Pioneers falls behind early, lose 9-3 to Mountainside
Sandy baseball couldn't come back from a six run deficit in its 9-3 postseason loss to Mountainside High School on Monday, May 23.
Mountainside captured the lead in the first with monstrous nine run inning. The Mavericks broke the game open with a single from senior Andy Miller. Mountainside's Tyler Christiansen, Bowen Stinson, Ian Salbeda, Alex Ingalls, Spencer Barnard and Tyler Christiansen each got a hit in the nine run first inning.
The Pioneers would make something of a comeback in the fifth inning, brining in three runners to cut the Mavericks lead to six runs. The scoring started for the Pioneers when Drew Gehrig scored on an error by Mountainside catcher Bowen Stinson. A single from Donavin Crouch and a double from Aaron Menchaca would give the Pioneers two more runs.
Unfortunately, the efforts of Gehrig, Menchaca and Crouch was too little too late as Mountainside was able to hold on to its lead beating Sandy 9-3.
Starting on mound and securing the victory for the Mavericks was Brian Mannion. The senior right hander lasted two innings giving up zero hits, zero runs, one walk and striking out five.
Mavericks' Alex Montgomery and Lucas Plenert came out of the bullpen to help close out the game in relief. Plenert recorded the last seven outs to earn the save for the Mavericks.
Sandy had senior Carson Kruckman on the mound to start the game. Kruckman only went one-third of an inning, in which he allowed eight runs on six hits. Matthew Kosderka would step in for Kruckman in the first. Kosderka went five and two-thirds innings where he allowed only one run, four hits and struck out three runners.
It was a multi-hit day for Maverick seniors Miller and Christiansen. Miller led Mountainside with four hits in four at bats.
Sandy's senior Danner Hamburg led the team on offense getting three hits in four at-bats. Although the offense couldn't click, the Pioneers defense was sure-handed, not committing a single error. Menchaca also came up big on defense making the most plays with seven.
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