SEASIDE — The Astoria Fishermen opened a big week with a big win Monday night, as they took advantage of a generous Seaside team to score a 9-2 victory over the Gulls at Broadway Field.

Seaside committed five errors and the Fishermen drew eight walks, while Astoria pitcher Conor Harber had another routine outing to put the Fish right back in the thick of the Cowapa League baseball race.

After an 0-2 start in league play, Astoria is now 4-2, tied for first place with Scappoose. Monday’s game was the first of three games in three days for Astoria, which plays at Tillamook Tuesday, then hosts Seaside Wednesday. The Fish will take a break Thursday, then play at Banks Friday.

In other league action Monday, Tillamook defeated Scappoose 2-1, and Yamhill-Carlton topped Banks, 8-7 in eight innings.

If no one can hold on to first place in the league standings, the Fishermen will gladly take it.

“Right now we’re tied for first,” Harber said. “But we need to win ‘em all this week if we’re going to go for the title.

“We’re just playing way, way better than the first two (league games),” he said, referring to two straight losses to Scappoose to open the league season. “I don’t even know what team that was that we brought to those games. All through my time here, I’ve never seen us play that bad before.”

Harber struck out nine batters and walked two in Monday's win. Jeramy Poyer pitched the seventh inning.

Astoria coach Brian Babbitt said, “the way I look at it, you’re going to have to win out to make sure you win it. It’s just a matter of putting some runs behind our pitchers, and I think we’ll be all right.”

The Fishermen gave Harber a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning Monday. Or rather, Harber gave himself a lead, when he tripled to the gap in left-center field with one out in the top of the first.

He scored moments later on an infield single by Dillon Smith, and the score remained 1-0 through four innings.

The Gulls ran into some trouble in the fifth, and the Fishermen also began to hit the ball off Seaside starter Ben DeGandi.

Ryan Johnson reached on an error to start the inning, and Harber drew a walk. Smith and Jeramy Poyer followed with base hits, scoring two runs.

Andrew Bergeson singled to load the bases, and the Gulls committed back-to-back errors on throws to the plate on attempted force-out plays. Astoria scored four runs on three hits and three Seaside errors in the inning for a 5-0 lead.

“I told our kids to put the ball in play and put a little pressure on, and make (the Gulls) respond,” Babbitt said. “And we got lucky and made some decent contact when we needed it. We got the right hits at the right time, and we definitely got lucky on some throws in the fifth.”

The Gulls were able to pick up their two runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by run-scoring singles from Nick Nelson and Kyle Hague.

But Astoria squashed any comeback hopes with three runs in the top of the seventh, as the Fish loaded the bases with no outs and scored two runs on a wild pitch and an error.

A sacrifice fly from Smith brought in Harber with the final run.

Astoria stranded 10 base runners, and had another few thrown out on good defensive plays the Gulls, including a diving stop by DeGandi at shortstop in the sixth inning. DeGandi made the throw to first from his knees, in time to get the runner.

Smith and Poyer both had two hits for Astoria, with Smith driving in two runs. Nelson had two of Seaside’s five hits.

Babbitt’s lineup change of moving Harber to the No. 2 spot behind Johnson, and in front of Smith, Cain and Poyer “is really working out,” Babbitt said. “Dillon’s coming through there, and we have Poyer in a good spot. Then we have some guys who are all about the same, with Cody Fox, Taylor Holthusen and Will James.”

Harber said, “Dillon is hitting really well … Ryan, Evan, Jeramy … all those guys are hitting the ball really, really well.”

The Gulls hit the ball well in an 8-6 win over Banks last week.

Eddie Soller had two hits and scored twice; Hague had two hits with a double and two RBIs; and DeGandi added a two-run double.