GEARHART - All five Seaside golfers scored better than the top golfer for Banks Thursday at Gearhart Golf Links, as the Gulls beat the Braves 308-387 in a Cowapa League boys' dual meet.

Seaside's Joel Bletscher was the individual medalist, firing his best round with a one-over par 73, including a 35 on the back nine.

The Gulls' Mitch Winstanley shot his best round ever, carding a 38-38-76; Flynn Jiroudek tied his best in terms of par with a 77; Sean Hamer shot 82 and Hunter Solt carded an 86 to round out the Seaside scoring.

Banks' top golfer was Jake Klein, with a 95.

The Gulls take part in the District 1/3A meet, which begins Wednesday at Alderbrook in Tillamook, and concludes with the second round May 10 at Astoria.

GIRLS GOLFAstoria wins Hood River InviteHOOD RIVER - The Astoria girls golf team shot a season-best score of 350 to easily win the four-team Hood River Invitational, held at Indian Creek Course.

The Fishermen - the only 3A team competing against all 4A competition - came in 53 strokes ahead of runner-up Hood River (403), with Hillsboro (478) placing third. Aloha did not have a complete team.

The individual medalist was Astoria sophomore Marlie Cokley, who fired an 81.

The Fishermen swept the top four spots overall, with junior Katie Cokley taking second (86), followed by Chelsea Reed-Harmel (third, with a career-best 90) and Arielle Stevens (fourth, 93).

Astoria's fifth golfer, Jessica Thornburg, had a personal best 132.

Next up for the Fishermen is Day 1 of the District meet, Wednesday at Quail Valley (11 a.m. tee time).

SoftballRainier sweepsRAINIER - Astoria battled but lost an 8-5 decision in Game 1 of a Cowapa League doubleheader Thursday at Rainier, and the Fishermen simply ran out of steam in the second game, as the Columbians completed the sweep with a 12-0 win.

Astoria had 10 hits off Rainier pitcher Megan Pruitt in the opener, including a double and a triple from Kim Russell; and a home run by Laura Posey in the sixth inning.

The Fishermen trailed 8-2 after four innings before rallying with three runs in the sixth.

The Columbians had 14 hits in the opener, and took advantage of seven Astoria errors in Game 2 to win in five innings.

Cheesemakers sweepTILLAMOOK - The Seaside softball team has made dramatic improvements since the last time the Gulls played Tillamook, but it still wasn't enough to catch the Cheesemakers in a Cowapa League doubleheader Thursday.

The Gulls - who lost 15-2 the last time the two teams met three weeks ago - closed the gap but came up short in both contests, 2-0 and 2-0.

Tillamook's Debra Bohren pitched two complete-game shutouts, allowing just two hits in both contests. She struck out 10 and walked two in Game 1, and struck out five with two walks in the second game.

D.J. Koch and Allie Brady had Seaside's two hits in the opener, while Amanda Laird had both hits in Game 2.

Tillamook had just five hits off Seaside pitcher Kate Ayres in Game 1, four in Game 2.


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