The final numbers on Astoria's amazing Cowapa League baseball season: 15 wins, no losses; six shutouts; 10 mercy-rule wins; 201 runs scored, 22 runs allowed.

After basically locking up the league title some four weeks ago, the Fishermen put the finishing touches on their perfect 15-0 league season with a 17-0 win over Yamhill-Carlton, Monday at Aiken Field.

It was Astoria's 22nd straight victory, and 28th straight league win going back to last year.

With one more nonleague game remaining (Wednesday vs. Marist, at Linfield College), the Fishermen can now begin to focus on another state championship run.

Their first-round opponent will be South Umpqua, May 22 at Aiken Field (time to be announced).

The Tigers, meanwhile, finish a distant second in the Cowapa standings at 8-7.

By the time Yamhill's leadoff batter came up for his second at-bat in Monday's game, the Fishermen held a 14-0 lead and had batted through their lineup three times.

Astoria set the tone in the first inning with a leadoff home run from Brent Culver, then increased the volume in the second inning with a run-scoring double from Tom Jaworski and a three-run homer for Adam Koehnke.

Culver had another leadoff home run in the third, followed minutes later by a two-run blast from Matt Brause.

Brause has not lost a game in two years, as Astoria's No. 1 pitcher cruised through five innings with eight strikeouts and just two hits allowed.

Koehnke had a single, a triple and a home run for the Fishermen, who had 12 hits and eight different players drive in runs.


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