AURORA - The Astoria Fishermen picked up another big pre-season win Thursday afternoon, as the Fish knocked off North Marion 19-2 in six innings in a nonleague contest in Aurora.
It was big because the Huskies were 4-1 coming into the game, with wins over La Grande, Baker and Philomath, and a 15-3 victory over defending state champion Newport.
Astoria pitcher Taylor Landwehr gave up an early run, but went on to strike out 11 batters with just one walk and four hits allowed.
"He's good, there's no question about it," Astoria coach Dave Gasser said of Landwehr. "He's really come into his own, and that's kind of what we're expecting this year. He was at 90 pitches at the end, and still had some pop."
North Marion led 1-0 after one inning, but the lead did not last. The Fishermen scored on a double steal in the second and Jordan Poyer sprinted home on a wild pitch for a 2-1 advantage in the third.
Mason Brause scored on a single by Ian Erickson in the fifth, followed moments later by a two-run single from Jacob Davis, which brought in Marcus Brown and Erickson.
Still not finished in the fifth, Dane Lund lined a two-run single that scored Davis and Jacob Golden, and Max Johnson made it 11-2 with a base hit that brought in Marc Gallegos and Lund.
And Poyer delivered the exclamation point in the sixth, with a grand slam for his first hit of the season. Brown had a run-scoring double later in the sixth, and Erickson made it an eight-run inning with a two-run single.
"North Marion's lefty (Joe Piercy) was effective at first, then he started to tire a little," Gasser said. "We pretty much hit up and down the lineup."
Astoria returns to action today with a doubleheader at La Salle (noon).
In the Les Schwab Classic at John Day, Taft defeated Seaside, 6-4.
Dayton sweeps WarriorsDAYTON - Eleven errors on the day did not help the Warrenton baseball team Thursday, as Dayton swept past the Warriors 11-1 and 9-8 in a nonleague baseball doubleheader.
Tyler Miller had the lone hit in Game 1 for Warrenton, which committed seven errors in the opener.
The Warriors held an 8-1 lead in Game 2, before Dayton scored five runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to take the lead.
Warrenton's Josh Wheatley had a double and went 3-for-3.
Knappa 22, Dufur 1STANFIELD - The Knappa baseball team began its annual road trip to Eastern Oregon with an easy 22-1 win over Dufur, Thursday afternoon at Stanfield.
The Loggers scored five runs in the first and added eight in the second, four in the third and five in the fourth to score the five-inning victory.
Dallas Oja led a 14-hit attack with seven RBIs on three hits, which included two triples and a double. Teammate Bryan Sablan went 2-for-2 with a double and four RBIs, Brady Leach drove in three runs, and Trevor Oja had two hits and scored three runs.
Knappa pitchers Cody Strickland, Dallas Oja, Dalton Kelly and Scotty Lambert combined to limit Dufur to five hits.
The Loggers return to action today vs. White Salmon (11 a.m.) and Stanfield (5 p.m.).
Naselle 12, Ocosta 1OCOSTA, Wash. - Naselle improved to 2-0 with a nonleague baseball win over Ocosta Thursday, 12-1.
Nathan Sultemeier and Nick Hines combined to throw a no-hitter for the Comets, with Sultemeier finishing with nine strikeouts and two walks over five innings.
Logan Scrabeck, Jesus Martinez and Gabe See all had two hits apiece for Naselle, with Scrabeck scoring three runs with two RBIs.
In his first varsity game, See went 2-for-2 with a double.
Track: Cramer wins for WarriorsILWACO, Wash. - Warrenton's Matt Cramer was a triple winner Thursday afternoon at Ilwaco High School, as the Warrior senior cleared 5-2 to win the high jump, and swept the hurdle events, winning the 110-meter race in 17.97, and taking the 300-meter hurdles in 44.70.
Warrior teammate Cody Patterson also had a big day, winning the long jump (18-1) and triple jump (38-8), while recording the second-best time in the 100 meters (12.11).
Warrenton freshman Justin Sleutel won the 3,200 meters in 11:26.30.
On the girls' side, Warrenton senior Jordane Marxer won the triple jump (33-2), and took third in the 200 meters (29.20).
Teammate Claire Ogren had a toss of 89-8 for second in the javelin.