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SOFTBALL: Leslie Main gobbles up a ground ball at shortstop to turn back Corvallis

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandy catcher Alejandra Ortega fires the ball back to the pitchers circle during the Pioneers 12-11 win over Corvallis on Thursday.

Nonleague game

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Sandy Pioneers
Corvallis Spartans

Sandy's softball team survived a wild finish to defeat Corvallis 12-11 last Thursday in its final tuneup before starting the league schedule.

The Pioneers appeared to be in charge up 9-4 after Alejandra Ortega sent a two-run double to left field.

But Corvallis responded with five runs in its next at-bats, tying the score when Calia Krummel drew a bases-loaded walk.

Sandy's Maya Lemus re-entered the pitcher's circle, threw a pair of strikes, then induced a ground ball for the third out.

The Pioneers grabbed the lead back in the bottom of the sixth when Katie Bruner drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs. Ortega came up with her second big hit in as many innings, swatting a two-run single deep down the left-field line to bring across what would prove to be the winning runs.

"The pitch came right down the middle, I took my first step toward first base and knew it was a good one," Ortega said.

The rest was up to Sandy's defense, which converted a pair of quick outs in the seventh before the smooth ride started to wobble.

Maddison Morrison and Katie Sinclair rocked back-to-back doubles to the outfield, and an interference called moved Katie Sinclair to third base with the tying run.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandys Sam Brewster gets in position to receive a catch at first base.

Just as quickly as the threat appeared, Sandy turned it away when shortstop Leslie Main scooped up a ground ball to end the game.

"I saw it off the bat and took my first step to get to where the ball was going to be," Main said. "I've been trying to keep my head down in practice, and I used that today to make sure I got the ball and secured the 'W'."

The teams traded the lead twice in the early innings, but Sandy eventually stretched the gap by putting up multiple runs in five of its six innings. Ortega led the hit parade going 4-for-4 with four RBIs, three runs scored and six total bases.

The win leaves Sandy at 6-4 through the preseason, heading into today's 4:30 p.m. home game against David Douglas to start the Mount Hood Conference schedule.

"This win felt good and it gives us something exciting to take into league," Main said.

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This story is slated for our April 10, print edition.

— - MHC baseball & softball

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