Don Anderson

Looking strong and efficient, the Seaside boysÂ’ varsity baseball team easily defeated a tame Banks team on Friday 9-2 at Broadway Field. The Gulls came out of the gates quickly, getting a hit and a run in the first inning, followed by a hit and a run in the second, where Dylan Peters scored off a sacrifice fly by Andy Pittard.

In the third, Peters got a three RBI double and then stole home to make the score 6-0. Banks finally got some offense going in the fourth inning scoring one run, or possibly two depending on whom one talked to. After a force out at home, Seaside catcher Jeremy Carow dropped the ball well after the play was over. Initially the home plate umpire called the Banks runner out, but then changed his mind. First Banks was not given the point, they they were, but finally, as both team agreed there was not a run scored Banks was only given one run in the fourth. For the Gulls, Ryan Sparks scored after two field errors on the Braves left in perfect position.

The Braves managed another run in the fifth, but that was to be their only scoring on the day. In the sixth, Ian Dueber had a double, followed by a base hit by Jeremy Carow and Mitch DeGandi. The last two runs for the Gulls came in the sixth, following the excellent hitting. Coming up from the JV team, Joel Slovak did an convincing job of pitching for the Gulls and had the win for the game.

On Tuesday the luck did not run with the Gulls, however, as they met their north coast nemesis, the Astoria Fishermen at Ernie Aiken Field in Astoria. Seaside was not able to get any offense going and Astoria pitcher Max Johnson had nine strikeouts in the five inning game. Seaside ended up losing 14-0. Meanwhile the Fishermen had 12 hits and were able to rest their bullpen for the upcoming state tournament. A large crowd turned out for the game, supporting the Fishermen team who won the Cowapa League Championship and are current favorites to win the upcoming state championship.