Waymire drives in Putnams runs in a 2-1 win at Sandy

Rex Putnam’s softball team gained a few more believers last week, as the Kingsmen knocked off 2013 state champion Sandy 2-1 in an April 15 game at Sandy. They followed that up with a 13-1 rout of Wilsonville in a five-inning game with the Wildcats on Friday.

Junior infielder Maggie Waymire earned heroine honors in the Sandy game, as she rapped a two-run single in the first inning to push Putnam’s only runs across.

Taylor Balfour doubled with one down in the first. Ashley Culp singled and stole second, and Waymire followed with her game-winner.

The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth, when the Pioneers brought one run across, on a walk and two base hits.

“It was a very intense nail-biter,” said Putnam coach Tiffany Strnad. “The girls played really well.”

Brooke Snyder pitched a complete game for Putnam, striking out seven and walking four, while yielding only four hits. Her teammates supported her with near error-free defensive play, committing just one error.

The Kingsmen reached Sandy all-league pitcher Sammie Byron (4 strikeouts, 3 walks) for eight hits. Top sluggers were Balfour (2-for-3), Waymire (2-for-3) and Ashley Culp (2-for-4).

Even with the loss, Sandy (10-4, 1-1) finished last week ranked fifth in the state in the OSAA power rankings. Putnam (9-4, 2-0) was ranked seventh.

“The girls are playing good defense, with only a few exceptions,” said Strnad. “They’re taking care of the ball, and they’re getting timely hitting, and producing runs. I’m excited to see what the rest of the season will bring.”

Last Friday’s game with Wilsonville was over almost before it began. The Kingsmen batted around and had eight hits in a nine-run first inning en route to the 13-1 rout.

The Kingsmen pounded out 14 hits in the mismatch, led by Culp (3-for-4, 4 RBI), Balfour (3-for-4) and Hayley Dolfay (2-for-2, 3 RBI). Culp crushed a two-run home run in the third frame and Dolfay had a bases clearing double in the first.

Freshman Sarah Abramson pitched, striking out three, walking one and yielding four hits. Skyler Matthews had a solo home run in the top of the second for Wilsonville’s only run.

Putnam plays second-ranked Liberty (11-3, 0-2) on the road this afternoon, and the Kingsmen entertain Parkrose (8-4, 1-1) on Friday. Liberty last week dropped close games to Parkrose (4-3) and to St. Helens (1-0).

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