The Seaside Gulls made the most of their spring break trip to Ontario, March 22-23.
Seaside played four games in two days, and finished 2-2. After splitting a pair of games Friday, the Gulls lost a Saturday morning game to the Sugar-Salem Diggers (of Sugar City, Idaho), but bounced back with a 19-18 win over host Ontario Saturday afternoon.
There was no shortage of offense in the final game, as the Tigers and Gulls combined for 37 runs and 30 base hits, and stranded 18 baserunners over eight innings.
The teams also committed 14 errors and five batters hit by pitch.
Three players had four hits, including Seaside’s Duncan Thompson (4-for-6 with four runs scored).
Ontario scored nine runs in the top of the first inning for a 9-0 lead, and still led 13-4 heading into the bottom of the fifth, when the erupted for 10 runs to take a 14-13 lead.
The Tigers regained the lead in the top of the sixth, and held an 18-16 going to the bottom of the eighth.
With two outs and still trailing by two runs, a double by Thompson scored Gage McFadden to cut Seaside’s deficit to 18-17.
Following an intentional walk to load the bases, Seaside’s Justin Morris singled to center to score two runs for the walk-off win.
McFadden and Payton Westerholm had three hits apiece, while McFadden drove in four runs and Westerholm scored four runs.
Diggers 12, Gulls 1
In Saturday’s first game, the Sugar-Salem Diggers defeated Seaside 12-1.
Sugar-Salem pitcher Curtis Drake pitched four of the five innings, and allowed five hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Drake was 3-for-4 at the plate, with two RBI’s and three runs scored.
The Diggers led 10-0 through three innings, and finished with 14 hits.
Tigers 7, Gulls 0
In Seaside’s first game of the tournament, Ontario’s Seth Forsyth tossed a complete-game shutout in a 7-0 win Friday morning over the Gulls.
Forsyth threw just 68 pitches in seven innings, and allowed three hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Ontario led 3-0 through three innings, then scored four in the sixth inning to put the game away. The Tigers finished with 12 hits, which included a pair of doubles by Kenju Teramura and a triple by Forsyth.
Gulls 10, Burns 8
Following their loss to Ontario, Seaside bounced back hours later with a 10-8 win over Burns.
The Gulls led 8-7 after six innings, scored twice in the top of the seventh and gave up a run in the bottom of the inning, before Gavin Rich and Travis Fenton combined to close out the win on the mound. The Seaside pitchers gave up 15 hits, with three strikeouts and three walks.
For Burns, three pitchers allowed nine hits, walked eight and hit two batters.
Eight Seaside players had at least one hit, with McFadden the only player with two hits. Payton Westerholm had a triple, walked twice and scored two runs.
Seaside’s six-run fifth inning had given the Gulls a 7-2 lead, before the Hilanders rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Gulls 7, Molalla 4
Seaside finished with just two hits, but the Gulls left Molalla with a 7-4 win March 20, in nonleague baseball action.
Tied 3-3 after eight innings, Seaside scored four runs in the top of the ninth, then closed out the Indians in the bottom of the inning for the victory.
Seaside’s Brayden Johnson was the winning pitcher, giving up two runs on three hits in three innings of work. Molalla’s Damian Pingo took the tough luck loss, as he struck out seven batters with no hits allowed in seven innings.
In a game where there were no extra-base hits, the Gulls managed two singles — both in the ninth inning — by Payton Westerholm and Dylan Meyer.
Westerholm finished with three RBI’s, four steals and a run scored. Seaside took advantage of seven walks and three Molalla errors.
Isaac Thomas-Kelmentis had two of Molalla’s four hits.
Gulls finish third
Seaside banged out 12 hits in just four at-bats March 17, in a consolation final of their own tournament at Broadway Field.
Eight teams took part in the annual three-day invitational, with Centralia winning the championship final with a 15-7 victory over Hockinson in a battle of two Washington schools.
The Gulls won Friday, lost a semifinal game Saturday, then bounced back with a solid 12-2 win Sunday over La Center in the third-place game.
Seaside scored eight runs in the second inning, and took advantage of a big day on the mound for Travis Fenton, who gave up just two hits with two strikeouts and one walk, with four hit batters.
Offensively, Payton Westerholm began with a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the first.
He walked with the bases loaded in the second inning, and finished the day with two hits, three runs scored and three RBIs. Gage McFadden was 3-for-3 in the leadoff spot, while Duncan Thompson and Dylan Meyer were each 2-for-3 with a double. Brayden Johnson and McFadden also each had a double.
Gulls 14, Cards 0
Seaside opened the tournament Friday afternoon with a 14-0 win over Corbett.
McFadden and Westerholm combined on a one-hit shutout, with McFadden striking out six with two walks in four innings, before Westerholm closed the game.
Thompson drove in four runs and Meyer had three RBIs for the Gulls, who led 4-0 through three innings, then scored 10 runs in the fourth.
Centralia 4, Gulls 2
On Day 2, Centralia broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the third inning, on its way to a 4-2 win over the Gulls.
Centralia pitchers Jeremy Wood and Cameron Cabrera gave up just three hits, with 10 strikeouts and four walks. Wood started and went six innings, throwing 98 pitches to pick up the win.
Thompson and Johnson pitched for the Gulls, allowing five hits with five strikeouts and four walks. Seaside committed four errors defensively.