The Astoria Fishermen had the bats working well Thursday evening at Knappa, as the Fishermen rapped out 14 hits in a 7-5 Junior State baseball win over the Loggers at Teevin Field.

Three Astoria pitchers allowed just three Knappa hits, but the Fishermen found themselves trailing 5-3 after five innings.

Four base hits and a crucial Logger error allowed Astoria to score four runs in the deciding sixth inning, as the Fishermen opened the 2002 summer season with a win.

Ben Poulsen (six strikeouts, three walks) started on the mound for Astoria and worked three solid innings, while teammates Luke Ness and Ryan Kelly split the final four innings. Kelly struck out five batters in the sixth and seventh innings and got the victory.

Starter Kevin Maki pitched well for Knappa, striking out seven with two walks, but the Loggers squandered several scoring opportunities.

Knappa had three baserunners picked off, including one in the seventh, as the Loggers couldn't take advantage of three Astoria walks in the final inning.

The Fishermen stranded 10 runners, but came up with the timely hits to score their runs.

Knappa led 3-0 after two innings, before Astoria's Kyle Bryan delivered a run-scoring double in the third for the first run, then Steven Hess tied it in the fourth, as he bounced a single to left field with the bases loaded, scoring Keenan Borgardt and Kyle Rygg.

The Loggers scored runs on an error and a wild pitch in the fifth for a 5-3 lead, before Astoria's big sixth-inning rally.

With two outs and one runner on base, Bryan, Luke Ness, Anthony Hill and Rygg had consecutive singles.

Bryan's hit scored Andrew Maclean, and the Fishermen took the lead for good when Ness and Bryan scored on a throwing error.

Maki had a single and a double for Knappa, while Hill, Bryan, Rygg, Hess and Ness had two hits apiece for the Fishermen.

Hess, the Astoria catcher, picked off two baserunners. The Fishermen play two games at Clatskanie Tuesday (6 p.m.).

Astoria 7, Knappa 5

Astoria 001 204 0 - 7 14 2

Knappa 300 020 0 - 5 3 1

Poulsen, Ness (4), Kelly (6) and Hess, Harris (4), Hess (7); Maki, Fransen (6) and Barendse. W - Kelly. L - Fransen. RBI - Ast, Bryan 2, Hess 2, Rygg; Kna, Lambert, Barendse. 2B - Ast, Bryan, Hess; Kna, Maki, Barendse. LOB - Astoria 10, Knappa 4. DP - Knappa.

Warrenton 12, Tillamook 8

WARRENTON - Warrenton was scoring early and often in a Junior State baseball contest Thursday afternoon, as the Warriors led 10-1 after two innings on their way to a 12-8 victory over Tillamook at Huddleston Field.

The Warriors scored eight runs on six hits in the first inning, and finished the game with 11 hits off two Tillamook pitchers.

David Stevens started and pitched six innings for Warrenton, striking out five with two walks.

Zach Gantenbein (3-for-3, two walks, three runs scored) led the Warriors at the plate, with Tyler McGrorty and Nate McBride adding two hits apiece.

Nick Tucker pitched the final inning for Warrenton, which plays a doubleheader Tuesday at Neah-Kah-Nie.

Warrenton 12, Tillamook 8

Tillamook 101 400 2 - 8 8 3

Warrenton 820 002 x - 12 11 6

Moore, Simpson (1), Jockers (4) and Bolger; Stevens, Tucker (7) and Beecham, Mullins (4), Beecham (6). W - Stevens. L - Moore. 2B - Til, Moore; War, McGrorty.

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