Sandy claims third state title in a row
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12U Ripken 70 title game
Sandy's 12U all-stars made quick work of their weekend opponents to add another weekend to their summer season, capturing another Northern Oregon state title with a 12-1 win over Lakeridge on Saturday at Sandy High.
Sandy cruised through the early phases of the tournament outscoring Lakeridge and South Salem, the only other two teams, by a combined score of 31-1 across three games.
Sandy's finale against Lakeridge would end up with another mercy-rule margin, but it was no walk in the park in the early innings.
Lakeridge turned a triple play to end the first inning, limiting the Pioneers to a 1-0 lead through its first turn with the bats. The Pacers would retire the side in order in the second inning, then make a move of their own.
Luke Allen sent a two-out double to the right-field corner, and Jeremy McMullen drew a walk in the next at-bat. Sandy was faced with a scenario it hadn't seen all weekend — an opposing team with the go-ahead run on base.
The Pioneers solved the dilemma quickly when Johnathin Silvis tracked a pop-up into foul territory next to third base to end the threat.
Sandy got its bats going in the third with Jack Jansen hitting a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Silvis from third. Kobe Sparks would keep the rally going with a bunt that carried so much spin that it took a backward hop away from the onrushing third baseman. Sparks was safe easily at first and would find his way around the bases to score for a 4-0 lead.
Lakeridge connected on back-to-back singles to end the shutout bid in the bottom of the third, one of two runs surrendered by Sandy for the tournament. Brayden Sievertsen snagged a grounder on the move at shortstop and fired across the infield for the third out, which left a Lakeridge runner stranded at third.
Sievertsen carried that momentum into the batter's box and delivered a lead-off single in the fourth inning. Cooper Hibbs followed with a hit to right field, and the Pioneers' lead would grow to 6-1.
Sandy put the game away with a six-run spurt in the fifth that saw three consecutive walks to start the inning, setting the stage for Sievertsen's two-run double into the right-field gap. Hibbs followed with a laser down the left-field line to bring across another run.
Sandy pitcher Fisher Winchester went the distance on the mound and struck out eight batters. He tossed a no-hitter in the team's win over South Salem to open the tournament.
Other members of the championship team are Matthew Kosderka, Cole Younger, Max Green, Garrett Head, Ashton Culp and Hunter Dunham, along with coaches Mike Kosderka, Isaac Hibbs, Austin Carson and Ryan Sparks.
Sandy returns to the Pacific Northwest Regionals for a third straight summer. This year's tournament is held Thursday through Saturday in Meridian, Idaho.
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This story is slated for our July 17, print edition.
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