The Fishermen secured their spot in the Saturday’s championship game with a 4-0 win over Seaside Friday afternoon.
Astoria pitcher Calvin Kaul tossed five solid innings, allowing just one hit to keep the Gulls scoreless. Trey Hageman pitched the final two innings.
The Astoria pitchers had help, with several big defensive plays by the Fishermen.
Astoria Ford turned double plays in the second and sixth innings, and Tyler Lyngstad made a juggling catch of a foul ball near first base in the second.
The biggest play may have been in the fourth, when Seaside loaded the bases following two walks and a hit batter.
Ashton Boyd delivered a Kaul pitch to right field, where Astoria outfielder Danny Johnson fielded the ball on a hop and fired to Kaul covering first to get Boyd, preventing two runs from scoring and ending the inning.
The Fishermen scored single runs in the second and fifth innings, both unearned, then tacked on two runs in the sixth.
Jasyn Gohl scored on a squeeze bunt by Dylan Rush, and Tristan Wallace sprinted home on a Seaside error on a grounder by Josiah Hirsch.
Ole Englund led Astoria Ford’s seven-hit attack, with three singles. Boyd had a single in the third for Seaside’s lone hit. Scott Pamplin went the distance on the mound for the Gulls, who finished the tournament Sunday with a loss to Madison.
Astoria Ford held leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but Churchill rallied with two runs in the third inning and held on for a 4-2 win over the Fishermen, in Saturdays’ championship game of the Seaside Wood Bat Tournament at Broadway Field.
Churchill pitcher Cole Wilkinson scattered four hits with seven strikeouts and four walks in the complete-game win, as the Lancers — a Class 5A semifinalist last spring — battled against three different Astoria pitchers.
Starter Tristin Wallace pitched three innings, came out for one batter in the fourth, then re-entered for the rest of the inning before Dylan Rush took over in the fifth.
Ole Englund came on in relief in the sixth to finish the game.
The Fishermen opened the scoring in the top of the first, when Trey Hageman drew a one-out walk and eventually scored on a single to right by Samboy Tuimato.
Tied 1-1 entering the third, Astoria’s Mackenzie Pierce drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball, then scored on a ground ball by Cade O’Brien.
But that was all the scoring for the Fishermen, as Wilkinson allowed just three hits over the final five innings, while Astoria stranded base runners in the fifth, sixth and seventh.
The Lancers had three hits the third inning, including an RBI double by Michael Moore. Churchill tacked on a run in the sixth, on C.J. Townsend’s squeeze bunt that scored Jack Weiskind.