The Pioneers are tied with Hillsboro for the third playoff spot in the NWOC

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy's Mattie Burns slides safely into third base.

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In a crucial game game with playoff implications, the Sandy offense struck at just the right time.

Entering the bottom of the fourth trailing 2-0, the Pioneers got three runs in the frame to take the lead. That would be all they would need as Sandy pitcher Jamey Wolf shut down the Milwaukie offense the remainder of the game, allowing Sandy to hang on for the 3-2 victory on Wednesday, May 3.

"From here on out, every game for us is a huge win. We are fighting for those top spots in the league," Sandy head coach Ariel Fulkerson said. "We've got really good leadership on this team, which gives us the ability to comeback when we're down."

The Milwaukie lineup got to Wolf in the first inning when Sierra Lehman and Jordan Mendez-Oliver had back-to-back RBI singles to give the Mustangs the two-run advantage. However, that would be the only offense that Milwaukie would generate in the contest.

"The girls are working hard, today just wasn't their day...We're struggling with our bats and making adjustments from one pitcher to another," Milwaukie head coach Danielle Basile said. "We're working on the mental side of the game a little bit right now, but I think we'll get there. I have confidence in this team."

Look for the full version in the May 10 print edition.

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