SEASIDE — The Seaside junior summer baseball team made it interesting Saturday evening at Broadway Field, but asking for a win against a highly successful Class 5A program was a bit much.
Churchill — a semifinalist in the state playoffs last spring — had some anxious moments late in the game, but held off Seaside for a 7-3 win in the championship of Seaside’s annual Wood Bat tournament.
Seaside trailed Churchill 3-0 just minutes into the game, but then settled down and played evenly with the Lancers over the final six innings.
The Gulls outscored Churchill 3-2 after the first half inning, and trailed 5-3 heading into the seventh inning.
But the Lancers tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the seventh to build a four-run lead. And after giving up a lead-off walk in the bottom of the seventh, Churchill pitcher Beau Burnett retired the next three Seaside batters in order to help secure the victory.
The Gulls will likely play bigger schools later this week in the junior baseball state tournament, which begins Thursday at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis.
After a first-round bye, Seaside opens play at 2:30 p.m. Friday against the winner of Lebanon and Junction City.
Saturday’s game could not have started better for the Lancers, who led 3-0 before the first out was recorded.
Churchill’s C.J. Townsend reached base on a lead off bunt, the first of six straight batters to reach safely.
Burnett had a two-run double to drive in the first runs, and later scored on a wild pitch.
Seaside’s Duncan Thompson struck out Dylan Carson for the first out, and with the bases loaded, he fielded a ground ball to start a 1-2-5 double play to end the inning.
The Gulls scored a run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the first (but left the bases loaded to end the inning), before Townsend and Connor Jones had RBI hits to help the Lancers rebuild a 5-1 lead after two innings.
But that would be all the scoring for Churchill for the next four innings, as Thompson allowed just one more hit through the sixth.
Seaside responded in the fourth inning, when Brayden Johnson had a one-out triple to right field, then scored on a Travis Fenton sacrifice fly.
The Gulls turned a second double play in the top of the fifth, and Jacob Derby was hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom of the inning.
He scored on Payton Westerholm’s single, and the Lancer lead was cut to 5-3.
But that would be the end of Seaside’s scoring, as Burnett struck out the side in the sixth, then held the Gulls scoreless in the seventh to pick up the save.
Carson Lydon and Burnett allowed just three Seaside hits, with nine strikeouts and three walks. The Gulls struggled defensively, with six errors.
Seaside 4, Baker 3
SEASIDE — Seaside won it with a rally Friday evening at Broadway Field.
Trailing 3-2 after giving up a run in the top of the seventh, the Gulls rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3 win over the Barley Brown/Hodgen Brewers of Baker, in a semifinal game of the Wood Bat tournament.
Both teams scored two runs in the third inning, then went scoreless over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
After their two-run rally in the third, the Gulls had just one base runner over the next three innings, before their seventh-inning rally.
Baker was coasting along, as the Brewers had retired nine of 10 Seaside batters heading into the bottom of the seventh.
But Seaside’s Isaias Jantes reached on an error to start the inning. Jantes moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Riley Kuhl, and the next three batters drew walks.
A bases-loaded walk to Alex Teubner forced in Jantes with the tying run, and with just one out, Duncan Thompson laid down a squeeze bunt to score Gage McFadden with the game-winning run.
McFadden went the distance on the mound for Seaside, allowing seven hits with two strikeouts and a walk.