SCAPPOOSE - For the first time all season, the Seaside baseball team controls its own destiny. The Gulls defeated Scappoose Friday, 6-5, and coupled with Astoria's loss at Banks, Seaside can win the Cowapa League title outright with a win over Rainier Tuesday at home. Astoria hosts Scappoose.
The Gulls and Fishermen are tied atop the league standings at 10-4, with Seaside holding the tie-breaking edge by virtue of its season sweep over Astoria.
"We knew (Friday's game) was big, just to get into the playoffs," said Seaside coach Joel Dierickx. "That's been the goal for our kids all year. Then we knew with Rainier and Scappoose both with six losses, we could do no worse than second. Now we obviously have our sites set on something else."
Derek Spivey highlighted Friday's win with a pair of two-run homers, one in the first and another in the fifth.
Seaside started the game with a double by Daniel Terranova, followed by the first of Spivey's home runs. Pat Latham followed with a solo home run, and Will Beatty scored later in the inning on a double by Jerrod Hovden.
Latham got the win and Justin Rutz earned the save, ending the fifth inning on one pitch when the Indians had the bases loaded with two outs.
Banks 1, Astoria 0BANKS - Astoria's Dan Garber and Tyler Blok of Banks hooked up in a pitcher's duel Friday as each gave up just two hits in a 1-0 win for the Braves.
Banks scored its lone run in the fourth, when Joe Gonzalez was hit by a pitch, Jacob Tijerina walked and Colt Jackson followed with an RBI single.
Astoria threatened in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with two outs before Blok got Brent Culver to fly out to end the inning.
Knappa sweepsKNAPPA - Knappa's Player of the Year candidate helped his cause, and more importantly for the Loggers, they locked up a share of the league title Friday with a 4-3, 10-0 sweep over Corbett at Teevin Field.
Coupled with Warrenton's sweep over Portland Lutheran, the Loggers and Warriors will have a one-game playoff for the No. 1 seed to the district playoffs. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Astoria's Aiken Field.
The Loggers won Friday's opener with one of their patented comebacks, overcoming a 3-1 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Knappa struggled in the field with five errors, while Sean Ferguson was solid on the mound, allowing just two hits with six strikeouts, one walk and no earned runs.
Donald Pitts led off the bottom of the fifth with a double and scored on a Steven Maki single. Maki came home on Dana Barendse's single, and Barendse scored the go-ahead run on a double to the gap by Jordan Shear.
Game 2 belonged to Derek Jacobson, the MVP candidate who went the distance on the mound, allowing two hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks. At the plate, Jacobson hit three home runs on three pitches, and added a single to go 4-for-4.
He finished with five RBIs, and upped his HR total to 12 on the season.
Gary Aho and Brian Anderson added home runs for the Loggers, while Barendse went 2-for-3 in both games.
Warrenton sweepsWARRENTON - Another year, another share of the Northwest League title for the Warrenton Warriors.
The Warriors - tied with co-champion Knappa at 13-3 - earned a share of their eighth straight title with an 11-0, 6-2 win over Portland Lutheran Friday at Huddleston Field.
Warrenton cruised to the victory in Game 1 as the Warriors' Player of the Year candidate - Nick Miller - ran his season record to 6-1 on the mound by allowing just three hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Bret Birman went 3-for-3 at the plate, and the Warriors needed just four at-bats to rack up 11 runs.
The nightcap was tied 2-2 going into the seventh inning. Miller ended the game in the bottom of the seventh with a walkoff grand slam home run. The Warriors had loaded the bases with one out, and with two outs, Miller crushed a first-pitch offering over the right field fence (his second HR of the week) to end the game.
Dan Wolfe started on the mound, while David Anderson picked up the win.
SoftballCorbett sweepsKNAPPA - Corbett pitcher Antonia Luna struck out 19 batters on the day and tossed a no-hitter in Game 2, leading the Cardinals to a 5-2, 12-0 sweep at Knappa in a Northwest League softball game.
The Loggers held a 2-0 lead through five innings of Game 1, before the Cards rallied with two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh, all with no hits. Knappa, which finishes the season 6-8 (7-9 overall), committed seven errors, including five in the final two innings.
Luna struck out 10 and allowed four hits and two walks in the opener, then struck out nine and walked one with no hits in Game 2.
Warrenton sweepsWARRENTON - Warrenton locked up a spot in the league playoffs with a 9-8, 6-5 sweep over De La Salle at Warrenton City Park.
The Warriors - who will finish as either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed - host Clatskanie today, and will play a league playoff game Saturday at a site to be determined.
Warrenton scored game-winning runs in the bottom of the seventh in both games Friday.
Elise Balensifer drew a leadoff walk in the seventh inning of Game 1, and pinch runner LesleeAnn Hayward stole second and third, then scored on a passed ball to end the game.
Warrenton pitchers Chelsea Neahring and Balensifer combined to limit the Knights to four hits, with 12 walks and seven strikeouts.
In Game 2, De La Salle scored a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 5-5. Warrenton rallied in the bottom of the inning, as the Warriors loaded the bases on a walk, an error and a fielder's choice, before Whitney Johnson singled to score Pam Wood with the game-winning run.
Wood was 3-for-4 in Game 1, and scored three runs on three walks in Game 2. Warrenton had 11 steals in the opener and five steals in the second game.
Pam Wilkins added a big two-run single that gave the Warriors a 5-4 lead.