BASEBALL: Three days after getting 10-run ruled, Banks rebounds with a win over Seaside

After a devastating 10-run loss at Seaside last Tuesday, the Banks baseball team regrouped and pulled out of a five-game losing streak to win its first Cowapa League game of the season on Friday, a 9-7 victory in a rematch against the Seagulls.

Tuesday's game was - quite simply - a bad outing for the Braves all the way around. Pitching was not as sharp as in past games, runners were left on base and balls were not put in play. The result was an ugly 12-2 loss.

'We had opportunities in the first and third innings to pad our lead,' said Banks head coach Wymon Smith, whose squad led 2-0 through three innings. 'But [we] neglected to get that key hit.'

The host Seagulls unloaded on the Braves through the third, fourth and fifth innings. Seaside rallied to score 12 runs in those three innings, cutting the game short when the 10-run 'mercy rule' was implemented.

The highlight for Banks was the hitting of Clayton Edwards, who had two of the Braves' three hits and an RBI. Starting pitcher Todd Baggerley - who who threw three innings with four walks and three strikeouts - also had a hit and an RBI.

Friday was a much different story as the Braves got their bats going and played solid defense to beat Seaside in the rematch and earn their first league win of the season.

Banks (5-7, 1-3) is now in a three-way tie with Seaside and Tillamook for fourth place in the league standings. This week the Braves will play two games against third-place Yamhill-Carlton, including a home game on Thursday.

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