The Astoria baseball team - with nearly two weeks remaining in the league season - closed in on a Cowapa League title Wednesday, with a 14-4 win over Yamhill-Carlton at a soggy, windy Aiken Field.

The Fishermen improve to 10-0 in league play, with eight of their 10 wins coming by the five-inning, 10-run mercy rule. Astoria can lock up the Cowapa title Friday at Seaside.

Astoria broke Wednesday's game open with four runs in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by a two-run homer from Brendan Landwehr.

Jordan Poyer added a solo home run and a run-scoring sacrifice fly, while Matt Brause, Gabe Davis, Adam Koehnke and Tom Jaworski had two hits apiece.

"I'll be honest - we're really swinging the bats right now," said Astoria coach Dave Gasser, whose team is on a 16-game win streak. "These guys are working as hard as anybody. They love working in the batting cage and they pride themselves on the way they practice.

"They love taking ground balls and working on the fundamentals of the game," he said. "It's a good group of kids."

Nick Bredleau started and picked up the win for Astoria, improving his league record to 4-0 on the mound. Poyer came on in the fifth inning to record the final outs.

Wednesday's Seaside at Scappoose contest was postponed, and has been rescheduled for today.


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