SOFTBALL

Astoria 15, Seaside 0

SEASIDE — Both teams have made definite improvements on the field over the last year. But the gap that exists between the Astoria and Seaside softball teams … it’s still there.

Astoria won the first meeting of the season between the two teams a year ago, 15-0, and won by the same score Tuesday afternoon at Seaside, in Astoria’s first trip to the new and improved Broadway Field.

Bragging rights in the Clatsop Clash rivalry are definitely leaning Astoria’s way, as the Lady Fish won their eighth straight against Seaside. Astoria is 19-1 against the Gulls in the last 20 meetings, and has now outscored Seaside 79-1 in the last five games.

The Fishermen scored in every inning of Tuesday’s contest, the Cowapa League opener for both teams.

Astoria’s Taylor Mickle reached safely on a leadoff bunt in the first inning, then scored all the way from first on an errant pickoff throw.

Mickle and Zhoe Rub both drove in a run in Astoria’s second at-bat, and the Lady Fish led 5-0 after three innings.

Astoria pulled away in the fourth, scoring twice on passed balls for a 7-0 lead. Libby Di Bartolomeo drove in Bailey Haskell with a single to center, and two more runs scored on Seaside’s third error of the day.

Meanwhile, Astoria pitcher Noelle Lund was nearly untouchable in the circle.

She struck out two batters in the first inning and three in the second, on her way to an 11-strikeout performance.

Lund walked one, and allowed a base hit to Brittany West in the fourth for Seaside’s only hit.

The Fishermen collected 13 hits off two Seaside pitchers, who walked five and hit four batters. Lund, Bryn Watters and Di Bartolomeo led Astoria with three hits apiece.

In addition to having Seaside’s only hit, West made two outstanding grabs at third base, off line drive hits by the Fishermen.

“When we hit the ball and don’t make many mistakes in the field, we can be pretty good,” said Astoria coach Lou Marconeri. “It was also the first time on the (artificial) turf, which I was also worried about. But I was impressed with the way we played.”

Astoria hosts a big doubleheader with Yamhill-Carlton Friday.

  

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