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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017
Gary Henley | Sports Reporter
Astoria now 15-4,
with 15-4 win
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BEAVERTON — It was an
active first three innings Friday
at Valley Catholic, where the Val-
iants hosted Astoria for a Cowapa
League baseball game.
The two teams were tied 4-4
after one inning, before the Fisher-
men scored six in the second and
five in the third on their way to a
15-4, five-inning win.
Astoria had 12 hits, with six
walks. The Fishermen were also
hit by pitch three times. Astoria
batters have been hit by 28 pitches
this season, in 19 games.
Eight Astoria players had hits
and nine different players scored
runs for the Fishermen, who
improved to 10-2 in league play,
Kyle Strange led the Astoria
offense, as the senior went 3-for-5
with two doubles, drove in five
runs and scored twice.
Astoria pitchers Tyler Lyngs-
tad and Ole Englund combined on
a six-hitter, with six strikeouts and
Gull boys score
third win over
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Natalie Cummings and the Astoria girls track team are big favorites to win the Cowapa League title
later this week, and another state championship after that.
North Coast athletes
dominate Baker Invite
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SEASIDE — Seaside finished
off a sweep of the season series
with Tillamook Friday at Broad-
way Field, where the Gulls posted
a 4-2 win over the Cheesemakers.
Scott Plampin went the dis-
tance on the mound for the Gulls,
allowing five hits with five strike-
outs and no walks. He threw just
71 pitches, 54 for strikes.
Duncan Thompson had two
of Seaside’s five hits, while Dun-
can Thompson had a triple and
Plampin had the lone RBI for
the Gulls, who improve to 3-9 in
Baseball — Astoria at Tillamook, 5
p.m.; Seaside at Banks, 5 p.m.
Softball — Portland Adventist at War-
renton, 4 p.m.
Girls Golf — Regionals, at Quail Val-
ley, 11 a.m.
Boys Golf — Regionals, TBA
GLADSTONE — With the
Cowapa League championships
coming up later this week, the
Astoria girls track team is primed
and ready for another state title
The Lady Fishermen warmed
up for the postseason by closing
out their regular season sched-
ule with another team champion-
ship Saturday, at the annual Dick
Baker Invitational, hosted by
Astoria scored 164 points to far
out-distance the runner-up (Class
5A Corvallis, with 106.5 points)
in the girls’ team standings.
The Seaside and Asto-
ria boys were third and fourth,
respectively, behind Central and
It was a banner day in gen-
eral for the North Coast, with
Astoria or Seaside athletes win-
ning 13 of the combined 34
events, against some of the top
competition in the state. The
Gulls and Fishermen also com-
bined for 11 second-place and six
The Astoria girls were led by
quadruple winner Darian Hage-
man, with wins in the high jump
(5-2), long jump (17-3¾) triple
jump (37-2) and pole vault (10-
0). Teammate Shrida Sharma was
second in the pole vault.
On the track, the Lady Fish
won or placed in the top three in
everything from the sprints (sis-
ters Natalie and Gracie Cum-
mings, first and second, respec-
tively, in the 100 meters and
Gracie won the 200 meters), the
hurdles (Nara Van de Grift second
in both hurdle races), to the relays
(first in the 400-meter relay, sec-
ond in the 1,600).
On the boys’ side, the Fisher-
men and Gulls showed that the
race for the league title could be
a two-team battle between Asto-
ria and Seaside.
With junior Tim Barnett lead-
ing the way, the Astoria boys will
have a shot.
Barnett won the javelin with a
throw of 159-feet, 1 inch (team-
mate Donald Dieffenbach was
third, 148-0), and took second
in the shot put and discus behind
Molalla senior Mont Child.
Lucas Caruana added a win
in the 3,000 meters, in a personal
For Seaside, senior Jackson
Januik — the back-to-back state
champion in the 800 meters —
is looking at No. 3, following his
win Saturday in a personal best
1:57.80, the fourth-fastest indi-
vidual in school history. Caruana
The Gulls’ Bradley Rzewnicki
won the 1,500 meters in 4:15.01;
Will Garvin took first in the 300
hurdles in 42.07; Juneau Meyer
was second in the 100 (11.65),
and the Gulls’ 1,600 relay of Levi
Card, Hunter Thompson, Jackson
Januik and Meyer took second in
In the field events, Seaside’s
Phoenix Johnson cleared a per-
sonal best 6-0 to win the high
jump, and also took second in the
triple jump and long jump.
Scappoose will be the host
team for the Cowapa League
Championships, Thursday and
Astoria 15, Valley Catholic 4
465 00—15 12 1
400 00—4 6 5
Lyngstad, Englund (1) and Gohl;
Rapp, Tranquill (2), Weber (3) and Pruitt.
W: Englund. L: Rapp. RBI: Ast, Strange
5, Gohl 3, Fremstad 2, O’Brien, En-
glund, Hageman, Lyngstad; VC, Rapp,
Magenheimer, Pruitt, Tranquill. 2B: Ast,
Strange 2, Englund. HBP: Ast, Frems-
tad, Tuimato, Englund; VC, Nakamura.
LOB: Astoria 10, Valley Catholic 5.
Seaside 4, Tillamook 2
Tillamook 000 011 0—2 5 6
000 310 x—4 5 1
Witthoft and Wagner; Plampin and
Walsh. W: Plampin. L: Witthoft. RBI: Til,
Witthoft, McRae; Sea, Plampin. 2B: Til,
Witthoft, McRae. 3B: Sea, Thompson.
LOB: Tillamook 3, Seaside 5. DP: Tilla-
Royals 6, Warriors 0
P.Christian 222 000 0—6 9 0
Warrenton 000 000 0—0 4 3
Duckett and Wright; Morrow, Little (3)
and Breitmeyer. W: Duckett. L: Morrow.
2B: PC, Wright.
Warriors 4, Royals 3
P.Christian 102 000 0—3 6 2
Warrenton 001 102 x—4 4 1
Osborne, Dailey (4) and Wright; Jack-
son and Morrow. W: Jackson. L: Dailey.
2B: PC, Duckett 2, Clark; War, Morrow.
Warriors 19, Royals 0
Portland C. 000 00—0 0 7
049 6x—19 13 0
WP: Niqui Blodgett (8 K’s, 1 walk).
LP: Elaina Chinchilla (0 K’s, 10 walks).
RBI: War, Miethe 3, Blodgett 2, Ramsey,
Duncan, Bue, Bussert, Ru.Dyer. 2B:
War, Little, Ra.Dyer, Blodgett, Miethe,
Bue. HBP: War, Blodgett, Duncan.
Warriors 20, Royals 0
Portland C. 000 00—0 1 5
Warrenton (10)64 0x—20 6 0
WP: Niqui Blodgett (9 K’s, 0 walks). LP:
Josie Ernst (1 K, 20 walks). RBI: War,
Little 5, Ramsey 3, Blodgett 2, Kapua 2,
Ra.Dyer, Miethe, Bue, Ru.Dyer. 2B: War,
Little. HR: War, Little. HBP: War, Dun-
can, Bussert. LOB: Portland Christian
1, Warrenton 9. DP: Portland Christian.
Fresh horses await Derby winner in Preakness
By BETH HARRIS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Always
Dreaming is headed to the Preakness
in two weeks, when the Kentucky
Derby winner is likely to face several
fresh horses that skipped the first leg
of the Triple Crown.
A majority of the 20-horse field
that ran on a sloppy Churchill Downs
track in Saturday’s Derby won’t go on
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday
that Always Dreaming will head to
Baltimore on Tuesday so the 3-year-
old colt has plenty of time to adjust to
his new surroundings ahead of the 1
3/16-mile race to be run May 20.
“At Pimlico, there’s generally not
a lot of horses training there,” he said.
“It will be a quiet environment, give
us time to get him settled in and if we
have to make any adjustments, we’ll
have time to do that.”
Always Dreaming will take up res-
idence in stall No. 40, which tradition-
ally houses the Derby winner in the
Pimlico stakes barn.
The dark bay colt was difficult to
train in the days leading to the Derby,
forcing Pletcher to adjust his equip-
ment. Eventually, Always Dreaming
settled down and won by 2¾ lengths,
equaling the longest streak of favor-
ites to win since five in a row did so
in the 1890s.
“He’s really got some spring in his
step this morning,” Pletcher said.
The 49-year-old trainer and jockey
John Velazquez won their second Der-
bies. Pletcher was still sorting through
hundreds of congratulatory text mes-
sages, including ones from Hall of
WARRENTON — It took 15
games and most of the regular sea-
son schedule, but win No. 1 is in
the books for the Warrenton base-
ball team, which split a double-
header with Portland Christian
Friday at Huddleston Field.
The Royals won Game 1, 6-0,
before the Warriors rallied for a
4-3 victory in Game 2, their first
win of 2017.
“These kids haven’t won a lot
this year,” said Warrenton coach
Lennie Wolfe, referring to subpar
seasons in football, wrestling and
basketball. “So I’m real proud of
“We’re young, and they’ve
been focused on this doubleheader
all year long as a place where
we could kind of reverse our for-
tunes,” he said.
Warrenton had just four hits
in the opener, but left runners
stranded in every inning.
The Warriors only had four
hits in Game 2 as well, but War-
renton managed to push runs
across in the fourth and fifth, then
scored two in the sixth to take the
Devin Jackson gave up six
hits, and struck out eight with two
walks to pick up the complete
game win. He completed all seven
innings in 93 pitches.
“Devin threw a fantastic
game,” Wolfe said. “The real
key was that he did a great job of
maintaining his composure when
he had runners on base.”
In Game 2, Warrenton’s Jake
Morrow had a one-out double in
the bottom of the sixth. Austin
Little reached on a bunt with two
strikes, and Kale’o Kapua walked
to load the bases.
Derek Ham drew another walk
to force in the tying run, and a sac-
rifice fly from Gabe Breitmeyer
scored Little with the eventual
Morrow — Warrenton’s
catcher in Game 2 — threw out a
runner at third for a key out in the
top of the seventh to help the War-
riors close it out.
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Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming watches all the activity
outside his Barn 40 stall at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Sunday.
Fame basketball coach Lute Olson
and Dallas Cowboys coach Jason
No horse asserted his dominance
in the winter prep races leading up
to the 143rd Derby. As the winner,
Always Dreaming certainly com-
mands respect. However, the colt isn’t
scaring away the competition in the
The field for the second leg of the
Triple Crown is capped at 14 — six
fewer than the Derby.
“There’s not that much separation
from this bunch of 3-year-olds right
now, from what I can see, other than
maybe the winner yesterday,” said
trainer Ken McPeek, who is point-
ing Lexington Stakes winner Senior
Investment toward the Preakness.
Among Always Dreaming’s Derby
rivals, second-place finisher Lookin
At Lee and 13th-place Girvin are pos-
sible for the Preakness. If an issue
with fourth-place Classic Empire’s
right eye clears up, he could join them.
Classic Empire got banged into by
McCraken in the start of a chain-reac-
tion collision and his eye was nearly
closed shut on Sunday.
“I’d like another crack at every-
body because he had a trip from hell,”
trainer Mark Casse said. “He looks a
bit like Muhammad Ali after a rough
Southern California-based Royal
Mo, who didn’t get into the Derby,
will run in the Preakness.
WARRENTON — After two
losses in two days, the Warren-
ton softball team bounced back
with two easy wins Friday at
home, with a 19-0, 20-0 dou-
bleheader sweep over Portland
The Warriors scored in six of
their eight at-bats, and collected
19 hits (seven for extra bases),
with 30 walks and four hit bat-
ters. Warrenton improves to 5-4
in league, 15-5 overall, while the
Royals fall to 0-16.
Warrenton had 13 hits in the
opener, including five doubles.
The Warriors also drew 10 walks,
while the Royals committed
The Warriors only had six hits
in Game 2, but drew 20 walks and
two hit batters, with the Royals
committing five more errors.
Tyla Little had a home run,
a double and five RBIs in the
second game, and Niqui Blodgett
threw her second no-hit-
ter of the season in Game 1.
Blodgett allowed just one hit in
Game 2, as she finished with 17
strikeouts on the day, with just
Elaina Chinchilla had the lone
hit for Portland Christian.