Extra-inning surge lands Sandy a playoff win
OIBA Futures quarterfinals
|Wilson (8 innings)|
PORTLAND — Sandy's Futures team came back twice to knock off Wilson's Alpenrose team 9-8 in the OIBA Futures summer baseball quarterfinals Friday afternoon at Centennial High School.
The teams went into extra innings deadlocked 5-5 when Wilson strung together a series of singles to vault in front 8-5. Sandy saved itself a key run when reliever Brogan Schemmel fired a strike through the top of the zone to retire the last batter, stranding an Alpenrose runner at third base.
The Giants would answer the challenge and win the game without registering an out in the bottom of the eighth.
Trevor Deel reached safely on an error to start the rally, while Kaleb Moore singled and Jack Logan drew a walk to load the bases. The set the stage for Casey Allsop's bases-clearing double to right field to tie the game.
"Down three it was really hard to stay motivated, but we got that first base runner on followed by a few hits and that got us going again," Allsop said. "I was able to get a good barrel on the ball, and I got to second base and was able to watch our tying run come in."
Schemmel was issued a free pass in the next at-bat, followed by Victor Menchaca with a single to load the bases. Will Anderson stepped into the box and delivered a ground ball through the middle to win the game.
"I was just hoping to get it out of the infield to bring the runner in," Anderson said. "The first pitch was a curve ball, and I didn't want to risk popping up. The second one was a fast ball down the middle, and I felt I could barrel that one up somehow."
Wilson put up four runs in the first inning only to see Sandy surge back to tie the game on Menchaca's two-run single through the left side in the third inning. Sandy took a brief 5-4 lead in the fifth on Menchaca's RBI-double to left field. He finished the day 3-for-5 at the plate.
Sandy turned back several Alpenrose scoring chances, highlighted in the third inning when Anderson fired a throw out of right field that caught a runner heading for home on a sacrifice fly.
"It takes a lot of focus to make sure you are making an accurate throw," Anderson said.
In the sixth inning, Sandy catcher Menchaca threw out the go-ahead run attempting to steal third base.
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Brogan Schemmel connected on a sacrifice fly that scored Kaleb Moore to tie the game 1-1 in the third inning. McMinnville would score the winning run on a wild pitch in the fourth.
Aaron Menchaca led the bats by going 2-for-3, while Sandy's starting pitcher Casey Allsop struck out six batters through the first four innings.
This story is slated for our July 31, print edition.
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