Astoria's Matt Brause may have locked up Cowapa League Player of the Year honors Tuesday, tossing a no-hitter in a 10-0 baseball win over Scappoose at Aiken Field.
The Fishermen needed just five innings - or 70 minutes - to dispose of the Indians, with Brause throwing just 45 pitches.
The junior hurler struck out five batters, while Astoria scored at least one run in every inning. The Fishermen had 11 hits off two Scappoose pitchers, including a 3-for-3 day for Brendan Landwehr.
Joey Dursse, Travis Wesely and Landwehr all had a double.
The Fishermen (11-1) now hold a three-game lead over Banks (8-4) with three games to play. The Braves host a doubleheader with Astoria Friday.
Seaside 12, Tillamook 9TILLAMOOK - A seventh-inning slugfest resulted in a 12-9 win for Seaside Tuesday at Tillamook.
The Gulls (6-6, tied with Rainier for third) held a 5-4 lead entering the final inning, when they scored seven runs to grab a 12-4 lead. Jon Gizdavich had a three-run double in the inning.
Tillamook rallied for five runs in the bottom of the inning before Seaside's Justin Rutz closed the door on the Mooks.
Dylan Ford led Seaside's 11-hit attack with three hits and five RBIs, including two doubles.
Sal Oros started and had 13 strikeouts for the Gulls.
Loggers sweepCLATSKANIE - The Northwest League title will come down to one doubleheader, Friday at Portland Christian.
While the Royals (13-3) were sweeping Portland Lutheran Tuesday (20-4 and 31-1), the Knappa Loggers (12-4) were busy wrapping up a twinbill sweep at Clatskanie, 7-4 and 5-4. Warrenton is third in the league standings at 11-5.
Knappa ended the day in dramatic fashion, as a bases-loaded beanball to Jordan Strickland forced in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 2.
The Loggers nearly let the game slip away, as a 4-0 lead went by the board when Clatskanie's Kyle Sloderbeck blasted a grand slam home run in the third inning.
The game was tied at 4-4 through six innings, before Strickland's walk-off hit-by-pitch.
Sean Ferguson came on in relief of Gary Aho with no outs in the sixth inning and struck out two batters with runners at second and third.
"Sean came in and won that game for us," said Knappa coach Jeff Miller. "He was throwing nothing but strikes. Both he and Gary had good command."
Knappa built a 6-3 lead after four innings of Game 1, highlighted by Aho's solo home run in the second inning and a two-run homer by Aho in the third.
Derek Jacobson added a run-scoring double in the fourth, and Ferguson got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to clinch the win.
Tyler Brace had a two-run single in the third inning to give the Tigers a brief 2-1 lead.
SoftballSeaside 7, Tillamook 4GEARHART - The Seaside softball team broke out the bats Tuesday afternoon at home as the Gulls racked up 12 hits in a 7-4 Cowapa League softball win over Tillamook.
Seaside had seven of its 12 hits in a five-run third inning, in which Brenna Archibald had a double for one of her two hits.
Ilsa McEwan went the distance on the mound, allowing 10 hits with three strikeouts and four walks. She also had two hits and two RBIs at the plate.
Scappoose 13, Astoria 2SCAPPOOSE - With a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning, Astoria had hopes of an upset Tuesday at Scappoose. That was until the Indians scored 12 runs in the bottom of the fourth, on their way to a 13-2 win over the Fishermen.
Astoria had taken a one-run lead in the top of the inning on a two-run double by Elizabeth Coggins that scored Amanda Jones and Miranda Abrahams.
Taren Darr had a three-run triple for the Indians in the bottom of the fourth, and Catherine Tardif added a three-run double.
Clatskanie 10, Knappa 0CLATSKANIE - Clatskanie pitchers Courtney Sherman and Brittany Moya held Knappa to just one hit Tuesday, helping the Tigers post a 10-0 win over the Loggers.
Megumi Yamashita had the lone hit for Knappa, which committed five errors in the five-inning game.
TrackFinal Cowapa tune-upBANKS - The Cowapa League schools met at Banks Tuesday for a final track tuneup before next week's league meet at Seaside.
No team scoring was kept in Tuesday's meet.
While Seaside had wins from Dennis Olstedt (110-meter hurdles) and Bjorn McCord (shot put), Astoria collected its usual victories from Laura Bobek in the shot (41 feet, 4 inches) and discus (133-2) and Hilary O'Bryan in the high jump (5-0).
Freshman Charlene Harber tried a new event, and won the 100 meters in 12.90 seconds over Tillamook's Melissa Waud.
For the Fishermen boys, Kyle McMullen won the triple jump (42-41?2), Justin Roberts took the high jump (5-10) and Alex Whitaker had a toss of 47-6 for second in the shot put.