The Astoria Fishermen are just takin’ care of business, every day.

Astoria improved to 11-3 in Cowapa League baseball play Tuesday, with a 7-2 win over Seaside on Senior Day at Ernie Aiken Field.

The victory puts the Fishermen two games up on Scappoose (9-3) in the win column. The Indians have games today, Thursday and Friday. Astoria has one game, Friday at Banks.

“We need to take care of business there, and keep our fingers crossed that someone beats Scappoose,” said Astoria coach Brian Babbitt.

Playing in front of a large crowd at Aiken Field, both teams scored a run in the first inning of Tuesday’s game, with RBIs for Seaside’s Kyle Hague and Astoria’s Jeramy Poyer.

The Fishermen collected three more runs in the second inning, all without a hit.

Tony Rudolfi and Chris Leonardi drew two-out walks, and a fly ball by Ryan Johnson – which should have been the third out – was dropped in the outfield for an error, allowing Rudolfi to score.

Seconds later, an errant pickoff attempt by the Gulls sailed into left field, scoring Leonardi. Johnson sprinted home on a wild pitch with the third run for a 4-1 lead.

Astoria scored twice in the third inning, using more traditional methods.

Evan Cain reached on an error and Andrew Bergeson singled, both advanced on a wild pitch, and Frank Leonardi drove in both runners with a single to right.

The Fishermen added a run in the sixth on base hits by Johnson and Harber, coupled with two Seaside errors. The Gulls finished with six miscues.

“We got lucky a few times, and there was some goofy stuff going on with our base-running,” Babbitt said. “I told our dugout at one point, ‘The fans are probably wondering what’s going on with us.’ It was just weird.”

Meanwhile, Poyer got stronger as the game progressed. The junior right-hander struck out two batters each in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to finish with seven strikeouts and five hits allowed.

“Jeramy didn’t really have a slow start, he just became more efficient,” Babbitt said. “He threw a lot of pitches and did a nice job.”

Astoria rapped out seven hits by seven players.

   

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