Sandy gets dominating win over La Salle
Northwest Oregon Conference
In their first matchup the day prior, Sandy needed extra innings to finally defeat La Salle. However, the second meeting between the two teams would go a lot differently.
Colby Bonner went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and Kyle Hudson threw six innings of shutout baseball as Sandy inched one step closer to a conference title with a convincing 11-0 run-rule victory over La Salle on Wednesday afternoon.
"Today, we did everything pretty dang well and I think everyone was ready to play," Sandy head coach Rick Martin said. "That was a team victory right there. We were really focused."
Bonner got the Sandy offense off to a good start in the bottom of the first with a RBI-single to left field to give the Pioneers the early 1-0 lead.
"I just felt like I was in a groove," Bonner said. "The ball looked like a watermelon coming in and I was just squaring it up well."
Though they didn't score in the second frame, Sandy broke the game open in the bottom of the third, thanks to a pair of crucial mistakes by the Falcons.
A leadoff double from Bonner and a free pass issued to Colby Carson got the Pioneers in business with nobody out. Talati Polamalu moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt and Tyler King reached first with a walk to load the bases up with one out.
La Salle had a chance to get out of the inning when Ethan Wright hit a hard ground ball to shortstop Zach Linder on what could have been a "tailor-made" double play, but Linder muffed the opportunity as the ball scooted into the outfield. Two runs scored on the error as Sandy increased their advantage to 3-0.
The Falcons had another double play chance later on in the frame. Nolan Turin his a hard ground ball to the right side where the La Salle second baseman tagged out Wright runnning to second and then made a high throw to Justin Owens over at first base.
The throw appeared to pull Owens off the base, but the base umpire initially ruled that Turin was out on the play. However, after Martin ran out the to challenge the call, both umpires got together and decided that Turin was indeed safe on the play, meaning the inning was to continue — even though the La Salle defense had run off the field at this point.
"I think (La Salle) got down on themselves a little bit after that," Martin said. "The correct call was made and I told the guys that when we get extra out, we need to take full advantage.
That Pioneers took their coach's instructions to heart.
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