Sandy splits two in tourney opener
Sandy's softball team split games to open its spring break tournament Monday, starting off with an 11-8 comeback win over former league foe Parkrose.
The Pioneers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning after Katie Bruner sent the first pitch skipping into the left-field wall for a double. Teammate Brooklyn Adams followed with a double down the left-field line.
Parkrose tried to climb back into the game in the fourth inning when
Sandy doubled its margin to 6-0 in the fourth inning when Blair Deletts knocked a single to center field, but Sandy's Bruner was quick to the ball and fired an on-target throw that froze the Broncos' lead runner at third base.
The next batter hit a pop-up above the pitcher's circle. Sandy's Jordyn Allinger twisted her body to make the catch at her waist while a pair of teammates rushed in on each side. The catch ended the inning and kept Parkrose off the scoreboard.
Sandy doubled its lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth with Bruner hitting a line-drive to center field for an RBI-single. The bases would be loaded in two pitches. Adams skipped a single through the left side, and Gentry Turin knocked a blooper over third base.
Leslie Mann would take a pitch off her ankle for an RBI off a hit-by-pitch for the second time in the game. Adams would come in on a passed ball moments later to cap the rally.
It seemed the question at hand was whether Sandy would reach the mercy rule limit.
But Parkrose had other ideas.
The Broncos put up four runs in each of the next two innings, taking its first lead at 8-6 in the sixth when Kaitlyn Fritz singled to right field.
Suddenly in comeback mode, Sandy answered the bell in the bottom of the sixth with Adams smacking a lead-off double off the wall in left field.
"A game can change in one inning, but that hit helped lift us back up," Adams said.
Main put a ball into play to the left side, and a high throw allowed Adams to scramble home.
Another error would help Main move around to third base when Nicole Trepp hit a hard roller to the left side. Main took a jump off third, checked the ball which was about 10 feet away and broke for home with the tying run.
"It was just instinct, trusting my gut to know where the ball was," Main said.
A series of errors, along with a single by pinch-hitter Peyton Bradley, allowed three more runs to come through for the win.
Parkrose put its first two on base in the seventh, but couldn't get the tying run out of the batter's box. A line drive to Adams at third base accounted for the final out.
The top three in the Pioneers' lineup accounted for most of the damage with Bruner, Adams and Turin combining to hit 8-for-13 (.615) and scoring six runs.
"I go up there knowing my team is behind me, and I want to give them something to get everyone going," Bruner said.
Allinger struck out six batters through the first five innings.
Sandy returned to the field later in the afternoon and dropped a 13-2 decision to McKay.
"It's not as much about winning games right now, as it is learning how to play together and getting that time in as a team," Bruner said.
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This story is slated for our March 27, print edition.