Astoria 11, Vernonia 1The Astoria softball team continued its tour through the Northwest League with an 11-1 win over Vernonia Friday afternoon at Tapiola Park.

Astoria had just two base runners through the first two innings, then scored six runs in the third and fourth to pull away.

Freshman pitcher Alex Hillard had her best outing of the young season for the Fishermen. She was perfect through four innings, striking out the side in the top of the fourth.

Hillard lost her no-hitter in the sixth, when Kerstin Brixey singled with one out. But the Fishermen led 10-0 by then as they collected six runs off three singles, three walks and a hit batter in the third inning.

Sierra Earl and Rose Tollefson each drove in a run with singles, and Nicole McBride's two-run single made it 6-0.

Tollefson had a two-run single in the fourth, and a single by Laura Posey brought in Alicia Nieman for a 10-0 advantage.

McBride and Tollefson each had three runs batted in, while Hillard allowed just one hit with 11 strikeouts and four walks.

Rainier 15, Warrenton 5RAINIER - Rainier built a 12-0 lead after three innings on its way to a 15-5 win over visiting Warrenton Friday afternoon in a nonleague softball game.

The Warriors managed to push across two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth before the Columbians ended the game in the sixth inning.

Warrenton's Sarah Kelley was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, while Keira Holthusen was 2-for-3. Trista Anderson also had a pair of hits.

Kaylie Mohning led Rainier with three hits (single, double and a triple) and three runs scored. Megan Pruitt went the distance on the mound, allowing eight hits with seven strikeouts.

BaseballVernonia 7, Astoria 6A four-run fifth inning helped Vernonia score a 7-6 nonleague win over Astoria Friday at Aiken Field.

The Fishermen had two-run home runs from Sean Walker and Mike Gallegos in the second and third innings, respectively, to build a 4-2 lead, before the Loggers scored four in the fifth on an error, two hit batters and three singles.

Astoria had runners at first and third in the bottom of the seventh, but failed to score.

Gulls win two at Grant-UnionJOHN DAY - The Seaside baseball team opened the 2005 season with a 6-2 win over Oakland Friday at the Grant Union Tournament, then followed with a 14-4 victory over Molalla before losing to Grant Union Saturday, 8-1.

The Gulls had two stellar pitching performances in Friday's games as Daniel Terranova shut down Oakland, allowing just three hits with 15 strikeouts and no walks.

Terranova also went 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored, while Justin Rutz had a two-run single in the first inning.

Derek Spivey (four strikeouts, no walks) picked up the win against Molalla when the Gulls rapped out 17 hits in six innings.

Terranova was 3-for-4 with a triple and four runs scored, and teammate Pat Latham went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two doubles. Ryan Spivey was 3-for-4 and Ross Knutsen added a double.

Grant Union jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings in Saturday's game. Latham struck out six and walked six, while John Knutsen had a double in the fifth inning.

Knappa splitsPRAIRIE CITY - After a season-opening loss to Astoria, the Knappa baseball team rebounded by winning three of four games on a two-day road trip to Eastern Oregon over the weekend.

After splitting games at Sherman County Friday (1-5, 8-1), the Loggers closed out the trip with a 15-0, 16-5 sweep at Prairie City Saturday.

Knappa pitcher Sean Ferguson threw a perfect game in Saturday's opener, striking out 12 of the 15 batters he faced. He threw just 56 pitches in the five-inning game.

For the day, Knappa's Derek Jacobson was 6-for-7 with seven RBIs on two doubles, a triple and three home runs, including two in the first game.

Dana Barendse had a home run in Game 1, and Jacobson was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and a home run in Game 2.

Brian Anderson picked up the win in the second game.

In Friday's action, Knappa lost the opener to Sherman County, but Jacobson and Gary Aho only gave up two hits on the mound. The Loggers committed three errors in the field.

Knappa bounced back in Game 2 with a complete game from Nick Bryan, who struck out seven and allowed four hits.

The Loggers were led by Jordan Shear (3-for-4, two RBIs), while Ferguson, Barendse, Jacobson and Robert Rankin all had two hits apiece. Bryan also had a double at the plate.

Rainier 8, Portland Christian 0RAINIER - Rainier pitchers Nick Byrd and Chad Andrews combined on a two-hitter and struck out 12 batters to lead the Columbians to an 8-0 win over Portland Christian Friday.

Andrews was 3-for-4 at the plate and allowed just one hit over five innings pitched, while Rainier (3-0) collected nine hits off the Royals' Charlie Antal.

Warrenton is rained outWarrenton's doubleheader at Regis Saturday was rained out, and has been rescheduled for April 23 (doubleheader beginning at noon).

GolfGulls finish fourthTHE DALLES - Competing in a 12-team field that featured nine 4A schools, the Seaside boys golf team placed fourth in the team standings at The Dalles Invitational Friday.

The Gulls carded a 335 to finish behind Wilson (319), Pendleton (323) and Hermiston (331). Oregon City (349) was fifth.

Seaside's Flynn Jiroudek birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff between four players to earn the sixth-place medal. Jiroudek's score of 80 was the low score for the Gulls, while only five of the 60 golfers competing scored under 80.

Also scoring for Seaside was Chris Huong (82), Joel Bletscher (86), Hunter Solt (87) and Sean Hamer (90).

Aaron Puzey of Hermiston won a playoff with Wilson's Armen Kirakossian to win medalist honors, as each shot a four-over par 75.

"This is a good tournament to open the season for us," said Seaside coach Jim Poetsch. "There is good competition and a course that really penalizes bad shots. The Dalles Country Club can be a real tough course when the winds get whipping in the afternoon."

Seaside will compete in the Fish Invitational March 28 at the Astoria Golf & Country Club.

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