Sandy travels to Wilsonville for a key NWOC showdown Friday

The Sandy baseball team rode a fourth-inning offensive outburst and superb pitching to a 9-0 win over visiting Parkrose on Wednesday.

The Pioneers manufactured three runs in the first three innings, but they could have had more. In the first inning, two strikeouts looking with the bases loaded ended a would-be monster inning. Sandy likewise got runners on in the second and third innings without having much to show for it. The Pioneers made amends in the fourth inning.

Pitcher Blake Robison popped the first clutch hit with an RBI-triple smacked to the alley in right-center field. Scooter Turin singled home Robison to give the Pioneers a five-run edge. The back-to-back RBI-hits rattled Parkrose pitcher Chance Surratt, because he either hit or walked the next three batters to force in another run.

With the bases loaded and Surratt out of sorts, Sandy’s Sam Kalar came up and cleared the bases with a three-run double down the right field line. The blow from Kalar made it a 9-0 ball game, which would be the final.

“When you’re in a position to do something with guys on base, it’s something you can’t force,” Sandy coach Garet Luebbert said. “We had guys start being more aggressive early in the count. They started putting the ball in play and started hitting the ball hard. When you do that, good things happen.”

On the other side, Robison and the Sandy defense were refined and mistake-free as they held the Broncos scoreless. Robison struck out six batters in five shutout innings and he allowed just one hit.

“Our pitchers are getting more confident in their ability to get guys out. They are being aggressive and they are challenging hitters, and they are getting good defense behind them,” Luebbert said. “Our pitchers have been having successful outings without needing to strike a lot of guys out.”

The Pioneers squeezed out a 6-4 win at Parkrose on Friday to move to 13-2 in league, tying Sherwood for first place after the Bowmen suffered an 8-5 loss to Wilsonville.

The Pioneers are riding a nine-game win streak into this week, which sees them take on third-place Wilsonville (10-5) in a two-game series.

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