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Baseball: Astoria Ford closes with victory over Knappa

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 9, 2018 8:39AM

WARRENTON — Dane Gouge’s Astoria Ford team finished up the summer season with a win Sunday afternoon at Huddleston Field, a 9-2 victory over Knappa in a consolation game of the junior state district tournament.

Astoria pitcher Will Reed tossed a complete game four-hitter, striking out seven with two walks.

The Fishermen had four hits off four Logger pitchers, as the young Knappa team — missing Logan Bartlett, Ryker Coffey and Eli Takalo for the junior state season — went 0-2 in the tournament.

Astoria Ford built a quick 4-2 lead after three innings, then added two runs in the fourth, highlighted by an RBI double from Adam Feldman.

The Fishermen found playing time for some of their youngsters in the seventh, which included a leadoff single by Brandon Helligso and an RBI double by Ben Swenson to close the scoring.

Gulls 1, Fishermen 0

WARRENTON — For a ball game with just one run scored, Saturday’s tournament opener was pretty exciting, as two pitchers hooked up in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel between rivals Astoria and Seaside.

The No. 1-seeded Gulls scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, and let pitcher Gage McFadden do the rest, as the senior-to-be tossed a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 win.

Dylan Rush — the starter for Dane Gouge’s Astoria Ford — allowed just five hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.

McFadden countered with just two strikeouts, but he had the Fishermen grounding out and popping up fly balls in the infield all day long.

McFadden retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced, and needed just 72 pitches to finish off Astoria. The only Fishermen hits came on an infield single by Will Reed and a double to the fence by Ebin Hillard in the fifth.

Meanwhile, the Gulls were reaching base, but not scoring. Seaside left the bases loaded in the third, then stranded two runners each in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

With a runner at second and one out in the sixth, Travis Fenton laid down a bunt, and reached second base on an errant throw to first, with Isaias Jantes scoring on the play.

McFadden retired the Fishermen in order in the first, third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings.

Warriors 6, Loggers 5

WARRENTON — The Warriors didn’t make it easy on themselves in Saturday’s state-qualifying game. Warrenton committed three errors and Warrior pitchers walked nine.

The Knappa Loggers returned the favor by stranding 13 baserunners.

In the end, the only numbers on the scoreboard that mattered favored Warrenton, which clinched a spot in the state tournament with a 6-5 win over the Loggers.

The game featured three lead changes, as Knappa scored the first run of the game, then trailed 3-1 after three innings.

The Loggers scored three runs in the top of the fourth and one in the sixth for a seemingly safe 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.

And Knappa pitcher Logan Flues had an 0-2 count on Warrenton’s Dalton Knight with two outs, when Knight lofted a high fly ball to shallow right field.

The ball dropped untouched for a double to put runners at second and third. The hit was huge, because Austin Little followed with a two-run triple to deep right, tying the game at 5-5.

Seconds later, Jacob Morrow lined a single to left, scoring Little with the go-ahead run, and the final lead change of the game.

Jackson — on in relief of Knight — gave up a one-out double to Shaun Lackey in the top of the seventh, but retired the next two to end the game, in addition to picking up the win on the mound.

Knappa pitchers Ryson Patterson and Flues combined for 12 strikeouts and five walks, while giving up nine hits.

Meanwhile, Knight and Jackson scattered five hits (three by Lackey), while striking out 13 and walking nine.

The Loggers stranded baserunners in every inning, and left the bases loaded in the second, fourth and fifth innings.

Morrow had three singles for the Warriors.


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