A Saturday afternoon matinee at Aiken Field turned into one long double feature for Dane Gouge’s Astoria Ford baseball team, which hosted Hillsboro in a nonleague doubleheader.

Hillsboro won a marathon opener, 6-5 in 10 innings, then completed the sweep with a 12-5 victory in Game 2.

The visitors rapped out 18 hits in the two games, which included three straight doubles in the opener and a grand slam in Game 2.

A combined 13 players saw action on the mound, with six pitching changes in Game 1.

Astoria Ford used four different pitchers in the opener, including two freshmen-to-be and a former Warrenton Warrior.

Recent Warrenton graduate Josh Biel pitched in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings for the Fishermen, and took the loss in Game 1, as Hillsboro scored a run with two outs in the top of the 10th when Cody Parmelee sprinted home on an infield single by Brennyn Hobbs.

Biel struck out three batters, walked two and only gave up one hit in his three innings.

Chase Kaplan closed out the contest for the visitors by striking out the side in the bottom of the 10th.

Astoria Ford had rallied from a 5-0 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of four Hillsboro errors.

Joe Brawley had a run-scoring single to bring the Fishermen to within 5-4, and Manny Nelson’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Chris Leonardi with the tying run.

But that would be all the scoring for the Fishermen, who were held scoreless in their final five at-bats.

Fridjtof Fremstad and Leonardi both had a pair of hits in Game 1 for Astoria Ford, which was limited to five hits in the opener and six in Game 2.

Leonardi started the second game on the mound, and pitched three innings, with three strikeouts and a walk.

“Chris pitched very well,” said Astoria Ford coach Dave Gasser. “I thought it was his best outing of the year. We didn’t help him out, so the score wasn’t really reflective of how he pitched. We had some errors and other problems, but he kept pitching, kept competing.”

Hillsboro overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring twice on Astoria errors in the top of the second, which was followed by a grand slam from Dylan Frederick for a 6-1 lead.

Astoria Ford plays a single game at 6 p.m. tonight at Rainier.

Game 1

Hillsboro 6,

Astoria Ford 5

Hillsboro 011 030 000 1—6 8 4

Astoria Ford 000 050 000 0—5 5 4

Hobbs, Hobbs (5), Staub (9), Kaplan (10) and Mitzel; N.Strange, Fremstad (6), Biel (8), Englund (10) and Helmersen. W: Staub. L: Biel. RBI: Hil, Richman 2, Frederick, Kaplan; AF, Fremstad, Scott, Brawley, Nelson. 2B: Hil, Frederick 2, Richman, Kaplan; AF, Leonardi. LOB: Hillsboro 10, Astoria Ford 4. HBP: Hil, Mitzel, Mandelblatt; AF, Cope, Brawley.

Game 2

Hillsboro 12,

Astoria Ford 5

Hillsboro 071 3 1—12 10 1

Astoria Ford 103 1 0—5 6 3

Richman, Staub (4) and Mitzel; Leonardi, Wallace (4), Englund (5) and Nelson. W: Richman. L: Leonardi. RBI: Hil, Frederick 4, Hobbs, Staub, Parmelee; AF, Nelson 2, Leonardi, Wallace. 2B: Hil, Hobbs, Hobbs; AF, N.Strange. HR: Hil, Frederick. LOB: Hillsboro 8, Astoria Ford 7. HBP: Hil, Parmelee, Staub, Frederick.


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