Scappoose qualifies for playoffs for first time since move to 5A; will face Willamette in first round.

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Scappoose's Malcolm Harrison runs past second in the team's May 11 game against Milwaukie.Scappoose High School's baseball team qualified for 5A state playoffs for the first time since moving to 5A in the 2018-19 school year.

Four teams from the Northwest Oregon Conference will go to playoffs: Wilsonville, Putnam, LaSalle Prep and Scappoose.

The top 16 teams from around the state will compete. Scappoose is ranked 13th by OSAA.

"When we swept Milwaukie, we clinched a playoff spot, which is the first time since Scappoose moved to 5A," coach Cameron Webb said.

At the end of the regular season, Scappoose was 10-8 in league and 15-11 overall. The team had 205 runs scored and 114 runs allowed, according to OSAA.

This season, Scappoose has won at least one game against each of its NWOC competitors except for Wilsonville, which is ranked second in the state.

Scappoose is set to face Willamette, the fourth-ranked team, in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday, May 25, in Eugene.

"We're just really proud of our seniors. They've been through a lot these last few years, having seasons canceled and shortened. And they've stayed really dedicated throughout," Webb said, explaining that the seniors were always ready and eager to play whenever possible, through frequent changes in COVID restrictions. "They're a big part of the reason we have such a strong team culture and have been able to improve so much in the last few years," Webb said of seniors Malcolm Harrison, Jack Duschka, Andrew Darco, Austin Verbout and Luke McNabb.

This season was the team's last chance to make it to 5A playoffs, as Scappoose will return to 4A this fall.

Scappoose was also named academic all-state. With an average GPA of 3.59, Scappoose had the fifth highest team GPA in 5A.

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