SEASIDE — Seaside finished off a successful Junior Baseball summer season Saturday 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 half 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 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 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.
Warriors show promise
SEASIDE — The smallest school in the Seaside Wood Bat Tournament put up a big fight, but came up short in a pair of consolation games over the weekend.
After an opening round loss to 4A (soon to be 5A) Scappoose Thursday, the Warriors dropped consecutive games to 5A St. Helens (3-1) Friday and 4A Baker (4-2) Saturday at Broadway Field.
Churchill — the state champion at the 5A level last spring — won Seaside’s annual eight-team tournament with an 8-7 victory over Central in the championship game.
Despite the Warrenton losses, the 2017 summer season showed the Warriors that they’ve got reason to be optimistic for the 2018 spring season.
“If everyone returns that we expect to be back, and everybody stays healthy, it’s going to be a good season,” said Warrenton coach Lennie Wolfe, whose team was competitive all summer against a schedule of 4A schools.
The main difference will be on the mound, where the Warriors will have Dalton Knight — who missed the entire spring season — along with an improved Duane Falls and Austin Little.
Falls finished on the mound in the loss to St. Helens, allowing just four hits with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Knight took the loss Saturday, but pitched a solid six innings before giving way to Little.
Because of a few injuries, Warrenton played most of the summer season short of players. The Warriors had just eight for Saturday’s season finale, adding the younger brother of a current player as a last minute replacement.