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Working off last season's successes and eyeing key players, coach expects improved second year

JOHN BREWINGTON, FOR PMG - Four of the five returning members of the Scappoose baseball team.

Scappoose baseball coach Cameron Webb is happy with the progress the Indians are making as they prep for the upcoming season.

Webb has been a big part of the improvement. Since coming to the team last season, Webb has worked diligently on the program. The team was in the 5A Northwest Oregon Conference last season, finishing seventh. Webb feels they can improve that this year. He's got key returning players on the varsity team and in the lower age groups,. Most everyone participates in summer league programs, as well as fall and winter workouts, and Webb has the seventh and eighth graders in a summer program.

"Last year was a building year for us," Webb said.

He's got some key players returning and also some-up-and-coming talent. He hopes to move the squad into contention this season. Webb attended Lincoln High School, and went to Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. After college, he returned to Oregon and coached at Lincoln as an assistant for several years. He finally decided it was time to start his own program. That brought him to Scappoose High School.

The Indians have five players back from last year's varsity, including three pitchers. The returning pitchers include Logan Travis, Ben Anicker, both seniors, and Tyler Souvenir, a junior. Jacob Bernhard and Noah Packineau round out the returnees.

Travis was all-league and second team all-state. Anicker was second team all-league, both as a pitcher and as a shortstop.

"They are all really great solid examples (for the team)," Webb said. "They work hard every single day. The younger kids emulate them."

Webb has around 40 players out for what he hopes is three teams—varsity, jayvees, and jayvee II.

It won't be an easy year for the Indians by any stretch of the imagination. The league will be diffiult. Webb thinks Rex Putnam, La Salle and Wilsonville will lead the pack, with some of the other teams like St. Helens being tough as well.

Webb added, "We were talking to the kids yesterday and we're simplifying things but still paying attention to detail. We're executing those plays and controlling those things we can control."

The mood is good at Scappoose, most players are working out in the morning and then practicing in the afternoon.

"I think the kids are working hard and energized about the season," Webb concluded.


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