With a little help from the new kids, the Astoria baseball program is coming right along.
Astoria's summer team swept a doubleheader from Seaside Tuesday night at Aiken Field as the Fishermen mixed some of the old with some of the new to remain unbeaten in league play.
Five hits was good enough for a 5-2 win for Astoria Ford in Game 2. The Fishermen broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to win the Oregon Junior Baseball contest.
Game 2 counted in the league standings, while Astoria Ford also won the noncounting first game, 16-4.
"I was real pleased with that first game, since we didn't have any of the older kids," said Astoria Ford's Ryker Thornton, who is coaching the summer team along with Ralph Steinback, while Dave Gasser takes a break from coaching.
Many of Astoria's veteran players were attending a football practice and arrived late, which is why the teams played the noncounter first.
"That gave some of the younger kids a chance to perform, and they got the job done," Thornton said. "They hit, they ran, they played defense real well ... I was very encouraged with that."
The "old hands" were in the lineup for Game 2, and made their presence felt.
Jordan Poyer started on the mound and finished with eight strikeouts, six walks and five hits allowed in five innings pitched.
Hans Lund held the Gulls hitless over the final two innings.
Seaside's Ian Dueber pitched a solid seven innings for the Gulls, striking out six with five walks and five hits allowed.
Contributions from newcomers in the Astoria lineup included a run-scoring single from Max Johnson in the second inning; a run-scoring base hit by Marcus Brown in the fifth; and Trevor Puckett's steal of home base in the bottom of the sixth.
Meanwhile, the Gulls had run-scoring singles from Jason Spear and Ryan Sparks.
In the first game, a two-run single from Seaside's Dylan Peters gave the Gulls an early 2-0 lead before Astoria bounced back with nine runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Dane Lund and Mason Brause each had two-run singles, and Jared Rummell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run.
Seaside scored two in the third, highlighted by a double from Peters, but Astoria came right back with seven runs in the bottom of the inning.
Rummell had a ground-rule double to score Brad Sarpola, a Brause single scored Kiefer Lucore, and Sarpola doubled in his second at-bat of the inning to bring in Oscar Carriere and Daniel Mathre.
Astoria Ford has a week off before hosting a doubleheader with Tilla-mook Tuesday.