The Astoria softball team scored all their runs in the first inning, and the Rainier Columbians scored all theirs in the third.
The only difference was, the Fishermen scored one run on two hits in the first, while the Columbians scored 11 runs on 11 hits in the third. And that was plenty for an 11-1 Rainier win Thursday afternoon at Tapiola Park, in a Cowapa League opener for both teams.
Astoria's first two batters of the game - Kim Russell and CeeCee Wills - reached base on a double and a single, respectively, with Russell scoring on Wills' base hit to center.
From there, it was all downhill for the Fishermen, who hit the ball hard all day, but finished with just five hits off Rainier pitcher Megan Pruitt.
The Columbians had 11 of their 12 hits in the third inning, when they sent 15 batters to the plate.
Rachel White was the first, and the left-hander sliced a double down the left field line, then scored an on inside-the-park home run by Sarah Crawford, who had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Columbians.
Later in the third inning, Rainier's Mackenzie Mullins drew a walk, and Tasha Smith and Pruitt followed with back-to-back singles.
Amber Getzlaff, White and Crawford all had run-scoring singles, and Megan Benson's base hit to left brought in two runs.
Smith capped the scoring with a double down the left field line that scored Mullins from first.
The Fishermen appeared to be on their way to a big fourth inning when Wills singled to center, Alisha Nieman reached on an error, and Tara Johnson had a single to right. But Wills overran third on the play and was tagged out, and the Columbians used a force-out and a ground-out to end the inning.
Gallegos pitched the final two innings for Astoria, striking out one with no hits and no walks.
Astoria (4-5 overall) plays at Tillamook Tuesday.
Tillamook 15, Seaside 2GEARHART - Tillamook pounded out 17 hits in five innings Thursday, and the Cheesemakers left town with a 15-2 win over Seaside in a Cowapa League softball opener at Norway Field.
Tillamook's Molly Bedford and Natalie Runkle each went 4-for-4 at the plate, and each scored four runs with three RBIs. Runkle had three triples to lead the attack.
Seaside committed five errors to help the Cheesemakers, who led 11-2 after three innings.
Sophomore Debra Bohren pitched the complete game for the Mooks, allowing five hits. D.J. Koch had a double for the Gulls, and Jeannie Pfund and Amanda Lowenberg each had RBI singles.
The Gulls play at Banks Tuesday.
Scappoose 17, Banks 12SCAPPOOSE - The Scappoose softball team scored 14 runs in its final three at-bats Thursday, as the Indians got past Banks 17-12 in a Cowapa Leagueopener at Scappoose.
Ashley LaLande went 4-for-5 and scored four runs for the Indians, while sisters Lynette and Tanya Karp each went 3-for-5. Scappoose had 21 hits to Banks' 17.
BaseballAstoria 8, Rainier 0RAINIER - Astoria scored two runs in the first inning and three in the third, and cruised from there for an 8-0 Cowapa League baseball win at Rainier Thursday.
Ryan Kelly went the distance on the mound, giving up five hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.
The Fishermen took advantage of 10 free passes from three Rainier pitchers, while Luke Ness, Henry Brause and Kelly all had two hits apiece.
Kelly had a two-run home run in the third inning and Brause added a two-run double in the sixth.
Astoria's Sean Fabela was just 1-for-1 at the plate, but drew three walks.
"The top of the order really did the damage for us tonight," said Astoria coach Ralph Steinback, whose team improves to 9-2 overall. "Sean did a great job at the plate, being real patient."
The Fishermen host Tillamook Tuesday.
In other Cowapa League action, Banks defeated Scappoose 11-5.
Tillamook 3, Seaside 0TILLAMOOK - Tillamook opened Cowapa League baseball play in stunning fashion Thursday, as the Cheesemakers knocked off Seaside 3-0 at Tillamook.
Tillamook pitcher K.C. Seeger allowed just four hits, while the Mooks collected seven hits off Seaside's Vito Cerelli. Tillamook catcher Jared Beeler went 2-for-3 to lead the Cheesemakers.
Tillamook opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first, then added a run in the third.
Seeger kept the Gulls scoreless to pick up the complete-game victory.
Seaside (7-3 overall, 0-1 in league) is scheduled to host Banks Tuesday.