TILLAMOOK - Thirteen runs on 13 hits, for their 13th straight victory.

The Astoria Fishermen are anything but unlucky, however, as they moved one step closer to the inevitable Friday afternoon at Tillamook, cruising past the Cheesemakers 13-2 in a five-inning Cowapa League baseball game.

With the victory, Astoria improves to 11-0 in league play, with four league games remaining.

Next up for the Fishermen - a home game, Monday, vs. Scappoose. A win would clinch a fourth straight league title.

And despite having their string of scoreless innings snapped at 31, the Fishermen are riding a big wave of confidence right now, with 13 straight victories since a 4-3 loss at 6A Southridge April 3. Nine of the 13 wins have come by 10 runs or more.

On a more personal level, Astoria has outscored Tillamook 35-2 in three games.

"I don't know what it is about Tillamook - we just show up here and we swing it," said Astoria coach Dave Gasser. "We're 12-0 against them in four years, and I think we've had 10 runs in every game."

With a little over one week of regular season play remaining, Gasser said the Fishermen are firing on all cylinders.

One concern going into the season was a young infield, but as Gasser said, "we couldn't be any better than we are right now. We're just so consistent. I can't remember the last time we didn't play a ground ball. It's been awhile.

"The kids have worked really hard, trying to develop their skill level, and it's paying off pretty good."

Astoria shortstop Marc Gallegos had three hits in Friday's win, and the Fishermen leadoff hitter reached base in all four at-bats.

"I'm seeing the ball real well, and everyone's getting on base, so I have a lot of opportunities for RBI's," Gallegos said.

Defensively, "we're playing real good," he said. "The pitchers have been getting a lot of easy balls for us, and we're trying to make it easy for them.

"We (the infielders) have all been playing together for a long time, so it's one of those things where it just clicks. We want to play for our pitchers."

Astoria had back-to-back six-run innings Friday to open up a 13-0 lead after four innings.

Starting pitcher Taylor Landwehr allowed six hits (three in the fifth inning), while striking out four with no walks. That's a ratio that Gasser will take any day.

"Our strikeout-to-walk ratio - which is real important in high school ball - is good, because it's hard to play errorless," in the field, he said. "I don't know what to say, other than we're really playing good."

Astoria's Jacob Davis had a leadoff single in the third inning, and Gallegos, Dane Lund and Jordan Poyer followed with three straight doubles.

Marcus Brown had a single and later scored, and Landwehr capped the inning with a single to score Ian Erickson.

Astoria's RBI machine, Mason Brause, drove in four runs, which included a monstrous three-run homer in the fourth inning.

After a pitching change, Max Johnson and Brown drew walks, then both scored on a triple to the fence by Erickson.

"The wind was blowing in, so it was kind of a goofy environment, but we adjusted pretty good," said Gasser, who picked up his 624th career victory. "There were a lot of really good things we did offensively. We were heads up baserunning, three or four doubles in a row ... it kind of got contagious."

Astoria 13, Tillamook 2

Astoria 106 60-13 13 1

Tillamook 000 02-2 6 1

Landwehr and Lund; Prince, Munoz (4) and Slibsager. W: Landwehr. L: Prince. RBI: Ast, Brause 4, Poyer 2, Lund 2, Erickson 2, Landwehr, Davis; Til, Atchison, Seaholm. 2B: Ast, Gallegos, Lund, Poyer. 3B: Ast, Erickson. HR: Ast, Brause. LOB: Astoria 6, Tillamook 3. HBP: Til, Rodrigues.

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