Knappa's pitching dominates St. Paul

The Knappa High School baseball team had the chance to get revenge on the St. Paul Buckaroos to start league play.

St. Paul knocked the Knappa Loggers out of last season’s 2A division playoffs with a 1-0 victory in the quarterfinals. It didn’t take the Loggers long to get revenge, as they dispatched St. Paul in their three-game series behind dominant pitching.

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Knappa’s Kutter Ball scores during the Knappa Loggers’ 9-1 victory against St. Paul on Friday.

The Loggers won the first game 10-0 on April 2 behind the arms of Treven Moreland, Oliver Stevens and Jaxon Dietrichs. Knappa then followed that up with two home victories on Friday afternoon.

Dietrichs pitched a complete game in the Loggers’ 3-1 victory in Friday’s first game. He pitched seven innings, giving up just six hits and striking out four. He gave up one unearned run and threw just 85 pitches in the game.

Moreland and Stephens then combined to shut down the Buckaroos in game two. Moreland opened the game and threw five shutout innings. Stevens closed the game out, pitching the last two.

The Loggers, behind their pitching and 10 hits at the plate, won the second game 9-1. Friday’s second game saw Braxton Hill, Gavin Barendse and Stevens collect two hits each, with Hill having two RBIs as well.

With the three-game sweep of the Buckaroos, the Loggers got off to a great start in league play.

Astoria baseball wins thriller

Astoria baseball won in a thrilling fashion Friday night at Tapiola Park to cap off the week.

After falling 3-1 to Tillamook to start off league play, the Astoria Fishermen fought back and won their last two games on Thursday and Friday. A 9-3 victory Thursday against Milwaukie snapped the Fishermen’s two-game slide. Friday’s walk-off victory against Hoquiam ended the week on a high note.

Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning on Friday, Astoria scored four runs to take a 6-4 lead. Hoquiam battled back to get two in the top of the fifth, only to see Merrick Benesch walk it off in the bottom of the seventh with the game winning single. Astoria won 7-6.

Benesch had two hits and three runs batted in on the day. Joey Gramlich went 2-4 with two RBIs. He also pitched six innings. Teague Palmberg also joined the RBI club with two of his own, while Garrett Hillard reached base four times with four walks. Colton Gustafson got the win for his one scoreless inning in relief.

Seaside baseball puts up solid fight

Seaside faced off against Scappoose on Friday, the defending Cowapa League and 4A division state champions. The Seaside Seagulls put up a good fight, losing 7-2.

Scappoose jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first four innings and put the Seagulls in a hole. Though the Seagulls gave up seven runs in the first four innings, they held the Scappoose Indians scoreless over the last three. Seaside even scored two runs of their own in the top of the seventh. Once again, errors were the story, with Seaside making four errors compared to Scappoose’s one.

This is a very young team, with just five of the 18 players being upperclassmen. Being able to bring Scappoose to a standstill for three innings gives the Seagulls something to build on the rest of the season, as they look to snap their losing streak on Tuesday against Tillamook.

St. Paul rallies against Knappa softball

Knappa softball won the first game against the St. Paul Buckaroos on April 2 and were looking to keep their momentum going at home Friday during their doubleheader. It wasn’t meant to be for the Knappa Loggers, as the team lost both games to St. Paul. The first game saw St. Paul come out on top 9-6, and in game two St. Paul won 17-8.

The Loggers will have three games against Perrydale High School starting on Wednesday.