It was summer fun at Aiken Field Monday night. And what could be better? A pleasant evening, strawberry shortcake, hamburgers on the grill ... and the first no-no of the summer season for the Astoria Ford baseball team.
The honors went to Astoria starter Matt Brause and ace reliever Hans Lund, who combined for 15 strikeouts, with six walks and no hits allowed.
It was all good for a 10-1 victory over McKay on the second day of the Astoria Ford Junior Baseball Fourth of July Tournament.
Action concludes today, with McKay vs. Milwaukie at 2 p.m., followed by Seaside vs. Astoria at 4:30 p.m.
Brause got the win Monday as he worked four solid innings, preceded by one so-so inning.
Astoria Ford's No. 1 pitcher was in trouble early, as he walked the bases full with no outs in the top of the first inning.
McKay scored one run on a passed ball, but Brause came back to strike out two straight, followed by a ground-out to end the inning.
And since it was Brause who got the Fishermen in trouble, it was Brause who brought them out of it with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first that gave Astoria Ford the lead for good.
The Fishermen were spraying the field with base hits (12 in all), including two more home runs (Joey Dursse and Jordan Poyer) and three doubles, two by the hot-hitting Adam Koehnke.
Dursse had a leadoff homer in the third inning, and Poyer had a leadoff shot in the bottom of the sixth for his second home run of the tournament.
Brause threw five innings, striking out 11. Lund pitched the sixth and seventh innings, striking out four, including the side in the top of the seventh.
Milwaukie 10, Seaside 5Milwaukie kept its record perfect in the Astoria Ford Fourth of July Tournament with a 10-5 win over Seaside in Monday's first game.
Following a 9-7 comeback win over Astoria the night before, Milwaukie made it a little easier on themselves in their second game, building a 7-1 lead after three innings.
Milwaukie scored four runs in the third, highlighted by a two-run single from Daniel Brink, and added two runs in the fourth, the first on a solo home run by Evan McGuirk.
Seaside fought back with four runs in the top of the sixth, which included back-to-back doubles from Alec Carlson and Ross Knutsen.
But the two-hour time limit caught up with the Gulls, and the game was halted after 5 1/2 innings.
Nick Chambers had three hits for Milwaukie, while Carlson had two of Seaside's six hits.