SEASIDE - Astoria pitcher Ryan Kelly was setting 'em up and knocking 'em down Thursday afternoon at Seaside's Broadway Field, while two Seaside pitchers were just knocking 'em down.
Kelly was nearly perfect, as he faced just 19 batters in six innings and finished with 11 strikeouts and no walks to lead the Fishermen to a 10-0 win over the Gulls.
Seaside pitchers Vito Cerelli and Daniel Terranova combined to give up seven hits, with three walks and five hit batters.
The victory improves Astoria's overall record to 11-2, 3-0 in league. The Fishermen have won seven in a row, while the Gulls (0-3 in league) have dropped four straight.
Mitchell Wirth of Astoria slides in safely with a stolen base in the third inning of Wednesday's baseball game at Broadway Field. Seaside's Rick Stella covers on the play.
GARY HENLEY - The Daily AstorianLuke Ness and Henry "White Shoes" Brause each had two hits and two RBIs for the Fishermen.
Kelly, meanwhile, was on cruise control as soon as he stepped off the bus. He retired the first 10 batters he faced, six by strikeout.
Seaside's lone hit was a bunt by Rick Stella in the bottom of the fourth, which was fielded by Andrew MacLean, but not in time to make a play.
After that, Kelly retired the next eight, as he faced one batter over the minimum on just 83 pitches. And by the time it was over, Kelly was just getting warmed up.
"I felt excellent," Kelly said after the game. "My arm doesn't hurt at all. It's been two weeks since I've thrown in a game, so I've been throwing a little bit here and there, but my arm felt good today."
Kelly still hasn't allowed a run in league play.
"He's thrown against Rainier and Seaside, and hasn't given up a run," said Astoria coach Ralph Steinback. "Rainier was tough. They had the bases loaded a few times, but he fought his way out of it."
Kelly was experimenting with a new curve ball Wednesday. "It's more of a straight down, drop pitch, instead of an angle pitch," he said. "It was working pretty well."
Then again, Kelly could have been throwing bricks. Everything he threw to the plate was a strike.
"I've always been able to pitch good at this field," he said. "I don't know why. I don't like Seaside, so I came out throwing as hard as I can.
"And everything was working," Kelly said. "Our signs were a little backwards, and I was throwing change-ups instead of sliders, but we threw 'em all today. They were all working."
More importantly, Kelly wasn't giving any free passes - something he has focused on.
"That's my goal - I'm trying not to walk anybody," he said. "And the defense is playing awesome, every time out. They're always behind me so I don't have to worry about it."
Astoria jumped on the board early, as Luke Ness had a two-out single in the top of the first, stole second, then scored on Brause's single to right.
The Fishermen broke things open in the second inning when Steve Hess had a leadoff single, Mitchell Wirth was hit by a pitch, and Keenan Borgardt reached on a fielder's choice.
Mike Gallegos and MacLean were both hit by pitches to force in one run, and Sean Fabela drew a bases loaded walk for a 3-0 lead.
Ness followed with a two-run single to right, scoring Gallegos and MacLean, and Fabela scored on a double steal before Cerelli struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning.
Cerelli was feeling under the weather after picking up a virus earlier in the week, and was replaced by Daniel Terranova in the third.
Astoria hosts Scappoose Tuesday, and Kelly will have another week's rest before pitching in a makeup game at Banks next Wednesday.
SoftballSeaside 13, Astoria 2A big nine-run second inning was all Seaside needed Wednesday afternoon at Tapiola Park, as the Gulls defeated Astoria 13-2 in a Cowapa League softball game.
The game was originally scheduled for last Thursday, then changed to Monday, then Thursday, and finally back to Wednesday.
The Gulls didn't mind the wait, as they collected 10 hits off the Fishermen, including a double and two triples by Amanda Laird.
"This is the first time I've seen our team hungry," said Seaside coach Tom Mauldin, whose team improves to 5-4 overall. "They believed in themselves and played with some spirit today."
Kate Ayres was the winning pitcher. She scattered four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Ayres also had three hits at the plate.
Laird had a double and a triple in the second-inning rally, while teammates D.J. Koch and Jackie Bermingham each had run-scoring singles.
CeeCee Wills highlighted the game for Astoria with a diving catch off a deep fly ball to center field by Seaside's Jeannie Pfund.
Seaside hosts Scappoose today, followed by a home doubleheader against Vernonia Friday.
Allen going to Warner PacificSeaside's Beth Allen has signed a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Warner Pacific College in Portland.
Allen started at middle blocker for the Gulls the past two years.