The Astoria Fishermen played a little home run derby in their first at-bat, held off a brief rally by Scappoose, then turned things over to reliever Kai Brown the rest of the way in a 13-10 Cowapa League baseball win over the Indians Monday.

Astoria’s victory came just three days after the Fishermen scored a narrow 2-0 win at Scappoose.

Astoria had three home runs in Monday’s game at Ernie Aiken Field (aka, Aiken Launching Pad) – a grand slam by Tony Rudolfi and a two-run shot by Jeramy Poyer, both in the first inning, and another two-run homer from Andrew Bergeson in the third inning.

Scappoose had a seventh inning home run by Steven Johnson.

Astoria scored eight runs in the first inning and two more in the second, after the Indians had seven runs in the top of the second.

After the first two innings – which lasted nearly an hour – both teams turned to their relievers.

For Astoria, Brown took the mound in the top of the third and quickly struck out the side.

Scappoose sophomore Owen Fortney replaced starter Kyle Durvin in the bottom of the third, and had much better luck than Durvin.

Astoria scored a pair of unearned runs in the second, when Carter Wallace reached third on a pair of errors, then scored on a grounder by Poyer.

After two quick outs in the bottom of the third, Cody Fox had a single to center, which was followed by Bergeson’s two-run blast to center field.

Brown finished the game on the mound, allowing just two hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.

“Kai responded really well when we needed him,” said Astoria coach Dave Gasser. “And the difference was – after (the Indians) re-made it a game in the second inning – we had a couple of good at-bats later in the game for a few more runs. And we needed every one of them.”

Astoria junior shortstop Nick Strange continues to make fantastic plays on defense, while also finishing with two base hits Monday.

Poyer drove in three runs for the Fishermen, who improved to 8-2 in league play. Astoria is back in sole possession of first place in the Cowapa (Tillamook defeated Banks 8-2 Monday), while the Indians – who committed five errors – slip to 4-6.

Astoria hosts Yamhill-Carlton (2-8) Wednesday.



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