SCAPPOOSE - If any Cowapa League baseball team has the potential to knock off Astoria, it's Scappoose.
And the Indians indeed gave the Fishermen a run for their money Tuesday afternoon, but still came up short as Astoria scored a 5-2 win at Scappoose.
The Fish took a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning and tacked on two runs - which they needed, because the Indians scored twice in the bottom of the seventh.
"They're a good ball club," Astoria coach Dave Gasser said of the Indians. "Their pitcher (Chris Neifert) is as good as we've seen this year. He's got a good breaking ball, a nice change-up and a better-than-average fastball. He's a good kid. We had to work for our eight hits."
It was the 27th straight Cowapa League win for Astoria, which scored two runs in the first inning as Marcus Brown was hit by a pitch to leadoff, followed by a double from Dane Lund, a sacrifice fly by Marc Gallegos and a single from Max Johnson.
Brown had a double in the fourth and later scored, and back-to-back singles by Garrett Puckett and Conor Harber highlighted Astoria's two-run seventh.
Taylor Landwehr started for Astoria and took a one-hitter into the seventh inning, and was eventually relieved by Johnson. Landwehr threw 88 pitches to pick up the win.
Astoria hosts Scappoose Wednesday.
Seaside 7, Yamhill-Carlton 1SEASIDE - It's still early in the league season, but it's fair to say both teams needed a win Tuesday afternoon at Seaside's Broadway Park.
Yamhill-Carlton was coming off a 15-0, 14-1 doubleheader loss to Scappoose last week, while Seaside is faced with the prospect of having to play three games in three days because of recent rainouts.
Tuesday's win went to the Gulls, who put together a four-run first inning on their way to a 7-1 victory over the Tigers.
"We came back from a disappointing Friday (a 1-0 loss at Banks)," said Seaside coach Joel Dierickx, whose team will host a makeup game with Banks today (5 p.m.), followed by a single game at Yamhill-Carlton Thursday.
"From not being able to hit the ball (at Banks), we had some big hits today," he said. "Some big two-out hits. If I'm not mistaken, all of our runs came with two outs."
On the mound, Seaside senior Ian Dueber relieved starter Jason Spear in the second inning, and pitched six solid innings, allowing just two hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.
"That was nice," Dierickx said. "When Jason was struggling a little, Ian was able to come in with some solid pitching. We feel like we have four guys we can go to at any time."
With two outs and no runners on base in the bottom of the first inning, Seaside's Nick Nelson lined a double to center field - the first of five consecutive hits for the Gulls.
Ryan Sparks followed with a double to center to score Nelson, and Sparks sprinted home on a single by Dueber.
Erik Knutsen kept the rally going with a single to right, and Jon Perry drove in two runners with another double to center.
The Gulls had infield singles from Sparks and Perry for another run in the fifth inning, and Sparks slapped a two-run single to center in the sixth to cap the scoring.
Defensively, Sparks made several sparkling plays at third base, while Dueber retired of 11 of 12 batters at one point. He struck out the side in the sixth inning, despite giving up a run-scoring double by Jimmy Smith.
"The defense was solid, and we had timely hitting," Dierickx said. "And Ian was throwing strikes, so we can't ask for more.
"Ian stepped up big today, and we'll have Nick Nelson and Joel Slovak come back and throw for us (Wednesday and Thursday)."
Seaside was missing Ian Hawksford, who suffered an ankle injury in a P.E. class, but is expected to return.
Knappa 13, Gaston 1KNAPPA - Two programs heading in the opposite directions met on the field Tuesday afternoon at Knappa, as the undefeated Loggers hosted the winless Gaston Greyhounds in a Northwest League baseball game at Teevin Field.
As expected, the Loggers made quick work of this one, 13-1 in five innings.
Trevor Oja pitched a complete game for the Loggers (4-0), who take over sole possession of first place in the Northwest League.
Knappa relied heavily on its defense in Tuesday's win, as the Loggers turned double plays in the second, third and fourth innings.
Offensively, Dalton Kelly was 2-for-3 with a double and five RBI's, and Tevan Klauser was 2-for-2 with a double. Kyle Kelly also had a double.
Oja allowed four hits with no walks for Knappa, which plays a single game today at Warrenton (3:30 p.m.).