YAMHILL — Three days after scoring a huge comeback win against Banks, the Astoria Fishermen nearly pulled off another rally at Yamhill-Carlton Friday – only to come up short, as the Tigers scored an 8-5 upset Cowapa League baseball win.

Yamhill built a 7-0 lead through three innings before the Fishermen could answer with two runs in the fourth, highlighted by a Tony Rudolfi single that scored Evan Cain.

The Tigers tacked on a run in the sixth for an 8-2 lead.

Astoria saved its best inning for last, as Ryan Johnson led off the seventh with a single and came in on a two-run homer by Conor Harber.

Dillon Smith drew a walk and Jeramy Poyer reached on a single before the Tigers were able to turn a double play for the first two outs.

Andrew Bergeson followed with a single to score Smith, but that’s where the comeback ended, as Yamhill reliever Kyle Davis was able to get out of the inning.

The Fishermen had nine hits to Yamhill’s six, but the Fishermen committed four errors and stranded nine base runners.

Astoria (9-3) still has a half-game lead over Scappoose (8-3) in the league standings. The Fishermen have three games this week, beginning with Tillamook today at home. The Indians have four games remaining.


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