from Scappoose ran the 1,500 meters in the Bryan Clay Invitational last week at Azusa, California. She finished seventh in her heat in 4 minutes, 40.95 seconds. She ran 4:40.74 on March 29 in the Mike Fanelli Track Classic at Hayward, Calif.

She is expected to take another stab at her new event, the 3,000-meter steeplechase, in this weekend's OSU High Performance meet in Corvallis.

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