SEASIDE - It took a rough detour to get there, but the Seaside baseball team is back on the winning track, following a 7-2 Cowapa League win over Rainier Tuesday at Broadway Field.
The Gulls - who had not won since an 18-3 victory at Hood River April 3 - snapped a six-game losing streak with their victory over the Columbians.
Needless to say, the win felt pretty good for Seaside coach Joel Dierickx and his players.
"It feels great - this was big for our confidence," said Dierickx, whose team also won its first league game to improve to 1-4.
"We were on a slide there for two weeks that really zapped our confidence," he said. "And when you're dealing with young players, often times people start pointing fingers when you go through something like we did.
"But that was not the case," Dierickx said. "We battled, and it was nice to see us start hitting the ball like I know we can."
The Gulls had just five hits off three Rainier pitchers, but all five were big hits, including a two-run single by Jimmy Sibley in the first inning that helped the Gulls overcome a 1-0 deficit.
Other big hits were a double by Josh Stinnett and a triple by Jerrod Hovden in a four-run third inning. Vito Cerelli started the rally with a single.
Cerelli also came up with a courageous performance on the mound, as he overcame a sickness to pitch a complete game, allowing five hits with six strikeouts.
"Vito's been down, but he really made a gutty performance," Dierickx said.
Cerelli threw just 84 pitches to finish off the Columbians, who rallied briefly in the seventh inning before Cerelli closed it out with a strikeout.
The Gulls will try to keep the momentum going Friday, when they host a doubleheader with Tillamook.
The Scappoose at Astoria baseball game was postponed until May 7, after no umpires showed up for Tuesday's game at Ernie Aiken Field.
Using volunteer umpires, the Astoria junior varsity team defeated Scappoose 13-7.
ROCKAWAY BEACH - The Warrenton Warriors improved their perfect league record to 8-0 Tuesday, with a convincing 24-7 win over Neah-Kah-Nie in Northwest League baseball action at Rockaway Beach.
The Warriors took command right from the start, scoring nine runs in the first inning, and adding five in the second and seven in the third for a 21-2 lead.
Warrenton's Nate McBride hit his third home run of the season, while Zach Gantenbein and Sean Beecham each had a pair of doubles. Gantenbein was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and scored five runs.
McBride was 2-for-2 with four runs scored and four RBIs.
Warrior pitcher Dan Wolfe improved to 3-1 on the mound as he allowed eight hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
Warrenton (13-1 overall) hosts Corbett for a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Scappoose 18, Astoria 2
SCAPPOOSE - A grand slam home run by Ashley LaLande highlighted a big day at the plate for the Scappoose softball team Tuesday as the Indians battered Astoria 18-2 in a Cowapa League contest.
LaLande added a triple for seven RBIs on the day, while Scappoose pitcher Gennie Krueger scattered six hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Scappoose senior Lynette Karp went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, as the Indians collected 12 hits off the Fishermen.
CeeCee Wills had two hits and Laura Posey added a double for Astoria, which plays a doubleheader at Rainier Thursday.
In other Cowapa League action Tuesday, the Columbians defeated Seaside 11-1 and Banks defeated Tillamook 10-0. No other details available.
ROCKAWAY BEACH - Warrenton had 13 hits and took advantage of seven Neah-Kah-Nie errors to post a 14-3 win over the Pirates Tuesday in Northwest League softball action.
The Warriors scored five runs in the first inning and two in the second for a quick 7-1 lead.
Stacey Moore went the distance on the mound for Warrenton, allowing four hits with six strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.
At the plate, Grace Smith was 2-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored; Ashley Johnson was 2-for-4 with a triple; Moore was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs; and Dani Cederberg had two hits with three RBIs and scored twice.
Warrenton (12-3 overall, 5-1 in league) hosts a doubleheader with Corbett Friday (3:30 p.m.).
VERNONIA - Vernonia rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but came up one run short in a Northwest League softball game with Clatskanie Tuesday.
The Tigers built an 8-4 lead through six innings, and held on for the 8-7 win.
Clatskanie's Tanya Gutierrez was 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, and teammates Savannah White and Tracy Somes were each 2-for-4. White had a pair of doubles.
Courtney Sherman got the complete-game win on the mound for the Tigers, who improved to 9-0 in league.
Sherman allowed six hits with eight strikeouts and eight walks, while Vernonia freshman pitcher Joreigh Landers gave up nine hits with six strikeouts and two walks. The Loggers committed seven errors in the loss.
Astoria takes second
WILSONVILLE - The Astoria girls golf team took part in the three-team Wilsonville Invitational Tuesday at Langdon Farms, with the Fishermen taking second behind the Summit Storm.
Summit, a 4A school from Bend, shot a 357 team score, six strokes ahead of Astoria (363). Wilsonville took third with a 397.
Mollie Black of Summit was medalist with an 81, followed by sister Jessica Black with an 84.
Placing third was Astoria's Katie Cokley with an 86, one stroke ahead of sister Marlie Cokley (87). Arielle Stevens was fifth with a 91. Other Astoria golfers were Chelsea Reed-Harmel (99) and Jessica Thornburg (156).
The Fishermen compete in the Hood River Invitational Thursday.