SEASIDE — The Astoria Fishermen took a walk in Broadway Park Thursday afternoon … 16 walks, to be exact.

Five Seaside pitchers allowed seven hits and issued 16 free passes to the Fishermen, who won the Cowapa League baseball contest at Broadway Field, 17-4.

Astoria actually trailed 4-1 after two innings, but scored 16 unanswered runs over their final four at-bats.

“I’m just glad we were able to get the win,” said Astoria coach Dave Gasser, who picked up career victory No. 670. “And I see Banks won today (7-2 over Yamhill-Carlton), so that sets up a big series next week.”

The Fishermen and Braves are both 5-1 in league play, and will play twice next week, beginning Monday at Astoria.

In Thursday’s game, Astoria pulled even with the Gulls in the third inning, as Carter Wallace had a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly from Nick Strange.

Cody Fox reached on an error and scored on a single to center by Jeramy Poyer, and Poyer sprinted home on a single up the middle from Frankie Leonardi.

Astoria took the lead for good in the top of the fourth, as Chris Leonardi drew a leadoff walk, then scored one out later on a base hit to center by Wallace.

If the Gulls had any hopes of a comeback, they went out the window later in the inning, when Andrew Bergeson continued his hot week with a grand slam home run to right field.

In two games this week against Seaside, Bergeson drove in nine runs, which included a three-run homer in Tuesday’s 11-1 win.

The 9-4 lead through four innings was plenty for Astoria starter Kai Brown, who pitched a solid four innings before giving way to Poyer in the fifth.

Brown allowed just four hits (all in the first two innings), with three strikeouts and two walks.

It was a different story for the Gulls. Starter Kevin LaCoste struck out six with three walks, but four relief pitchers combined to walk 13, with no strikeouts.

The Fishermen drew two bases loaded walks in the fifth inning, and four more in the sixth.

Strange and Wallace each had a single and a triple for Astoria, which has scheduled a nonleague game today vs. Wilson (5 p.m., Aiken Field).

“We just had some really good A-B’s (at-bats) today,” Gasser said. “We had four or five big hits with men on base, and that was the difference.”

   

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