The day started out much better than it finished Thursday, for the Astoria softball team.
The Lady Fishermen scored a run in their first at-bat of the day and outplayed Scappoose in Game 1, but ultimately lost both ends of a doubleheader on Senior Day at Tapiola Park. Scappoose took advantage of a few breaks to win the opener, 7-3, then belted three home runs on their way to a 12-0 victory in Game 2.
Astoria finishes the regular season 6-9 (fourth place), and will await word on a possible play-in playoff game next week. Scappoose improves to 10-5 to finish third in the league standings.
The Lady Fish had 10 hits in Thursdays opener, which included three hits apiece for sophomore Taylor Mickle and freshman Rylee DeMander, and two hits each for sophomore Mykka Abrahams and freshman Caitlyn Hougham.
Mickle and DeMander had back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the first inning, with Mickle eventually scoring on a passed ball.
Scappoose had one big inning in Game 1. With two outs in the top of the third, Scappoose senior Lexi Courtney reached first base on an error. Two runs scored on the same play, and the Indians followed with two singles, a walk and a bases-loaded single by Amanda Schlosser. Astorias second error of the inning allowed two more runs to score, as Scappoose scored six unearned runs in the inning.
Astoria added a run in the fourth (Kelsey Wullger scoring on a single by Hougham), and one in the fifth (Mickle sprinting home on a single by Abrahams), but the Fishermen were never able to put together a big inning, stranding eight baserunners.
Pitcher Noelle Lund scattered six hits with four strikeouts and five walks.
The Indians led from start to finish in Game 2, as Courtney blasted a three-run homer in the first inning and added a two-run home run in the second.
Sophomore pitcher Kendall Bailey capped the day with a grand slam in the fifth, and also picked up the win on the mound, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts and no walks.
Senior Kennedy Rub had Astorias only hit in the second game.
In other Cowapa League softball action, No. 1-ranked Yamhill-Carlton played its last games as a member of the Cowapa, scoring a 24-0, 24-2 win at Seaside.
Astoria 11, Tillamook 1
It will be another showdown for first place today at Aiken Field the second time this season the Scappoose Indians and Astoria Fishermen have met in a first-place showdown.
And this time it will be for the Cowapa League title, as the two teams picked up wins Thursday to improve to 12-2 in league play.
While the Indians escaped with a 2-1 win over Seaside, the Fishermen roughed up Tillamook 11-1 at Astoria.
With a stiff wind blowing in off the bay, the Fishermen blasted a pair of home runs a bomb by Nick Strange in the bottom of the third and solo shot by Carter Wallace in the sixth.
The Cheesemakers couldnt handle Astorias freshman pitching duo of Fridtjof Fremstad and Cade OBrien. Fremstad pitched four innings and OBrien the last two, as they combined for seven strikeouts and four walks, with five hits allowed.
With four games in four days, we needed the pitching, and they both came through, said Astoria coach Dave Gasser. They both threw strikes and showed good poise. Our pitching couldnt be in better shape.
Offensively, the Fishermen racked up 13 hits, including three by Chris Leonardi and two each from Nick Strange, Wallace and Fremstad. Freshman Kyle Strange had a double and three RBIs.
It was Astorias third win in three days.
In Wednesdays 4-1 win at Banks, the Fishermen had all the runs they would need in the first inning.
A sacrifice fly by Wallace brought in the first run, and Trevir Mayfields RBI single gave Astoria a quick 2-0 lead.
That was plenty for pitcher Kai Brown, who scattered five hits with three strikeouts and four walks over 6 1/3 innings.
Nick Strange, Ole Englund and Wallace had two hits apiece for Astoria, which had 10 hits off Banks pitcher David Schorn.
Indians 2, Gulls 1
SCAPPOOSE There wasnt much difference between last place and first place Thursday afternoon at Scappoose.
The Indians locked in a first-place tie with Astoria had all they could handle against Seaside in a single game.
Seasides Danny Leary drove in a run on a squeeze bunt in the first inning, but the Indians scored twice in the fifth for a 2-1 win over the Gulls.
It was a pitchers duel, and both defenses played great, said Seaside coach Joel Dierickx. Aaron Tadei made some outstanding plays in the outfield for us, over and over.
Again, we had scoring opportunities but just couldnt come up with the big hit.
On the mound, Seasides Jacob Bassett and Hunter Hoyt of Scappoose gave up just two hits apiece.
The Gulls finish their season today at home vs. Yamhill-Carlton, while the Indians play for the league title at Astoria.
Warriors 10, Eagles 3; Eagles 8, Warriors 1
PORTLAND Warrenton scored 10 runs on 10 hits in the opener for a 10-3 win, before Catlin Gabel bounced back with an 8-1 victory in Game 2, in the Lewis & Clark League baseball doubleheader.
The Warriors rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the first game, scoring three runs in the third, three in the fourth and three in the seventh.
Brock Johnson pitched four innings to pick up the win, allowing four hits. He also had three hits, with a double. Gavon McFadden and Anthony Warren also had two hits each.
Catlins Matt Maynard pitched a complete game in the nightcap, allowing six hits. He also had a pair of doubles at the plate. Justice Watson had two hits for the Warriors, who struck out 11 times.