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The Pioneers can't recover after giving up two five-run innings to the Falcons on Tuesday.

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy's Alejandra Ortega breaks for third base in Sandy's 10-5 loss to La Salle.



NWOC
5A Softball

Team Score
La Salle
10
Sandy
5


SANDY — La Salle badly needed an offensive boost.

Coming into their game against Sandy, the Falcons had scored just two runs combined in their previous four games.

But La Salle found what their were looking for in their game against Sandy, exploding for 10 runs to beat the Pioneers 10-5 on Tuesday, April 12.

"It honestly feels like a breath of fresh air," La Salle head coach Kirsten Smith said about her team's first league victory. "We did a great job of getting people on base."

Sandy was the team that jumped ahead in the bottom of the first, despite not getting a hit. Katie Bruner started off the frame by getting beamed by a pitch and Mac Brisbine reached on error. Both runners would end up scoring on wild pitches to give the Pioneers the 2-0 lead.

Even though Sandy got out to the early lead, the struggle to string hits together remained for most of the game.

"We need to work on some of our timely hitting and do a better job making adjustments during the game," Sandy head coach Kayla Anderson said. "We had a couple rough innings and when it came down to it and things just didn't go are way."

The Falcons first big inning came in the top of the second as they took advantage of a pair of Sandy errors to tie the game at 2-2. Akira DuPuis came through with an RBI-single to give the Falcons their first lead and Megan Lyver would later follow with a two-run double to extend La Salle's lead to 5-2.

Sandy, however, would respond by cutting the lead to one in the bottom of the third. Alejandra Oretega scored on another wild pitch and Brisbine would score her second run of the game on an RBI-single by Brooklyn Adams.

But in the top of the fifth, La Salle would put the game out of reach. The Falcons struck for five runs on four hits in the frame to take a 10-4 advantage. The inning was highlighted by a three-run triple by Hannah Sisul.


Look for extended coverage in the April 18 print edition.


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