Sandy loses heartbreaker at regionals
Cal Ripken 11U
EUGENE — After getting run-ruled in their first two games of pool play, the Sandy 11U Cal Ripken squad played much better baseball on Friday afternoon. Although it looked as if the Pioneers would pull out the win in the end against Willamette Valley, Sandy would end up falling in devastating fashion.
With the game tied at 4-4 heading to the sixth inning, Sandy rallied to score three runs in the top half to take a commanding 7-4 lead. But Willamette Valley came back to score four runs in the bottom half and walkoff with the 8-7 victory at the Cal Ripken 11U Regional Tournament.
"I'm disappointed. Not disappointed in how the kids played, just disappointed in the outcome. They turned it around and played much better today and made a lot of improvements both mentally and physically to put themselves in a position to win," Sandy coach Garet Luebbert said. "I was really proud of our effort and attitude. I just wish that I could reward them with a win."
The Sandy offense came storming out of the gates with three runs in the first inning. Three straight RBI hits by Donavin Crouch, Carson Reilley and Jackson Luebbert gave the Pioneers the early advantage.
Willamette Valley, however, answered back with a pair of runs in the first, a run in the third and a run in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.
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