SEASIDE The Knappa summer baseball team is ready to challenge for a district title and a whole lot more following another top-notch performance Tuesday night at Seaside.
In the Junior State Baseball regular season finale, the Loggers (Teevin Bros.) swept the Gulls 7-3 and 20-4 at Broadway Field.
Game 2 was mercifully stopped after four innings, because of darkness and Knappa dominance. Mainly dominance.
For the day, the Loggers scored 27 runs on 17 hits in just 11 at-bats.
The Gulls were doing their part to help the Loggers, walking 22 batters (16 in Game 2).
Knappas big inning of the day came in the top of the second of Game 2, in which the Loggers scored 10 runs on three hits and 10 Seaside walks. Knappa scored three runs on wild pitches, and three more on bases loaded walks.
The Loggers still took their cuts at the plate, with an offensive attack led by leadoff batter Tyson Burnard.
The sophomore-to-be had two hits in Game 1, including an inside-the-park home run to highlight a four-run third inning.
Trevin Morgan added a two-run single in the inning, and had a leadoff triple in the sixth.
In the nightcap, the Gulls had run-scoring doubles by Kevin LaCoste and Nick Richardson in the bottom of the first inning for a brief 3-2 lead, before the Loggers scored 10 in the second inning.
In the third, Burnard belted a three-run, inside-the-park homer for a 15-3 lead.
Andy Miller followed with a triple and scored on a wild pitch, and Jeffrey Benthin made it 17-3 with an inside-the-park home run on Seasides spacious home field.
Burnard capped his day with a double in the fourth that scored Chase Rusinovich Burnards fifth hit of the game, and seventh of the day.
Benthin started Game 2 on the mound, before giving way to Max Anderson in the third. The two pitchers scattered four hits, while four Seaside pitchers allowed 11 hits, with 16 walks and one strikeout.
The seeding is in place for the district tournament, which begins at 10 a.m. Thursday at Aiken Field.
Game 1 will feature No. 2 seed Knappa vs. No. 7 seed Seaside; Game 2: No. 3 seed Rainier vs. No. 6 seed Tillamook; Game 3: No. 4 seed Clatskanie vs. No. 5 seed Warrenton; Game 4 (semifinal): Winners of Games 1 and 2; Game 5 (semifinal): No. 1 seed Astoria vs. winner of Game 3.
Four consolation games will take place Friday at Seaside beginning at 10 a.m., and the championship game will be at Aiken Field at 6 p.m. Friday.