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Pioneers lose early lead against Westview

OIBA BASEBALL - 6A state champions sweep Sandy in summer playoffs
by: David Ball Sandy’s Bryce Tilton rounds third base during the fifth inning in Saturday’s 10-7 loss against Westview.

BEAVERTON - Sandy was on a roll and seemed destined to force a decisive third game in its OIBA playoff series with Westview on Saturday, but the bats went silent down the stretch allowing the host Wildcats to rally for a 10-7 win.

Needing a victory to stay alive in the best-of-three series, the Pioneers got off to the lead on a first-inning RBI-single from Mark Rees. The team held a 3-2 lead in the third inning when Westview decided to switch pitchers.

The change didn't seem to have any affect on the Sandy bats, as Bryce Tilton sent a two-run double to center field, and Blake Robison followed with a two-run double that landed in the right-field corner. In two at-bats, Sandy's lead had mushroomed from a single run to a commanding 7-2 advantage.

Westview escaped further harm when relief pitcher Mike Ehlen struck out the next two batters. He wouldn't allow another Sandy hit until the seventh inning.

That effort allowed the Wildcats to crawl back into the game, stringing together four straight singles to push across a pair of runs in the bottom of the third.

Westview took its first lead of the day with a four-run spurt in the fifth inning, getting back-to-back run-scoring doubles by Carson Kelly and Henderson, while Yota Ishii provided some insurance with an RBI-triple to the right-field fence.

Westview won Friday's opening game 9-1.

Look for extended coverage in the July 27, edition of The Sandy Post.