The day could not have gone much better for the Astoria baseball team.

The No. 14 seed Fishermen scored the big victory of the first round in the Class 4A state playoffs, posting a 10-inning, 2-1 win over No. 3 seed North Marion on the Huskies' home field.

On top of that, No. 11 seed Sweet Home upset La Grande, handing the Fishermen another winnable game Friday, when the Fishermen were scheduled to play a quarterfinal contest at Sweet Home.

Friday's winner will advance to the semifinals to play either Philomath or Henley.

In Wednesday's win, both teams scored a run in the second inning, and neither team could bring in a run until Astoria's Adam Feldman delivered a two-out double to left, scoring courtesy runner Leo Matthews.

Burke Matthews pitched the bottom of the 10th, retiring three of the four batters he faced.

North Marion had more hits (seven to four), and the Fishermen had more errors (four to two), but the Huskies stranded 11 base runners.

Astoria pitchers Dylan Rush and Burke Matthews struck out three batters with one walk, while North Marion pitchers Griffin Henry and Grant Henry combined for 15 strikeouts and two walks.

The Fishermen improve to 13-10 overall (6-6 in league), while North Marion's season ends with a 23-3 record, 14-1 in league.

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or

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