The Banks and Astoria baseball teams played on the same field Wednesday afternoon ... other than that, that's about the only thing the two teams had in common.

Although technically, it was a come-from-behind victory for the Fishermen at Ernie Aiken Field.

The Braves led 1-0 after one inning before Astoria took the lead with two runs in the second inning, then tacked on 16 insurance runs in their next two at-bats for an 18-1 win - their 12th victory in a row this year, and 31st straight league win.

Astoria senior Taylor Landwehr faced just 16 batters in the five-inning contest. He struck out 13, walked one and gave up a home run. Another grounded into a force out play.

Mike Nowak of Banks led off the second inning with a solo homer to left field for the Braves' lone run before Landwehr retired 12 of the next 13 batters.

On the other side, four Banks pitchers walked 13 with no strikeouts, and gave up nine hits.

A 12-run third inning for Astoria was a disaster for the Banks pitching staff, which walked nine batters in the inning and hit another.

The Fishermen scored twice on bases loaded walks, and had another three runs score on wild pitches.

Offensively, Garrett Puckett led Astoria with a single and a double and three RBIs. Landwehr and Jacob Davis both had a pair of singles with two RBIs.

Astoria has now outscored Banks 151-9 since 2006. The two teams are scheduled to square off again today at Banks.


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