By the time Seaside's leadoff batter made his second plate appearance in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader, the Astoria Fishermen had sent 25 batters to the plate and held a 14-1 lead.
And so it went in the first game of the twinbill at Ernie Aiken Field. The Astoria Junior State baseball team swept past the Gulls, 17-2 and 10-8.
As far as Astoria coach Tim Lambert was concerned, the day produced mixed results.
"Neither one was very pretty," said Lambert, whose team picked up its first summer league win. Seaside drops to 1-2. "We hit the ball well. We jumped on them in the first game, and the second game we were kind of streaky. We picked up at the end."
The opener was technically a come-from-behind win for the Fishermen, who trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the first inning.
The Gulls' lead was quickly erased, however. Astoria's Andy Ames opened the bottom of the first with a single, took second on an error, stole third and scored on a double steal.
Brent Culver had a pair of doubles and four RBIs in Game 1, the first on a double to right field that scored Thomas Jaworski. Brendan Landwehr added a run-scoring single later in the inning for a 5-1 lead.
Astoria pitcher Mathias Brause struck out the side in the top of the second, and the Fishermen tacked on nine more runs, highlighted by a two-run single from Sam Johnson and a three-run double by Culver.
The Gulls committed six errors, while the Fishermen took advantage of eight walks to go with their 11 hits in the opener. Landwehr had a pair of hits and two RBIs.
Brause pitched three innings to pick up the win, allowing four hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Kevin Berry pitched the final two innings.
"The pitching was good," Lambert said. "Sammie (Johnson) struggled at the beginning of the second game, but it's been a while since he's thrown.
"Unfortunately it will be hard to get into a rhythm with no games next week," he said. "We've got the Gold Beach (football camp) next week, so we finally get these pitchers going again, and now they take a week off."
Astoria won Thursday's noncounting Game 2 in more dramatic fashion.
After falling behind 8-1, the Fish scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by a two-run single from Johnson and a run-scoring double by Oscar Carriere.
The Seaside lead disappeared in the fifth when Landwehr doubled to score Berry with the tying run, and Berry's two-run single in the sixth brought in Jaworski and Hans Lund with the go-ahead runs.
"The freshmen started hitting the ball in the second game," Lambert said. "We have a lot of freshmen, and as good as they are, they still make freshmen mistakes. But that's why we do the summer ball - they'll get better."
LONG BEACH, Wash. - Ryan Garcia's double down the left field line in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Paul Blaylock with the winning run Thursday, in Ilwaco's 4-3 victory over Warrenton in Junior State Baseball action.
The Fishermen overcame a 3-0 deficit after two innings. Ilwaco scored the tying run in the bottom of the sixth on three walks and a single by Alex Martin that brought in Bobby Crislip.
Blaylock walked to lead off the eighth, then scored from first on Garcia's double.
Anthony Wirkkala started on the mound, but Travis Ostgaard picked up the victory, pitching the final two innings for Ilwaco (2-2). Eric Gantenbein took the loss for the Warriors (2-2). Dan Wolfe had two of Warrenton's four hits.
The Warriors rebounded to win the noncounting second game, 8-5 in five innings. Shane Rudduck was 3-for-3 for Warrenton, which does not play again until June 28 (at Astoria).
Ilwaco plays at Tillamook Tuesday.
Thursday's Knappa at Tillamook Junior State game was rained out, and has tentatively been rescheduled for Thursday.