Seaside finished off a successful Junior Baseball summer season July 15 at Broadway Field, where the Gulls scored a “double victory” on the final day of the Wood Bat Tournament.
Not only did the Gulls win their consolation final, they did it by beating Cowapa League rival Scappoose, 7-0.
The Gulls are hoping it’s a sign of things to come in 2018, when Seaside baseball will be looking to climb back into the top division of the Cowapa.
Seaside won Saturday’s consolation final in impressive fashion, as pitcher Brayden Johnson tossed a complete-game one-hitter, with four strikeouts and four walks.
It took Johnson just 78 pitches to finish off the Indians, whose lone hit was a double by 10 in the second inning.
Meanwhile, the Gulls collected six hits (from six different players) off two Scappoose pitchers.
Gage McFadden and Duncan Thompson each had a double, while Ashton Boyd was the big run-producer, driving in three runs, including a two-run single in the third inning.
The Gulls led 1-0 after two innings, then broke it open with five runs in the third.
With one out, McFadden was hit by a pitch, stole second, took third on a base hit by Payton Westerholm, and sprinted home on an error on the same play.
Alex Teubner reached on an infield single, and Westerholm scored moments later on a double from Duncan Thompson.
An infield single by Chase Januik scored another run, and Boyd’s line drive to center with two outs plated Thompson and Januik for a 6-0 lead.
On the mound, Johnson retired nine in a row from the third to the sixth inning, and retired the side in order in the seventh.
Seaside finishes the summer season with a 10-7 record, which included a win over Astoria Ford and two victories over Scappoose.
Gulls 7, Baker 6
SEASIDE — The Seaside Junior Baseball team has spent most of the summer playing exciting games with dramatic endings.
They’ve won a few and lost a few, and scored their biggest win July 14, with a 7-6, 10-inning victory over Barley Brown’s of Baker City.
Seaside rallied from a 6-2 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the seventh, then pushed across a run in the 10th on a bases-loaded hit by Alex Teubner with no outs.
Baker dominated the first five innings, building a 6-2 lead and outhitting the Gulls 10-3.
The last five frames, however, belonged to Seaside.
Baker City’s Sam McCauley was pitching a masterpiece through the first five innings, but walked two in the sixth, then gave up four hits and also hit a batter in the seventh, before being relieved in the eighth.
But it was too late by then.
The Gulls’ rally in the seventh featured a leadoff single by Gage McFadden, and teammate Payton Westerholm was hit by a pitch to put two runners on.
They both advanced on a ground-out by Teubner.
McFadden raced home on an infield single by Duncan Thompson, and Brayden Johnson followed with a double down the left field line that scored two.
Moments later, an errant throw by Baker City allowed Johnson score the game-tying run.
After a scoreless eighth and ninth innings, Seaside opened the bottom of the 10th with consecutive singles by Paxson VanNortwich and McFadden and a walk to Westerholm. Teubner’s hit over a drawn-in outfield allowed VanNortwich to easily score with the game-winner.
Seaside pitchers Thompson and McFadden allowed 15 hits with six strikeouts and a walk, while two Baker City pitchers gave up 10 hits, with six strikeouts, six walks and four hit batters. Seaside stranded 14 base runners.
In a semifinal game against Central, the Gulls managed just four hits (two by Payton Westerholm) in a 10-2 loss.
Clatsop Clash split
SEASIDE — Four-and-a-half hours of baseball resulted in a doubleheader split July 10 at Broadway Field, where the Astoria Ford and Seaside Junior teams swapped a pair of lop-sided games.
The Fishermen scored a 12-1 win in the opener, before the Gulls bounced back with a 15-5 victory in Game 2.
After 34 straight losses to Astoria in spring ball, the Gulls’ summer team can happily write an unofficial end to that losing skid, with the Game 2 win.
“Brayden (Johnson) threw really well” in the second game, said Seaside coach Joel Dierickx, as his starter pitched a solid four-plus innings to earn the win.
Johnson gave up just three hits, with two strikeouts and three walks, before Payton Westerholm took over in the fifth inning.
Facing Astoria’s less-experienced lineup in the second game, the Gulls had 10 hits off three Astoria pitchers, who walked 10 and hit three batters.
A two-out, bases-loaded double by Westerholm in the third inning scored three runs and helped Seaside build a 9-0 lead after three innings.
The Fishermen drew four walks, and Dylan Junes had a two-run double to highlight Astoria’s five run fifth inning.
But Seaside countered with six runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth, which included two hit batters with the bases loaded to force in two runs, and Westerholm drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the final run that gave the Gulls a 10-run lead.
Alex Teubner had a triple and a single to lead Seaside’s 10-hit attack, while Westerholm finished with four RBIs, and Travis Fenton had two hits and two RBIs.
In Game 1, Astoria Ford scored four runs in the second inning for a quick 5-0 lead. Tristin Wallace, Ebin Hillard and Adam Feldman all had RBI singles in the inning.
The Fishermen led 6-1 after six innings, then pulled away with six runs in the seventh, highlighted by a three-run, bases-loaded double by Wallace.
Astoria Ford had 13 hits in the opener off three Seaside pitchers, including three singles apiece for Feldman and Will Reed. Wallace drove in four runs and picked up the win on the mound, allowing four hits with five strikeouts and a walk in six innings.
“Wallace threw well in the first game, but I was a little disappointed that we didn’t square up and hit the ball a little better,” Dierickx said. “But it was still nice to get some players back in the lineup,” as the Gulls saw the return of Chase Januik and Westerholm, but were still missing Duncan Thompson.