The weather was fine and the field was good for Astoria's 2010 softball season opener Monday - the only thing missing was a few more hits for the Lady Fish.
Gladstone pitchers Megan Alexander and Jessica Jarrett held Astoria to just two hits in the nonleague contest, resulting in a 10-1 win for the Gladiators.
The game was played at Lewis & Clark Elementary School, which will be the site of all Astoria's home games while work is being done at Tapiola Park, where a 1.2-million gallon tank is being installed under the softball field.
Monday's season opener started out to be much more competitive, as both teams had runners in scoring position in the first inning, but neither team could bring in the first run.
Astoria loaded the bases on three walks, but Alexander was able to retire Aliisa Norris on a grounder to third to end the inning.
The Gladiators then jumped on the Fishermen in the top of the second as they drew three walks and a hit batter, coupled with an infield single by Bailie Foxworthy to score three runs.
Gladstone tacked on five runs in the fourth inning, including a pair on a double to deep center field by Allison Hirota, who scored moments later on a double by Magan Dean.
After walking three in the first inning, Alexander settled down and retired nine straight over the next three innings.
The Fishermen still made a few solid defensive plays, including a couple of big catches in center field by Haley Larson, who also had Astoria's first hit - a leadoff double in the fifth inning. She later scored on a grounder by Nicole Bogh.
Astoria's only other hit was an infield single by Stacy Vinson in the sixth inning, which the Gladiators eventually closed out with a 6-4-3 double play. Astoria infielder Shelby Coggins turned a double play of her own, tagging Hirota and throwing out a runner at first base for a 5-3 double play to end the third inning.
Astoria pitcher Maddy Daw allowed nine hits with two strikeouts and six walks.
Tillamook 15, Warrenton 1WARRENTON - Tillamook built an 8-1 lead through three innings, on its way to a 15-1 at Warrenton in a nonleague softball season opener Monday.
Emma Bussert had two of Warrenton's three hits, with Heather Hardwick also collecting a hit.
Clatskanie 3, Knappa 0CLATSKANIE - Clatskanie pitcher Kierra Kallunki fired a no-hitter Monday afternoon, helping the Tigers post a season-opening 3-0 win over Knappa.
Kallunki struck out 16 with three walks, while Clatskanie scored two runs in the third inning and one in the sixth.
The Tigers had nine hits off Knappa pitchers Dani Donayri and Kelsey Stanovich.