Early outburst is enough for Sandy in a 5-4 win at Clackamas

by: SANDY POST: DAVID BALL - Sandys Jennifer Burns heads down the first-base line after making contact. CLACKAMAS — Sandy’s softball team put together an early scoring spurt and held off a late charge to pick up a 5-4 win at reigning Three Rivers League champ Clackamas last week — the team’s fifth one-run win of the season.

The Pioneers broke the game open with a spurt in the third inning that saw the team put together six straight hits. Rachel Rutledge got it started with an RBI-single into left field, while Hannah Holliday slapped a bouncer between two infielders that allowed teammate Sammie Byron to come home from second base. Jennifer Burns followed with an RBI-double down the right-field line and Tierra Ramsey punched an RBI-single through the middle to build the early lead to 5-0.

Sandy had to make the most of those runs because they wouldn’t add another.

The Cavaliers tried to answer in the bottom of the third by drawing a pair of walks, but Sandy kept them off the scoreboard when Holliday knocked down a line drive near third base and stomped on the bag to get the lead runner. Moments later, teammate Maddie Welch caught a fly ball in right field to strand two runners.

The Pioneers carried a shutout into the late innings, retiring the side in order in the fifth after Mattie Burns dived to her left to stab a bouncer with her glove and made a throw from her knees to collect the final out.

Clackamas finally came alive in the sixth inning, getting on the scoreboard when McKenzie Giancola hopped the left-field fence for a two-run double. Jade Haehlen sent a single through the middle to cut the margin to 5-3 before Holliday caught a line drive at third base to keep the tying run in the batter’s box.

Sandy appeared to be on its way to the buses when Paige Allinger recorded a pair of quick outs at first base, highlighted by a lunging catch to get the lead-off hitter. But Clackamas caused a few nervous moments after Cassie Haehlen popped a solo shot over the left-field fence to make it a one-run game.

The suspense was short-lived when Mattie Burns gobbled up a ground ball for the final out.

Sandy opened the scoring on an RBI-single by Jennifer Burns in the second inning.

The No. 4-ranked Pioneers finished the week with back-to-back 3-2 losses at Tualatin and at home against Camas. The team wraps up the preseason Thursday at Glencoe before opening the NWOC schedule at 5 p.m. Tuesday at home against Rex Putnam.

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