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Remembering Jon Gizdavich

The Daily Astorian

Published on June 13, 2018 3:11PM

Last changed on June 19, 2018 10:20AM

Nate Pfund takes off for first base early in the alumni game, honoring former Gull Jon Gizdavich.

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Nate Pfund takes off for first base early in the alumni game, honoring former Gull Jon Gizdavich.

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Former Gull Erik Knutsen celebrates a home run in Seaside’s alumni game.

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Former Gull Erik Knutsen celebrates a home run in Seaside’s alumni game.

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Jeremy Carow slides in safely past catcher Mike Mizell.

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Jeremy Carow slides in safely past catcher Mike Mizell.

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Drew Black makes a catch behind first base.

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Drew Black makes a catch behind first base.

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Players and fans were wearing a shirt made to honor Seaside High graduate Jon Gizdavich, who wore No. 4 with the Gulls.

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Players and fans were wearing a shirt made to honor Seaside High graduate Jon Gizdavich, who wore No. 4 with the Gulls.

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Former Seaside baseball player Jon Gizdavich, in a 2006 game.

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Former Seaside baseball player Jon Gizdavich, in a 2006 game.


A gathering of former Seaside baseball players took place last Sunday, as the ex-Gulls took part in the fourth annual event for No. 4.

The Jon Gizdavich Memorial game was held at Broadway Field, where the annual game/fundraiser helped raise money for scholarships awarded in the name of the late Seaside High School student-athlete.

Gizdavich was a Class of 2007 graduate, and was nearing his graduation from Oregon State University at the time of his death in a car accident, in January 2013.

His girlfriend, Bri Hostetler, and former teammate Ross Knutsen helped organize the annual event, the first of which was held in 2015.

In addition to honoring Gizdavich, the event also raises money for an annual $1,000 scholarship, awarded in Gizdavich’s name.

Winners of the 2018 scholarship were Jetta Ideue and Skyler Yoshino.

Sunday’s alumni game went extra innings, with the “older” graduates winning, 10-8.

Participating graduates ranged from Jeff Carow (Class of 1981) to current player Riley Kuhl (Class of 2021), who had a pair of doubles and a triple.

Former Gull Erik Knutsen added a home run, and Matt “Showtime” Hendryx had a double and a triple.











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