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Baseball: Astoria gets revenge, ties Scappoose in first place

The Fishermen bounced back from t heir 6-4 loss last week to blank Scappoose 8-0


Scappoose might have stolen the first leg of the season series with Astoria, but the Fishermen responded in dominant fashion, beating the Indians 8-0 and setting up what could be a thrilling race for the Cowapa League championship.

The loss for Scappoose (15-5, 8-2 Cowapa) snaps an eight game winning streak that stretches back to an April 11 defeat of Molalla. The Indians had won 13 of 14 games, and had been shutout just once: a 2-0 loss to No. 3 North Marion in the season opener.

In the first leg against Astoria, a 6-4 win for Scappoose, the Indians jumped on Fisherman senior Nick Strange, who struggled on the mound and was eventually pulled in favor of junior Kai Brown.

This time, the game was in the capable hands of senior Chris Leonardi, who started the first contest as well, giving up two runs through three innings.

On Tuesday, however, Leonardi was in fine form. The big left hander struck out six and walked one, giving up just three hits for the Fishermen's fourth shutout of the year.

Through four innings, the game looked like it would as a pitcher's dual between Leonardi and Scappoose junior Blake Millar. The teams were even until the top of the fourth, where the Fishermen finally broke through and scored on an error at third base to take a 1-0 lead. Astoria got three quick outs to close the fourth, and picked up right where they left off in the following inning.

It took six pitches for Astoria freshman Ole Englund to finally reach first base on a single in the top of the fourth, and when Millar struck out his pitching opponent Leonardi, it seemed as though he had the inning under control.

That's when things went horribly wrong. Astoria had been inching closer the entire game, looking to get a bead on Millar's pitches and their hard work finally came to fruition. Millar walked two in a row, and a single from junior Cooper Wulgar scored a pair to put the road team up 3-0.

A few minutes later, after Kyler Mizee got under a deep fly ball in left field for the Indians' second out of the inning, the Fishermen struck again. Kyle Strange crushed a grounder to center field, scoring freshman Fridtjof Fremstad and Wulgar and giving Astoria a 5-0 edge. Two runs in the sixth and a pair in the seventh made it academic: Astoria and Scappoose are tied once again atop the league standings.

Perhaps the most frustrating part of the loss for the Indians was the relative success at the plate down the stretch. Though Scappoose didn't garner a base hit past the third inning, they made contact on all but three at-bats. Aside from those three strikeouts for Leonardi, the Indians put the ball in play only to be thrown out at first by a stingy and mistake-free Astoria defense.

The Fishermen will need either a pair of losses from Scappoose or a win in the season finale with the Indians in order to leapfrog Scappoose for the league title. Astoria has games remaining with Yamhill-Carlton, Tillamook and Banks before the rematch on May 16, while the Indians will see each of the Cowapa League opponents once more before the season ends.

The schedule picks up with a road game against Banks on May 7 at 5 p.m.

SUMMARY

Astoria 8, Scappoose 0

Scappoose High School

ASTO 000 142 1 – 8 10 0

SCAP 000 000 0 0 3 3

Scappoose

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