Sandy gets big win over Wilsonville
SANDY — Dating back to 2015, Wilsonville had won seven straight games against Sandy and were trying to make it eight as the two teams met once again on Friday night in a pivotal NWOC matchup.
But Sandy made sure that the streak stopped at seven.
Colby Carson threw six scoreless innings on the mound and Colby Bonner hit a two-run homer as second-ranked Sandy topped fifth-ranked Wilsonville 6-1.
"We definitely answered the bell," Sandy head coach Rick Martin said. "We have committed ourselves to cleaning up our at-bats and the guys have applied themselves really well."
Wilsonville got a run in the top of the first inning as Halden Bjornson hit a two-out double to the wall in right center, allowing Trevor Antonson to score from first.
But for the rest of the game, the Wildcats couldn't do any more damage against the sophomore righty.
"I was able to hit my outside spots well with my fastball," Carson said. "I got a little tired in the later innings, but the guys behind me were making plays for me so I just let (Wilsonville) hit the ball and let my defense do the work."
Bjornson, who started on the mound for Wilsonville, kept the Sandy bats silent for the first two innings. But when Cam Conger came through with a two-out opposite field single in the bottom of the third, the tide started to turn for the Pioneers.
Conger's ability to extend the inning brought Bonner to the plate, and Bonner crushed the first pitch of the at-bat over the left field fence to give Sandy the lead at 2-1.
"I have been struggling lately so I was really looking to square a ball up and hit a shot to the gap," Bonner said. "I feel like I needed that to get myself back in a rhythm."
The Pioneers would strike once again in the bottom of the fourth — this time it would be thanks to the production from the bottom of the Sandy order.
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