Sandy 10U squad falls in quarterfinals
10U state quarterfinals
WEST LINN — Sandy's 10U Cal Ripken all-stars dropped out of the Northern Oregon state tournament after a hard-fought 4-3 loss to Lower Columbia in Saturday's quarterfinals.
The Dirtbags found themselves down 4-0 midway through the game before climbing back into contention down the stretch. Lucas Jansen smacked a two-out single through the right side to plate Colton Lucas with the team's first run of the day. Teammate Gage Schilperoort followed by beating out a ground ball to third base to cut the margin in half.
A boost of energy helped on the defensive side where Sandy retired Lower Columbia in order in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by Cash McIntyre's catch in center field.
Sandy's Ryan Pinheiro led off the fifth inning with a hopper through the middle, but Lower Columbia would keep the tying run pinned at first base when Chase Cunningham dropped to his knees to stop a bouncing ball for the third out.
The Dirtbags defense came up big again in the fifth inning when Kash Sparks went to his knees in right field to glove a catch just off the grass for the second out.
Lower Columbia would advance a pair of runners into scoring position, but Sandy escaped unharmed when pitcher Boden Wolf came off the mound and snagged a shoulder-high catch to end the inning.
Down to its final at-bats, Sandy created some excitement when Jansen banged an RBI-double to center field that scored McIntyre and prompted a pitching change. Jansen, representing the tying run at second base, clapped his hands above his head to celebrate.
Lower Columbia retired the next two batters to take the win.
Sandy split its pool-play games Friday, winning 13-3 against West Linn and falling 14-1 to eventual-champion South Salem.
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This story is slated for our July 17, print edition.
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