SEASIDE — The Astoria baseball team moved one step closer to a league title Tuesday, with a 12-7 win over Seaside at Broadway Field.
The Fishermen will know where they stand following Wednesday’s game between Banks and Valley Catholic.
For now, Astoria holds a half-game lead with an 11-3 record. The Braves are 10-3, and must win Wednesday’s game vs. the Valiants and Friday against the Fishermen to win the league title. A tie in the standings would give the Fishermen the league’s No. 1 seed to the state playoffs, by way of two earlier wins over the Braves.
Tuesday’s game was all about big hits and avoiding mistakes.
Astoria had the hits, and avoided more mistakes than the Gulls, who committed three critical errors.
The Fishermen only scored runs in three innings — three in the first, five in the fourth, and a much-needed four runs in the top of the seventh.
Seaside loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and scored twice before Astoria reliever Will Reed was able to retire the final two batters, with the bases still loaded.
The two teams combined to leave 20 runners on base. The Fishermen had 13 hits and drew nine walks off two Seaside pitchers, while the Gulls had just five hits, but only struck out once against three Astoria pitchers.
Offensively, the Fishermen were led by Trey Hageman, who was 2-for-2 with a single and a double, and also drew three walks. He drove in three runs and scored three times.
Reed was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and Josiah Hirsch had a pair of singles, walked twice and scored two runs with two RBIs. Dylan Matteucci had just one hit, but drove in three runs.
Duncan Thompson had four hits for the Gulls, while Astor Landwehr and Dawson Blanchard each drove in two runs.