The Warrenton Warriors were closing in on their first summer-time win over Seaside June 29, when … a two-run rally by Seaside in the bottom of the sixth kept the Gulls’ perfect in their summer series with Warrenton.
Seaside opened Thursday’s action with a 12-2 victory in Game 1 at Broadway Field, then followed up with a dramatic 3-2 win in the nightcap, as the Gulls’ Junior Baseball team improved to 4-0 against the Warriors this month.
“That was just a fun game,” Seaside coach Joel Dierickx said of the Game 2 victory. “The way we finished against Glencoe Saturday, and the way we played tonight (winning late), we’re playing well. We knew (Warrenton pitcher Devin Jackson) was going to be tough, and Duncan (Thompson) threw a great game for us.”
Warrenton scored the first run of the day, but it only took two at-bats for Seaside to build a 7-1 lead in the opener, as a pair of Warrior errors and an RBI single to center from Isaias Jantes helped the Gulls score three runs in the bottom of the first.
A one-out triple to left field by Brayden Johnson highlighted Seaside’s four-run second inning, and pitcher Gage McFadden took it from there, allowing five hits with five strikeouts and no walks in the five-inning victory.
Thompson had a double and two singles with two RBIs in Game 1, and the Gulls had nine hits off two Warrenton pitchers.
Game 2 was played at a much quicker pace, as Jackson and Thompson settled into a pitcher’s duel.
Jackson faced just 10 batters through three innings, twice retiring four in a row.
The Warriors had base runners in every inning of Game 2, but Thompson had Warrenton scoreless through three innings, before the Warriors scored one in the fourth.
Dalton Knight had a leadoff single and scored on a base hit by Duane Falls, who was thrown out at third trying to stretch a double into a triple.
The Gulls answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth, as Johnson led off with a single, advanced to third on a passed ball and an error, then trotted home a single by Thompson.
Warrenton retook the lead in the fifth, as Gabe Breitmeyer reached on an error, stole second and scored on a ground ball RBI by Ethan Holthusen.
Jackson retired the Gulls in order in the bottom of the fifth, but Seaside’s Jake Black opened the bottom of the sixth with a double to center field.
McFadden’s sacrifice bunt moved Black to third, and he scored easily as Johnson doubled down the left field line to the fence to tie the game.
The Warriors misplayed a grounder by Thompson which allowed Johnson to score the go-ahead run, before Warrenton turned its second 1-6-3 double play to end the inning.
On in relief of Thompson, Johnson pitched the last two innings for Seaside, striking out four, including the last two batters with a runner at second in the top of the seventh.
Warrenton had four hits off the two Seaside pitchers, while Jackson threw 70 pitches and allowed just five hits with five strikeouts and a walk for the Warriors.
Gulls, Glencoe split
SEASIDE — Seaside bounced back from a 10-0 loss in Game 1, with a dramatic 8-7 win in Game 2, in a Junior Baseball doubleheader with Glencoe June 24 on a scorching hot Broadway Field.
Alex Teubner pitched a strong two-and-a-third innings to pick up the win, and the Gulls rallied from a 7-3 deficit after four innings.
After tying the game at 7-7, Seaside’s Jake Black had a single to start the eighth inning, and pinch-runner Brayden Johnson raced home on a sacrifice fly by Payton Westerholm for the walk-off win.
McMINNVILLE — McMinnville rallied from an early 6-2 deficit in the first game, and scored a pair of runs late in Game 2, for an 11-7, 4-3 sweep over Seaside June 22 in Junior Baseball action.
Seaside had 10 hits in Game 1, to eight for McMinnville. A triple by Duncan Thompson in the first inning scored a run, and helped the Gulls build a 6-3 lead through four innings.
McMinnville scored five runs in the fifth to take the lead, then tacked on three in the sixth.
Gage McFadden, Dawson Blachard and Thompson had two hits apiece for Seaside. The Gulls had five extra-base hits, including doubles for Brayden Johnson, Payton Westerholm and McFadden; and triples by Blanchard and Thompson.
Alex Teubner had two stolen bases, while Johnson started on the mound and allowed five hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
Game 2 was another near-win for the Gulls, who led 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, when McMinnville scored twice to win.
Blanchard had two of Seaside’s four hits.
Gulls 9, Warriors 3
WARRENTON — Two Seaside pitchers combined on a three-hitter in Game 1, and a lengthy Game 2 was tied 3-3 when it was called because of darkness, as Warrenton hosted a Junior Baseball doubleheader with the Gulls June 19 at Huddleston Field.
Seaside won the only game that had a winner, 9-3, as Duncan Thompson and Gage McFadden teamed up on the mound for the Gulls’ second straight win over Warrenton this summer.
Thompson started and pitched five solid innings, allowing three hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
McFadden was impressive as well, as the junior-to-be retired all six batters he faced, the last five by strikeout.
The Gulls jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the top of the first.
McFadden drew a leadoff walk and scored on a three-base error, when the Warriors mishandled a fly ball by Alex Teubner.
Teubner scored moments later on a grounder by Thompson, and after another error in the outfield, Dawson Blanchard sprinted home on a passed ball and Payton Westerholm scored on a ground ball by Chase Januik for the four-run lead.
Seaside tacked on a run in the third, as Blanchard singled to right and scored on the third of five Warrenton errors.
Dalton Knight had the first hit for the Warriors in the bottom of the fourth, and he took third on an errant pickoff throw.
Knight scored on a ground-out by Gabe Breitmeyer, which was followed by a single to center from Austin Little, who scored on Gage Threet’s base hit to right.
Seaside answered with two runs in the top of the fifth. Following a walk to Blanchard and a fielder’s choice, Isaias Jantes had the highlight hit of the day for the Gulls, a two-run triple to the right field fence.
Jacob Derby capped the Seaside scoring with a single in the seventh that brought in Paxson VanNortwich.
Duane Falls had a pair of hits for Warrenton in Game 2, while Warrior starter Devin Jackson pitched all six innings, allowing two hits with eight strikeouts and five walks before the game was stopped.
Three Seaside pitchers allowed just the two hits, with nine strikeouts, five walks and three hit batters.
Brayden Johnson had a two-run single in the fifth inning that gave the Gulls a brief 3-2 lead, before Warrenton scored a run in the bottom of the fifth.