The Seaside Gulls managed to close their summer baseball season on a positive note Saturday, July 13, at Broadway Field.
Hosting their annual three-day wood bat tournament, the Gulls bounced back from losses on Thursday, July 11, and Friday, July 12, with a 6-3 win over Tillamook in a consolation final on the third day.
Seaside scored three of its runs in the first inning, then added single runs in the second, third and sixth innings.
Starting pitcher Brayden Johnson went the distance on the mound for the Gulls, allowing just three hits (all in the first three innings), with four strikeouts, all in the final four innings.
Meanwhile, the Seaside defense backed up their starter by turning double plays in the first, third and fourth innings.
The Gulls took a quick lead when Johnson drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first, and scored moments later on a single to right by Justin Morris.
Lawson Talementez and Andrew Teubner followed with infield singles, and a double by Ledger Pugh scored Talementez for a 3-0 advantage.
The Cheesemakers answered with two runs in the top of the second, before the Gulls took advantage of two Tillamook errors in the bottom of the second, with Johnson scoring on a wild pitch.
Seaside squelched a potentially big Tillamook rally in the third by turning a 6-4-3 double play, and Morris scored on a sacrifice fly from Pugh for a 5-3 lead for the Gulls.
Johnson walked the first two batters of the fourth inning, before Seaside eventually turned another double play to end the threat.
The Gulls tacked on the final run in the sixth inning, when Jarred White drew a leadoff walk and scored on an error.
Madison 7, Seaside 5
SEASIDE — Madison capped the first day of the Seaside wood bat tournament with a 7-5 win last Thursday over the Gulls at Broadway Field.
The game was tied 5-5 in the fifth, before Madison took the lead for good.
Seaside’s day was highlighted by a two-run homer run for Riley Kuhl, deep over the left field fence.
“It was a shot,” said Seaside coach Dan McFadden. “I’ve only seen three home runs over the fence here. And even with a wood bat — that was amazing. I’d like to know what he ate for breakfast this morning.”
All three Cowapa League teams in the tournament (Astoria Ford, Seaside, Tillamook) lost in Thursday’s first round.