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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018
Gary Henley | Sports Reporter
Astoria second in rainy Seaside Invite
Gary Henley/The Daily Astorian
Seaside’s Tristyn McFadden follows her tee shots in Monday’s round. She led the Gulls with 36 points.
The Gulls also scored well
on their home course, which
was a little soggy for Monday’s
Tristyn McFadden led Seaside
with 36 points, followed by Cait-
lin Hillman (23), Madi Grimm (11)
and Sydney Rapp (10).
Makenzie Kaech led Ilwaco with
37, with teammate Madeline Jacob-
son carding 30 points.
A weatherproof Cait-
lin Hillman of Seaside
chips on to the green.
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Blazers seek tie vs Pelicans in Game 2 tonight
By BRIAN MAHONEY
The Portland Trail Blaz-
ers fought their way through a
pressure-packed playoff race
to earn home-court advantage
in a series, then lost it in one
The Toronto Raptors know that
problem all too well, so they want
to take advantage of playing from
ahead for a change.
They try for their first 2-0 play-
off series lead ever Tuesday night
against Washington, while the
Trail Blazers try to even things
up in against the New Orleans
Boston and Milwaukee play the
other Game 2 on Tuesday after the
Celtics pulled out a 113-107 over-
time victory on Sunday.
The No. 3 Trail Blazers were
the highest-seeded team to lose
so far, falling 97-95 on Saturday.
Anthony Davis was dominant,
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum
were slow-starting, and the Pel-
icans got a couple big defensive
plays down the stretch from Jrue
Holiday to hold on after the Blazers
nearly came back from a 19-point
“I think it puts some pressure
on us,” Lillard said. “You know,
you come in with home court, the
first two games on your floor and
you lose the first one, and now
they’re saying in their locker room
we got one, why not go get another
one. And our job is to defend the
“We’ve got to tighten up, come
back sharper, and take care of
Toronto had lost Game 1 at
home all six times it had home-
court advantage in a series, part of
an overall 10-game losing streak
in series openers, before beat-
ing Washington 114-106 dropped
on Saturday. Finally, the Raptors
PREP SPORTS SCHEDULE
Baseball — Tillamook at Astoria
(CMH Field), 4 p.m.; Banks at Seaside,
5 p.m.; Portland Christian at Warrenton,
4:30 p.m.; Knappa at Neah-Kah-Nie,
Softball — Astoria at Tillamook, 5
p.m.; Seaside at Banks, 5 p.m.; Portland
Christian at Warrenton, 4:30 p.m.; Knap-
pa at Neah-Kah-Nie, 4:30 p.m.
Track — Astoria/Seaside at Tillamook,
Boys golf — Banks Invitational, Noon
Baseball — Astoria at Tillamook, 5
p.m.; Seaside at Banks, 5 p.m.
Softball — Tillamook at Astoria, 5
p.m.; Banks at Seaside, 5 p.m.; Warren-
ton at Portland Adventist (2), 3:30 p.m.
Track — NWL meet, Knappa, 3:30
Boys golf — Astoria at Tillamook, 1
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GEARHART — Twenty-one
varsity golfers braved the elements
on a wet and windy Monday at
Gearhart Golf Links.
That’s just what golfers usually
have to do this time of year on the
Six teams showed up for the
Seaside Invitational girls golf tour-
nament, where the Lady Gulls
hosted three other Cowapa League
schools, along with golfers from
Ilwaco and Wahkiakum.
In between numerous rain
showers and wind gusts, Scap-
poose managed to score the team
Under the Stableford scor-
ing system, the Indians compiled
161 points to finish ahead of Asto-
ria (125), Ilwaco (118) and Sea-
side (80). Tillamook and Wah-
kiakum did not have enough
golfers to score in the team
Morgan Hall of Scappoose
racked up 53 points to earn med-
alist honors, ahead of Asto-
ria’s Sam Hemsley (47) and
Scappoose teammate Kaitlyn
Besides Hemsley, Astoria picked
up 33 points from Jenna Travers,
while three others had personal best
scores: Sarah Lertora (23), Sierra
Adams (22) and Gracie Cummings
at Gearhart Golf Links
Team: Scappoose 161, Astoria 125,
Ilwaco 118, Seaside 80.
Medalist: Morgan Hall, Scappoose,
Morgan Hall, 53
Kaitlyn Bakkensen, 42
Kenzy Sue, 35
Cali Enos, 31
Sam Hemsley, 47
Jenna Travers, 33
Sarah Lertora, 23
Sierra Adams, 22
Gracie Cummings, 22
Makenzie Kaech, 37
Madeline Jacobson, 30
Maddie Chabot, 26
Faith Richardson, 25
Tristyn McFadden, 36
Caitlin Hillman, 23
Madi Grimm, 11
Sydney Rapp, 10
Eason back home
NBA PLAYOFFS: RND 1
Randy L. Rasmussen/Associated Press
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard passes against the
defense of New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic, left, and
forward Darius Miller on Saturday in Portland during Game 1 of
the playoff series.
could enjoy the start of postsea-
“And for me, this year is finally
a year I can be happy watch-
ing other games and not be like
‘Damn, I lost Game 1,’” point
guard Kyle Lowry said.
Some things to know about
NEED TO KNOW: Anthony
Davis had 35 points in the opener
and has scored 25 or more in his
first five postseason games. He
can tie LeBron James for the sec-
ond-longest streak to begin a
career, behind Kareem Abdul-Jab-
bar’s 14 straight, according to
KEEP AN EYE ON: Rajon
Rondo. A 17-assist, eight-rebound
opener was another reminder of
how much the Pelicans’ point
guard can elevate his game in the
INJURY UPDATE: Port-
land’s Maurice Harkless is nearing
a return from late-season left knee
surgery, but may not be available
until later in the series.
PRESSURE IS ON: The Blaz-
ers’ backcourt. Damian Lillard and
CJ McCollum combined to shoot
just 13 for 41, and their three com-
bined points on 1-for-15 shooting
in the first half doomed Portland to
a big hole from which it could not
No. 6 seed
No. 3 seed
ORLEANS vs TRAIL
Game 2: New Orleans leads 1-0
Today, 7:30 PM
At Portland, Moda Center
Paxton, Mariners win 2-1, snap six-game skid vs Houston
By TODD MILLES
SEATTLE — James Paxton made sure not to let
a Mariners nemesis ruin his night right from the
Paxton shook off a leadoff home run from
Houston’s George Springer to deliver six strong
innings, and Seattle beat the Astros 2-1 on Mon-
day to end a six-game skid against the World
After that home run, Paxton (1-1) was solid,
striking out seven and allowing two more hits.
Dee Gordon’s RBI double off Astros starter
Dallas Keuchel (0-3) made it 2-1 in the sixth
inning, putting Paxton in line for the win.
“That is what you’ve got to do, you’ve got to
play a clean game,” Mariners manager Scott Ser-
vais said. “We did tonight.”
Springer has feasted on Mariners pitching over
the years, and coming into the series opener Mon-
day was the only Houston regular to ever hit a
home run off Paxton.
Ted S. Warren/Associated Press
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Pax-
ton throws against the Houston Astros.
On the fifth pitch of the game, Springer
smashed an inside fastball way back in left
field for his 19th career home run against
“He’s tough,” Springer said. “He throws hard
and has a great angle on his ball. It’s kind of one
of those things where I’m looking for something
to hit, and hopefully I don’t miss it.”
After giving up the 455-foot blast, Paxton set-
tled down by pounding the inside part of the plate.
“You can’t let one hit — one home run — take
me out of my game,” Paxton said.
Nick Vincent and Juan Nicasio got the ball
to closer Edwin Diaz, and he pitched a scoreless
ninth for his AL-leading seventh save.
Nelson Cruz hit his third home run in five
games with his tying solo blast off Keuchel with
two outs in the fourth.
Catcher David Freitas led off the sixth for
Seattle with a double. Gordon followed with
a soft line drive to right that Springer was
slow to after losing his footing and slipping
on the grass.
“Dee wasn’t trying to do too much with the
ball,” Keuchel said. “I felt like we were playing
pretty deep on him. If I make a mistake and he hits
it over somebody’s head, then I’m fine with that.
That was just bad luck.”
Houston has scored one or fewer runs in back-
to-back losses. That never happened in the Astros’
run to the World Series title last season.
SEATTLE — Jacob Eason
is ready to become arguably the
most highly touted scout team
quarterback in the country.
The former Georgia starter is
nearing the end of his first spring
with Washington and preparing
for a season spent as a spectator.
But waiting at the end of that long
year of watching is the expectation
that when 2019 begins, the trans-
fer will be the Huskies’ starter.
“This year is going to be a great
year for learning and getting better
in this program and making rela-
tionships with some of the guys
and the coaches on this team,”
Eason said Monday. “It’s going
to be a different year for sure but
that’s doesn’t mean I’m not going
to compete like I can play. Every
practice, every rep you’ve got to
get better and better so that’s what
I’m going to do.”
It’s been a long journey for
Eason to end up back where he
started. He left the Pacific North-
west after graduating from Lake
Stevens High School, about 35
miles from the Washington cam-
pus, and was expected to be the
next great quarterback at Georgia.
He was pretty good his freshman
season, throwing for 2,430 yards
and 21 touchdowns and leading
the Bulldogs to an 8-5 record and
a bowl victory.
RENTON, Wash. — The Seat-
tle Seahawks have brought back
another arm for the beginning of
their offseason program, re-sign-
ing quarterback Austin Davis.
The Seahawks also signed free
agent linebacker Paul Dawson,
while exclusive rights free agents
center Joey Hunt, defensive end
Branden Jackson and long snap-
per Tyler Ott signed their tenders.
Seattle made the moves at the
beginning of its offseason work-
out program Monday.
Davis will enter his second
season as a presumptive backup
to Russell Wilson. Davis was a
one-time starter with the Rams.
He appeared in three games with
Seattle last season, but did not
throw a pass. He hasn’t thrown a
pass in a game since 2015.
Dawson was signed to Seat-
tle’s practice squad last November
and appeared in three games late
— Associated Press