WARRENTON — Seaside’s “Summer of Fun” continued Saturday and Sunday at Warrenton, where the Gulls’ junior state baseball team won two games to capture the district’s No. 1 seed to the state tournament, July 19-22.
Following a narrow 1-0 win over Astoria Ford in Saturday’s first round, Seaside scored an 8-2 victory over Warrenton in the championship game Sunday evening.
Duncan Thompson pitched six solid innings, allowing seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks, helping the Gulls tack on two wins to their 5-0 regular season league record for the summer.
Dan McFadden — a former Warrenton Warrior — did the coaching, along with former Gull Ross Knutsen.
“I hope the Seaside community and administration recognizes the job Danny and Ross did in the unfortunate circumstance (the Gulls, in the midst of a coaching change) found themselves in,” said Warrenton coach Lennie Wolfe. “They were fortunate to have both of them there.
“We had too many players who didn’t have enough practices in this week, but I don’t want to take away from the quality job that (Duncan) Thompson did on the hill, or the coaching job that Dan and Ross have done with their kids this summer.”
Seaside will host its annual wood bat tournament next weekend, before playing its first game in the state tournament at Crescent Valley High School. The Gulls have a bye in the first round, and will play their first game July 20.
Seaside had 10 hits off two Warrenton pitchers in Sunday’s win.
Senior-to-be Travis Fenton wielded the big bat, with a single, a pair of doubles and two runs batted in.
In the two games over the weekend, Fenton had three doubles to the base of the fence, and another against Astoria Ford that was caught at the fence.
After stranding 10 baserunners in the win over the Fishermen, the Gulls had better luck manufacturing runs Saturday, beginning in the first inning with Gage McFadden scoring on a double steal.
Alex Teubner’s single plated Fenton for a 2-0 lead in the second inning, and two more runs scored on an error.
The Warriors had six hits over the third, fourth and fifth innings, but they could only manage one run off Thompson over that same span.
Seaside pulled away in the fifth, as Isaias Jantes reached on an error and scored on a double by Fenton, and Paxson VanNortwick’s single brought in Fenton.
The Gulls capped their highlights with a back-to-back triple by Jantes and double from Fenton in the sixth.
Eight different players had hits for Seaside, while Jacob Morrow, Devin Jackson and Gabe Breitmeyer had two hits apiece for the Warriors, who will be the district’s No. 2 seed in the state tournament. Warrenton will also take part in Seaside’s tournament next weekend, facing Valley Catholic in the tournament’s first game at Broadway Field, Thursday at 10 a.m.