Senior P Will Sprute strikes out 10 Wolverines as the Indian bats begin to swing with ease
It's been an up and down season so far for Scappoose baseball. They were forced to come back on the road to beat Ontario 12-11, eaked out a win over New Plymouth, and then lost a pair of heartbreakers to La Grande and Baker, two games in which the Indians had held a lead late in the game.
On Tuesday morning, all that rust shook off in a hurry as Scappoose walloped Weiser 10-0 in five innings, moving to 3-3 on the season and breaking a two-game slide.
Fairly early on in the bottom of the second inning, it became pretty clear how the game finish. After a scoreless first inning, the Indians' Kyler Mizee knocked a pitch over the right field wall, sending he and Will Sprute around the bases to put Scappoose up 2-0 with no outs. A few minutes later, Jake Ford singled to left field, driving Anthony Bernal home, and senior Hunter Hoyt closed out the inning with another home run to score Ford and Wyatt Patton.
The Indian offense still wasn't finished. An error by the Wolverine third baseman left the door to home wide open for Blake Millar in the third inning, at which point the Weiser pitching staff began to melt down. Junior pitcher Brandon Kropp missed on two attempts to catch Justin Hering off base between first and second, but it was all for naught. Hering stole second after the first ball thrown to Ford, who was walked shortly thereafter. The pair of Indian runners stole second and third base respectively, and four straight balls from Kropp walked Sam Margheim to load the bases. Another four balls walked Patton to first, and Hering to home. Hoyt, who knocked the ball out of the park in the second inning, was one ball away from walking another runner home when his fly ball was caught by Kropp to mercifully end the inning.
The Wolverines managed nothing the rest of the way, as Sprute picked up four of his 10 strikeouts in the fourth and fifth innings, and ended the game with a RBI single to center field, driving Patton home to put the Indians up 10-0 and finishing the contest two innings early.
Sprute was the hero for the Indians, striking out 10, giving up only 2 hits and walking just one batter. The infield was only forced to make plays on a pair of ground balls, one of which bounced into the hands of Sprute himself for an easy out at first base, adding to his impressive stat line.
The Indians will return home for their next game, taking the field against Molalla on Friday, March 28 at 4:30 p.m.
Scappoose 10, Weiser 0
WEIS 000 00 – 0 2 3
SCAP 062 02 – 10 7 1
Hits (7): Hoyt 2, Millar, Sprute 2, Mizee, Ford
RBIs (9): Patton, Hoyt 3, Millar, Sprute, Mizee 2, Ford 1
Runs (10): Patton 2, Hoyt, Millar, Sprute, Mizee, Bernal, Hering, Ford 2