The Astoria Fishermen shook off the rust a little quicker than the Warrenton Warriors Tuesday afternoon as the two teams returned to Junior State baseball action for the first time in 12 days.

Astoria used big innings in both games of a doubleheader to sweep past the Warriors at Aiken Field, 7-2 and 5-4. Only Game 1 counted in the league standings.

Warrenton coach Lennie Wolfe called the opener a "defensive adventure" for his team, which committed six errors in the field and stranded nine base runners.

The Fishermen, meanwhile, played errorless defense and picked up a solid effort (five strikeouts, one walk) from Mathias Brause on the mound.

Three of Astoria's seven hits went for extra bases, including back-to-back, run-scoring doubles from Brent Culver and Brause in the bottom of the third inning.

The Fishermen scored three runs in the third and two more in the fourth on Kye Johnson's single to right field.

Kevin Berry pitched the sixth and seventh innings to earn the save. Tyler Collier, Michael Moore and Dan Wolfe had two hits apiece for the Warriors, who slip to 2-3 in league play and host Knappa Thursday.

Astoria (2-2, at Tillamook Thursday) scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in Game 2 for a 5-4 win.

Eric Gantenbein had given the Warriors a 4-0 lead through 51/2 innings, as Warrenton's starting pitcher belted a solo home run in the fourth and a two-run double in the sixth.

Astoria's Andy Ames led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run to spark a big rally.

A single by Brause drove in Thomas Jaworski, Brause scored on a double by Brendan Landwehr, Landwehr came home on a single from Hans Lund, and Jared Rummell drove in Lund with the go-ahead run.

Jaworski pitched the final 12/3 innings for the win.

In Junior State baseball nonaction Tuesday, Ilwaco forfeited a doubleheader to Knappa, and Tillamook at Seaside was postponed. No reschedule date has been set.


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