The clouds parted (mostly) just long enough for a nonleague baseball doubleheader Thursday afternoon at Ernie Aiken Field - the first action the field has seen since March 18.
In the opener, the Astoria Fishermen dispatched Rainier 14-1 in five innings; and the Knappa Loggers finished off the Columbians 8-1 in a rain-shortened Game 2.
Astoria's game with Rainier had originally been scheduled for Tuesday at Rainier, while the Loggers had been scheduled to play at Rainier Monday.
The Fish set the tone early for Thursday's opener as Marcus Brown led off the bottom of the first with a double to the wetlands in right field.
Dane Lund reached on an error, and both runners scored on a line drive single by Max Johnson, who later scored on a grounder by Keifer Lucore.
Almost everything the Fishermen hit was on a line, including singles by Conor Harber and Lund in the second inning. Brown was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Marc Gallegos cleared 'em all with a three-run double to center field.
The onslaught continued in the third inning, as Lucore had a leadoff single, followed by back-to-back doubles from Garrett Puckett and Harber, whose double to center brought in two runs for an 8-0 lead.
Harber raced home on a single by Brown, Gallegos drove in two more with a double, and a sacrifice fly by Ian Erickson made it 12-0.
A triple by Gallegos scored Brown and capped a two-run inning, and gave Gallegos his sixth RBI of the day, as he finished with a single, double and a triple.
On the mound, Taylor Landwehr pitched all five innings, allowing two hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Astoria had 15 hits in four at-bats, including eight doubles.
Weather permitting, Astoria will host Mark Morris for a single game Saturday, first pitch at 1 p.m.
Knappa 8, Rainier 1Rainier took another pounding in the second game, as Knappa built a seven-run lead through four innings.
Aaron Zweber had the highlight offensively with a solo blast over the center-field fence in the fourth inning.
On the mound, Trevor Oja started and allowed four hits with five strikeouts and no walks in five innings. Cody Strickland threw the sixth, before the game was called because of rain in the bottom of the sixth.
Logger freshman Kyle Kelly was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, and Dalton Kelly reached base three times (two walks, hit by pitch) and had three steals with three runs scored.
Knappa is scheduled to play at Vernonia today.
Seaside 3-11, Clatskanie 2-6CLATSKANIE - Seaside won a pitcher's dual in Game 1 (3-2), then pounded out an 11-6 victory in Game 2 for a doubleheader baseball sweep at Clatskanie Thursday.
Nick Nelson pitched a solid five innings in the opener, striking out nine with one walk. Joel Slovak finished to pick up the save.
The Gulls grabbed the lead in the fifth inning on a two-run triple by Brook Johnson, who went 2-for-2.
In the nightcap, Jason Spear pitched five innings before turning it over to Ian Dueber, as Seaside was sparked by a three-run homer from Erik Knutsen. Ryan Sparks was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Ian Hawksford was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Warrenton 4-3, Tillamook 5-4TILLAMOOK - Tillamook scored a pair of walk-off wins over Warrenton Thursday, as the two teams battled in a nonleague twinbill at Tillamook. The games were originally slated to be played at Warrenton.
Tillamook's Joe Rocha had a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth in Game 1, helping the Cheesemakers to a 5-4 win; and an infield single by Tillamook in the bottom of the fifth ended Game 2, which was halted by darkness after five innings.
The Warriors had seven hits off Tillamook pitchers Kaze Munoz and Nathan Seaholm in the opener, but Adam Smith had two doubles and the Mooks collected 11 hits off Warrenton's Reese Johnson and Billy Kerr. Johnson struck out seven with two walks, and Kerr took the loss.
Warrenton held a 4-3 lead going to the bottom of the ninth, and recorded two quick outs before giving up a walk, a single and a hit batter, before Smith delivered the two-run single to win it.
Tillamook's Josh Rodrigues had a double and a triple in Game 2, while Timber Klahn allowed just two Warrenton hits.
The Warriors are scheduled to host Dayton at 3 p.m. for a doubleheader Tuesday.