Valley Catholic led from start to finish in a Cowapa League baseball game May 3 at Broadway Field, where the Valiants scored a 10-4 win over Seaside.

Valiant pitchers George Eisenhardt and James Baglai gave up seven hits, with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

Seaside’s Payton Westerholm was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, but the Gulls were unable to score more than one run in any inning.

Duncan Thompson had two hits and Travis Fenton added a triple for Seaside, which falls to 4-6 in league play, a half-game behind Valley Catholic and one game behind Astoria, with two games remaining.

Gulls 3, Astoria 0

The score-by-inning was a pretty simple one May 1 at Tapiola Park, where Astoria hosted Seaside for another crucial Clatsop Clash baseball showdown.

The Gulls scored three runs in the third inning … and that was it. The three runs held up for a 3-0 Seaside victory, as pitchers Payton Westerholm and Brayden Johnson silenced the Astoria bats, giving up just five hits, with five strikeouts and two walks.

It was Astoria’s first shutout loss this season, and Seaside’s first shutout victory in league play.

Westerholm also drove in the game’s first run, a one-out double to left field that scored Johnson.

Westerholm later scored on an error, and Duncan Thompson came in on a ground ball by Chase Januik for the 3-0 lead.

Thompson had three of Seaside’s 10 hits.

Banks 4, Gulls 2The wins never come easy on the North Coast for the Banks Braves … but win they do, as they did again April 29 in Cowapa League baseball action at Broadway Field in Seaside.

Ranked No. 2 in the state at the 4A level, Banks had to overcome an early 2-0 deficit against the Gulls, scoring twice in the third inning, then adding runs in the fifth and sixth for a 4-2 win.

Banks threatened in the top of the first, putting runners at second and third with one out, before Seaside starter Travis Fenton struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning.

And the Gulls gave Fenton an early lead, as Payton Westerholm’s one-out single to center in the bottom of the first inning was the first of four straight hits for Seaside.

Duncan Thompson beat out an infield single, Alex Teubner drove in Westerholm with the game’s first run, and another infield hit by Chase Januik scored Thompson for a 2-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the Gulls, those would be their final runs of the night.

Banks starter Hayden Vandehey only gave up two hits after that (both by Fenton), and kept the Gulls scoreless through six innings, giving way to reliever Tyler Lilly in the seventh.

And Lilly nearly let the save opportunity slip through his hands, as Seaside put runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

But Lilly retired two straight to end the game to keep the Braves unbeaten in league play.

Offensively for the Braves, Cameron Louie and Vandehey had back-to-back doubles in the third inning, while Jarred Evans and Dakota Bunn had consecutive singles in the fifth inning that resulted in the go-ahead run.

Blake Gobel added a leadoff double in the sixth, and courtesy runner Tanner Snook scored on a two-out single to center by Bryson Cook.

Gulls 6, Tillamook 2

{span class=”print_trim”} The Seaside Seagulls had all the runs they would need in the first inning of an April 29 game at Tillamook, where the Gulls posted a 6-2 win over the Cheesemakers in a Cowapa League baseball game.

Seaside’s action-packed top half of the first inning included back-to-back singles from Payton Westerholm and Duncan Thompson, followed by a run-scoring double by Alex Teubner for the first run.

After an out, Seaside’s rally continued with an RBI single by Chase Januik and three straight walks to give the Gulls a 4-0 lead.

The Gulls collected 10 hits off two Tillamook pitchers, and took advantage of six Cheesemaker errors.

Westerholm pitched five innings to pick up the win, as he gave up just two hits with eight strikeouts and three walks. Brayden Johnson pitched the final two innings.

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