SPORTS 10A THE DAILY ASTORIAN • TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015 Wind, rain and hail greet softball tourney By GARY HENLEY The Daily Astorian SEASIDE — Six softball teams battled wind, rain, cold and hail all day Monday at Broadway Field, where Sea- side’s Spring Break Invitational got underway. The two-day event opened early Monday morning with Estacada’s 14-3 win over War- renton, and concluded Monday night with Astoria’s 27-0 victory over Ilwaco. In between, Scio won a pair of games — 20-3 over Seaside and 7-6 over Estacada; and As- toria defeated Warrenton 7-3 in the big local showdown. The Lady Fish rallied from DQGGH¿FLWVWREHDWWKH Warriors. Warrenton opened the game with three straight singles to FHQWHU ¿HOG IURP /DQGUHH 0L- ethe, Bri Marsch and Allysa Casteel, with Casteel’s hit scor- ing Miethe. Astoria got out of the inning on an unassisted double play by shortstop Mykka Abrahams. And Astoria quickly tied the VFRUHLQWKHERWWRPRIWKH¿UVW as Rylee DeMander reached EDVHRQWKH¿UVWRIHLJKW:DUUHQ- ton errors, and scored on a two- out base hit to left by Kelsey Wullger. Miethe had her second base hit in the top of the third and scored on an error to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead, but Astoria answered with three runs in the bottom of the third. Wullger led off with her sec- ond hit, followed by a walk and a hit batter to load the bases. Sara Lertora drew a bases loaded walk to force in one run, and a Warrenton error allowed two more base runners to score for a 4-2 Astoria lead. Abi Danen and Libby DiBartolomeo added run-scor- ing singles in the fourth, and Abrahams gave the Lady Fish JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily Astorian Warrenton’s Niqui Blodgett, No. 11, pitches during the second inning of the softball game against Astoria at Sea- side’s Broadway Field Monday. JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily Astorian Astoria’s Caitlyn Hougham, No. 20, scores after a hit by Abi Danen in the fourth inning of the softball game against Warrenton. See more photos online at www.dailyastorian.com SCOREBOARD PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Baseball — Astoria at Glencoe Tournament, TBA Softball — Knappa at Riverside, 10 a.m.; Nyssa vs. Knappa, at Riverside, 3 p.m.; Seaside Tourna- ment: Estacada vs. Seaside, 10 a.m.; Scio vs. Asto- ria, 12:15 p.m.; Ilwaco vs. Seaside, 2:30 p.m.; Ilwaco vs. Warrenton, 4:45 p.m. WEDNESDAY Baseball — Astoria at Glencoe Tournament, TBA; WKHLU¿QDOUXQZLWKDQ5%,VLQJOH WKDWVFRUHG/HUWRUDLQWKH¿IWK Marsch had a single and a double for the Warriors, and freshman Niqui Blodgett had a run-scoring single in the top of WKH ¿IWK IRU :DUUHQWRQ¶V WKLUG run. DiBartolomeo went the dis- tance on the mound for Astoria, allowing six hits with six strike- outs and three walks. 'DQHQ¿QLVKHGZLWKWZRKLWV for the Lady Fish, then belted a home run in the win over Ilwa- co. Seaside vs. North Valley, at Madras Tournament, 11:30 a.m.; Naselle at Warrenton, 4 p.m. Softball — Naselle at Warrenton, 4 p.m.; Knappa at Heppner, 1:30 p.m. THURSDAY Baseball — Seaside at Madras Tournament, TBA Track — Pacific League meet, at Ilwaco, TBA FRIDAY Baseball — Seaside at Madras Tournament, TBA; Warrenton at Regis, 1 p.m. Estacada 14, Warrenton 3 Estacada built a 6-1 through two innings, on its way to a 14-3 win over the Warriors in one of Monday’s early games. Warrenton’s Landree Mi- ethe drew a leadoff walk, stole second, advanced to third on D ¿HOGHU¶V FKRLFH KLW E\ %UL Marsch and stole home on a de- layed steal, giving the Warriors an early lead. :DUUHQWRQ¿QLVKHGZLWKMXVW two hits, by Niqui Blodgett and Alyssa Herrera. JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily Astorian Scio 20, Seaside 3 Scio took advantage of some early walks to score a 20-3 win over Seaside. Jetta Ideue, Whitney Wester- holm, Paige Ideue, Alisa Gonza- lez and Katie Hotchkiss had hits for the Gulls. Knappa drops a pair RIVERSIDE — The Knap- pa softball team opened a six- game road swing Monday with two games in the Riverside Tournament. Pilot Rock edged the Log- Astoria’s Abi Danen, No. 33, hits a one drive to score a run in the fourth inning of the softball game against Warrenton. gers 3-1 in the opener, and Weston-McEwen defeated Knappa 13-2 in Game 2. Logger pitcher Kacie Cam- eron struck out 13 batters in the ¿UVWJDPHDOORZLQJVL[KLWVDQG a walk. McKailyn Rogers had two of Knappa’s four hits. Alyson Olheiser went 2-for-3 in the loss to Weston-McEwen. BASEBALL Loggers win; Fishermen fall TOLEDO — A possible state championship pre- view? Only time will tell, but for now the Knappa Loggers could be the new team to beat in Class 2A baseball, as they knocked off defending 2A state champion Monroe, 11-5, Monday in To- ledo. Knappa’s second game with Toledo was postponed. In Hillsboro, McMinnville defeated Astoria 6-0 in the Glen- coe Tournament, which contin- ues today. Gunner: Labrador will also serve as a police mascot Drug dog Continued from Page 1A Because citizens nationwide carry PHGLFDO PDULMXDQD FDUGV DQG VHYHUDO states have legalized recreational mar- LMXDQD ZLWK 2UHJRQ VHW WR MRLQ WKHP July 1, 2015), Gunner and many other .RI¿FHUVRIKLVJHQHUDWLRQZLOOQRW be trained to hit on that drug. After he and Gregory spent two months bonding and working with a trainer from Washington County at different sites, including City Hall and the public works building, Gunner was RI¿FLDOO\ FHUWL¿HG WKURXJK WKH 3DFL¿F Northwest Police Detection Dog Asso- ciation March 3. Gunner has been deployed on sev- eral calls, though Gregory couldn’t comment on them because the cases are pending. “He’s such a good worker,” Gregory said. “We really lucked out with him.” Relationship-builder In about six months, Gunner will begin his search-and-rescue training with Clatsop County Search and Res- cue, Chief Jason Schermerhorn said. It is “standard practice” to wait a while before adding a new trick to a .RI¿FHU¶VUHSHUWRLUHKHVDLG³<RX don’t want to throw everything on board at once because it can be confus- ing for the dog.” 2QFHKH¶VFHUWL¿HGLQWKDWDUHD*XQ- QHU ZLOO EH DEOH WR KHOS RI¿FHUV WUDFN down missing residents or hikers lost in the city’s forest reserves. This, coupled ERICK BENGEL — EO Media Group Officer Josh Gregory gives some well-deserved love to Gunner, the only narcotics dog in Clatsop County at the moment. Gunner was cer- tified March 3. his drug-detection skills, will make him a “dual-purpose” dog, Schermerhorn said. Gunner will also serve as a mascot for the department, and Gregory plans eventually to introduce Gunner to local schools. $.RI¿FHUFDQEHD³WRROWKDW¶V used to build relationships with stu- GHQWV´ PDNLQJ LW HDVLHU IRU RI¿FHUV teach kids about the dangers of drugs, Cough: ‘We’re at about 190 cases right now’ Continued from Page 1A would not be back in school until April 2 at the earliest. With state tests and spring break coming up, the timing to make such a decision is not “perfect,” Tobin said. How- ever, it could have been worse: exposure to pertussis could KDYHKDSSHQHGLQWKHPLGGOHRIWKHPDMRUWHVWLQJSXVK Otherwise, Tobin says it is “business as usual for the most part” at the high school. To ask questions about this, call the health department at 642-9343 or, if after hours, call the non-emergency dis- patch line, 642-9397, and ask for the public health nurse on call. Last year, there were no reported cases of whooping cough LQ 3DFL¿F &RXQW\ DFFRUGLQJ WR WKH :DVKLQJWRQ 'HSDUWPHQW of Health, but pertussis has been on the upswing in the state since 2012. At this time last year, DOH recorded 30 cases. The num- ber is much higher this year. “We’re at about 190 cases right now,” said Katie Wolt, health educator with DOH. “With people traveling, with spring break happening, we’ve seen an uptick,” Wolt said. She added that after state wrestling competitions they also will usually see an in- crease in the number of diagnosed cases. the importance of being productive cit- L]HQVDQGWKDW³SROLFHRI¿FHUVDUHSHR- ple, too,” Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin said. Before long, Gregory and Gunner may start doing public demonstrations of Gunner’s drug-detection skills at different community events — for ex- ample, the department’s “Coffee with a Cop” outreach meetings. ory and the Washington County trainer spent about four weeks trying to train a donated 2-year-old Belgian Malinois named “Cash” on drug detection. As reported in a Daily Astorian sto- ry that went viral, however, Cash turned out to be high-strung, afraid of heights, barked at inappropriate moments and ultimately failed to complete the train- ing. He was returned to his original owner, Tami Schultz, of Clatsop Coun- ty Search and Rescue, in October. Two months later, the department purchased Gunner from Top Dog Po- lice K-9 Training and Consulting, a company in Modesto, Calif., for $6,200, an amount that also paid for a one-year warranty on Gunner’s health that includes a total refund or replace- ment should Gunner not work out. The Cannon Beach Police Depart- ment had spent much of 2014 raising funds and lining up community dona- WLRQVIRULWV.RI¿FHUSURJUDP So far, the department has raised al- most $30,000, according to Schermer- horn. In addition, Dogs Allowed Can- non Beach has pledged to supply free dog food for the life of the program, and Dr. Robert Remensnyder, a veteri- narian at Seaside Pet Clinic, said he will administer Gunner’s routine check-ups “Cash” and costs free of charge. Gunner may have passed his narcot- Soon, the department may launch LFVFHUWL¿FDWLRQWHVWRQKLV¿UVWDWWHPSW another phase of fundraising because, but Gunner himself represents the de- as equipment is added and training partment’s second attempt to pick the FRQWLQXHVWKHFRVWVRIWKH.RI¿FHU right pup. program will keep incurring, Schermer- Last September and October, Greg- horn said. Gunner, whose radio call sign is 709, is the only narcotics dog in Clatsop County. Other local law enforcement agencies, including the Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Team, may use *XQQHUWR¿QGGUXJVDWFULPHVFHQHV during highway vehicle stops and in drug-related investigations. 7KHFRXQW\6KHULII¶V2I¿FHUHWLUHGLWV last narcotics dog, a female Border Col- lie mix named “Dixie,” when her han- GOHU'HSXW\2I¿FHU7LP*XHVWPRYHG to the Bend Police Department in late 2013, according to Alan Palmrose, a pa- WUROVHUJHDQWZLWKWKHVKHULII¶VRI¿FH 7KH6KHULII¶V2I¿FHVWLOOKDVDSDWURO dog, a Belgian Malinois named “Pax,” but may soon start gathering funds to restart its narcotics dog program, Ber- gin said. “It’s terrible that we even have to go down this road, but, unfortunately, there’s a lot of drugs in our community,” he said. Jeff Roberts, assistant principal of Seaside High School, said his school re- lied on Dixie to locate drugs in students’ ORFNHUVDQGPD\UHO\RQ*XQQHUWR¿OO that role. A narcotics dog, he said, is a “tremendous resource” that can “help keep our kids safe.” FAQS Here is a question-and-answer format brief- ing on the disease from the Washington State Department of Health: What is whooping cough (also known as pertussis)? Whooping cough spreads easily and is caused by bacteria. It spreads by coughing and sneezing and mainly affects the respira- tory system (the organs that help you breathe). How serious is whooping cough? Whooping cough is very serious, especially for babies and young kids. Whooping cough can cause pneumonia, seizures, brain dam- age, and death. About half of babies younger than one year of age who get whooping cough are hospitalized. What are the symptoms of whooping cough? The symptoms differ depending on your age. Babies and young kids can have severe coughing spells that make it hard to eat, drink, breathe, or sleep. Some babies may turn blue because they can’t catch their breath. Older kids and adults may have a bad cough, a run- ny nose, and a fever. How soon do symptoms appear? Symptoms usually start 5 to 21 days after exposure to whooping cough (average is 7 to 10 days after exposure). How is whooping cough treated? Whooping cough is generally treated with antibiotics. It’s important to start treatment as soon as possible to slow the spread of the disease. Early treatment may also make the symptoms less severe. How is whooping cough prevented? Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent whooping cough. Using good health manners also helps slow the spread of whooping cough and many other diseases—wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home when you’re sick. Are some people at higher risk from whooping cough? People at greatest risk from whooping cough include: • Infants under one year old. • Pregnant women (especially in the third trimester). • People with asthma could potentially have more serious symptoms if they get whooping cough. Can I spread whooping cough even if I don’t have a bad cough? Yes. You can have whooping cough without realizing it and infect others. That’s why it’s important to get vaccinated. It’s especially im- portant if you know you’ll be around babies or pregnant women. What if I was exposed to someone who has whooping cough? Call your doctor, nurse, or clinic as soon as possible. You may be given antibiotics that can stop you from getting the disease. Try to stay away from other people until treated (or until another diagnosis for the cough proves it’s not contagious). What should I do if I think someone in my family has whooping cough? If you think you or one of your family mem- bers has whooping cough, call your doctor, nurse, or clinic. Try to stay away from other people until the illness is treated (or another diagnosis for the cough proves it’s not conta- gious). How should employers handle em- ployees returning to work who have had whooping cough? Employers should talk with their Human Re- sources Office to understand their company policies, procedures, and labor agreements. Employers should not share individual em- ployee health information with others. What’s the best cleaning method to pre- vent spreading whooping cough? While pertussis bacteria can live on a sur- face or object for several days, most people don’t get whooping cough from contact with surfaces or objects. They get it from close con- tact with people who have whooping cough.