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Baseball: Extra inning thriller suspended

Yamhill-Carlton put up two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, forcing extra innings before the contest was suspended due to darkness


Scappoose and Yamhill-Carlton played a dramatic seven innings in Yamhill on Wednesday evening, as the Tigers battled back from a three-run hole to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, just before the game was suspended due to darkness.

In the early going, it was clear this leg would be far different from Tuesday's pitcher's dual. Scappoose jumped on top in the first inning, taking a lead on a double from Kyler Mizee to score Jake Ford and Hunter Hoyt. Mizee was batted home on the next at-bat by, surpassing the scoring total from the first half of the series in the first half of the first inning.

The Tigers, who had been shutout in their last two games, finally found the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. Brandon Bernards stepped up and singled to right field, driving fellow sophomore Michael Mitchell home.

Yamhill-Carlton put up another in the third inning, taking advantage of two Indian errors at third base and on the mound to get Bernards on base and score junior Zach Rhodes.

That's when Will Sprute reached into his bag of disguises and pulled out an old favorite: the cat burglar. After hitting a quick grounder to left field, he made a living off of Bernards, tempting the pitcher once before stealing second and rushing to third on a grounder from Robby Backus. Now it was Backus' turn to tempt Bernards, inching off of first base and getting exactly the attention he wanted. Bernards turned and threw to first, and Sprute capitalized, racing home to score and putting Scappoose on top 4-2.

The Tigers, not to be outdone, had a few tricks of their own in the bottom of the fifth. Mitchell jumped on an error at first base to take second, and on the next play, followed senior Conner Weidner home to tie the score in one fell swoop.

Scappoose jumped on top once again in the sixth on an RBI single from Bernal to bring Steven Johnson home and in the top of the seventh, it looked like the Indians might have finally seen the last of Yamhill-Carlton's rallies. Sprute was hit by a pitch to get on base, and went right back to his usual business: stealing things. Bases, mostly.

And it seemed to work on sophomore pitcher Quinton Benson, who couldn't manage to pick Sprute off and threw ball after ball in the direction of Backus. Sprute stole second, waited a pitch or two and then stole third. Now it was time for Backus to swing, and swing he did, cracking a line drive to center field and bringing Sprute home to give the road team a two run edge with one out in the top of the seventh.

Benson must have felt a little guilty. He struck out Johnson, catching the junior swinging for the Tigers' second out before retiring Lional Sandoval and ending the Indians' chances of putting the game away.

Early in the bottom of the second, it was clear the Tigers weren't about to go quietly. Hoyt, who took over for Owen Fortney in the first inning, struck out Stokes, but that's where things started to fall in Yamhill-Carlton's direction.

A few minutes later, after Mitchell and Weidner stole second and third, Hoyt walked another batter and the bases were loaded with one out.

Bernards sent a ground ball straight at Hoyt, but Weidner was able to score. Two plays later, Mitchell stole home, and the Tigers had Scappoose right where they wanted: bases loaded with two outs, waiting to give up a walk off.

Benson stepped up, looking to be a hero. He took one pitch, but nailed the second and the Indians watched with baited breath as the ball rose and rose, before falling smack into the glove of Jake Ford, shutting down the Tigers' hope of a dramatic victory and sending the game to extra innings.

By this point, the game had reached nearly two and a half hours in length, and without lights on the field, it became too dark to play. The contest was suspended, to be picked up in the top of the eighth inning, tied at six runs each, at a later date. As of Thursday, April 17, no official date has been set, but a likely candidate would be Friday, April 25. The team doesn't play between April 23 and April 29, and the softball team will already be in Yamhill taking on the Tigers in a double header.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 6, Yamhill-Carlton 6 – Suspended (Darkness)

Yamhill-Carlton High School

SCAP 300 011 1 – 6 12 7

YAMH 101 020 2 – 6 8 1

Scappoose

Hits (12): Ford 2, Patton, Hoyt, Mizee, Sprute 2, Backus 3, Sandoval, Bernal

RBIs (5): Mizee 2, Sprute, Backus, Bernal

Runs (6): Ford, Hoyt, Mizee, Sprute 2, Johnson