Make no mistake, the Seaside girls softball program has turned a corner.

The Lady Gulls were turning lots of corners Friday at Astoria – mostly around third base on their way to the plate, as Seaside scored a 13-9, 7-4 doubleheader sweep over the Lady Fishermen at Niemi Field.

Seaside improves to 4-5 in league play (6-11 overall) – the most wins for the Gulls in years.

“They’ve been playing great, when they’re confident and they believe in themselves,” Seaside coach Jen Glasson said of her players. “That’s how we played against Tillamook (18-17, 24-16 wins by the Gulls). They came out today playing like they said they would.”

The Gulls were off and running from the start, as Jordan Dotson led off Game 1 with a double, then later scored on an error. Brittany West had the first of her six hits on the day later in the first inning, with a single to drive in Whitney Westerholm for a 2-0 lead.

Astoria freshman Mykka Abrahams had one of her biggest days at the plate as a high school player, as she belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 2-2.

The Lady Fish grabbed the lead in the second inning, loading the bases on two Seaside errors and a walk.

And Bailey Haskell made them pay, with a three-run triple to deep left field for a 5-2 Astoria lead.

But the lead didn’t last long.

Dotson led off the third inning with a single, stole second and eventually scored on a passed ball.

After a scoreless fourth inning, the Gulls completed their comeback in the fifth.

The speedy Paige Ideue beat out an infield hit – Westerholm reached on a fielder’s choice, and both sprinted home on a triple to center field by West, who scored moments later on a passed ball to give Seaside a 6-5 lead.

And the Gulls blew it open in the sixth, with a two-run single by Dotson scoring Roni Darling and Emma Bergin, and a two-run single by Alex Habecker bringing in Dotson and Westerholm for a 10-5 lead.

Run-scoring base hits in the seventh inning by Allison Bussert, Darling and West made it 13-5 before the Fishermen staged a four-run rally in their final at-bat.

Seaside pitcher Steph Osterlund was able to finish the game, allowing eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

West drove in four runs on three base hits in the opener, and had the first hit of Game 2 in a three-run first inning for the Gulls.

Seaside made it 6-0 in the second inning, when – guess who? – West drove in two runs with a double to center field. She later scored on a sacrifice bunt from Bussert.

“The way Brittany and Jordan hit tonight, it would be hard not to rally behind that,” Glasson said. “They were great. Paige is awesome – she’s so fun to watch on the bases. Brittany was legging it out, right and left. And Bussert had one to the fence for a standup double.”

Meanwhile, the Fishermen had baserunners – but couldn’t bring them in, as Astoria stranded 10 runners in Game 2, after leaving seven on base in the opener.

Westerholm, Seaside’s freshman shortstop, had a stellar day in the field, making plays in both games. She recorded all three outs in the fourth inning of Game 1, and turned an unassisted double play in Game 2.

“And Shelby (Miller) did a great job covering in center field for us (playing for Rosario Kuhl, who suffered a concussion against Yamhill-Carlton),” Glasson said.

Abrahams provided another highlight with a solo home run in the fifth, and Haskell drove in Karissa Brunmeier and Abrahams with a double in the sixth.

Game 2 was stopped after six innings becuase of darkness.

   

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