Their final overall record (5-19) wasn't what they wanted, but the Seaside softball team at least finished the 2019 season on a positive note.
The Gulls overcame a 4-1 deficit after four innings and scored a run in the top of the eighth, on their way to a 5-4 win at Warrenton in a nonleague game May 9. Seaside snapped a six-game losing skid in the process.
The Warriors opened a 2-0 lead in the third inning, as Claire Bussert had a leadoff double and Dani Bue drew a walk.
Bussert was forced out at third, but Ruby Dyer followed with an infield single, and a Seaside error allowed two runs to score.
The Gulls snapped their three-game scoreless streak with a run in the top of the fourth. Erin Owsley and Emma Brown drew walks, and Owsley scored on a grounder by Emma Meyer.
Warrenton answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Kenzie Ramsey drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on Brianna Quashnick's double to left. One out later, Quashnick scored on an RBI grounder by Bue for a 4-1 advantage.
The gradual Seaside comeback began with one run in the fifth (Brianna Hill was hit by a pitch and scored on a steal), and the Gulls managed another run in the sixth.
Warrenton loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but Seaside pitcher Gracie Rhodes retired two straight to get out of the inning.
The Warriors were one out away from a win in the top of the seventh, but with two outs and no runners on base, Seaside's Erin Owsley and Sidney Owsley had back-to-back singles, and both advanced on a wild pitch.
Meyer came through with an infield single that scored Erin Owsley with the tying run.
The Warriors were held scoreless in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, and the teams headed to the eighth.
Seaside's Alyssa Goin opened the extra frame with a leadoff walk. She took second on a passed ball, eventually reached third, then scored the go-ahead run on a two-out error by the Warriors.
And Seaside's final run of the season would be a game-winner, as Rhodes retired the Warriors in order in the bottom of the eighth.
Rhodes gave up eight hits with four strikeouts and three walks, while the Gulls managed five hits off three Warrenton pitchers.
Astoria 1, Gulls 0
It was a Clatsop Clash, league finale and Senior Day all rolled into one May 7 at CMH Field, where the Lady Fishermen were hosting their friendly rivals from the south county.
And while Astoria may have been expecting another easy win — like the first three clashes — the Seaside Gulls had saved their best for last.
The Fishermen still got the victory, 1-0, but it was anything but easy.
Seaside came in with a 1-10 league record, having lost their last five games by scores of 13-3, 16-5, 20-3, 12-0 and 10-0.
Just six days earlier, the Lady Fish knocked off the Gulls by 17 runs.
The game had the appearance of another potential blowout in the bottom of the first, as Hailey O'Brien drew a leadoff walk, stole second, then scored on a ground-rule double by Julia Norris.
That, however, would be the end of the scoring for the day.
Seaside sophomore pitcher Gracie Rhodes settled in and gave up just three more hits over the next five innings.
Norris had three of Astoria's four hits, but the Fishermen stranded seven baserunners, and for just the second time this season were held to just one run (not even the No. 4-ranked Banks Braves could do that).
On the other hand, the Gulls were facing Norris, arguably the best pitcher in the Cowapa.
Seaside out-hit Astoria, five to four, but the Gulls managed just one inning with more than one base runner. That was the top of the sixth, in which Alyssa Goin and Kandice Flaigg had singles, but both were stranded.
Norris gave up little else, striking out 11 with no walks.