Sandy boys' baseball got its first league win of the season in a monster performance against Reynolds on Tuesday, April 19, at Sandy High School with a score of 12-2.
The Pioneers sent the Raiders home with their first league loss after a huge seven-run fourth inning by Sandy.
"We really turned it around finally and got over the hurdle to get that first win," said Sandy head coach Jordyn Van Atta. "We finally played a complete game today, and it was just a well put together team win."
Sandy had a small lead of 2-3 rolling into the top of the fourth inning. Facing Reynold's ace Alex Hendrickson on the mound, a series of lackluster performances at bat in previous games and already falling to the Raider's earlier in the month, the momentum wasn't on the side of the Sandy boys.
Despite those obstacles, Sandy did have the lead and started putting in solid at-bats against the Reynold's starting pitcher. After a walk by Donavin Crouch led to the first score of the fourth inning with no outs, the Pioneers dugout knew they were in business. After scoring off walks, hits, errors and wild pitches, the Pioneers would come out of the inning with seven runs. Crouch, Aaron Menchaca and Johnathin Silvis each had RBIs in the frame.
Reynolds had Hendrickson start the game on the mound. Hendrickson wasn't his usual self, often missing his target with command. He would hand over pitching responsibilities to Jordan Ankele after three and two-thirds innings pitched and allowing eight hits, 10 runs, six errors and six walks.
Sandy's starting pitcher Jared Mayo secured the team's first league win putting in five innings of work. The junior allowed only two runs, two hits and struck out four batters.
"I loved the way that adversity didn't faze him," Van Atta said about Mayo after the game. "He walked a couple guys, gave up a two spot, a couple of wild pitches but he bounced right back and filled up the zone."
Sophomore first baseman Menchaca led the Pioneers with three hits. Menchaca and left fielder Carson Harrison led the team in RBIs with two apiece.
The Raiders were only able to squeeze out three hits of Mayo. Reynolds' Ethan Anderson, Jacob Hendrickson and Ankele each got one hit in.
Sandy will head to Central Catholic High School to face the Rams at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28. The Raiders hope to bounce back from their first loss when they play Nelson at home at 5 p.m. Friday, April 29.
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