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Pioneers use fastball to blaze past Weston

Sandy pitchers strike out 10 batters in 8-1 win over Dealers last Friday

All the Sandy pitchers needed was a fastball.

Led by Carson Dwyre who started on the bump, Pioneer pitchers recorded 10 strikeouts, with nine strike three's coming on the fastball. With more than enough run support, Sandy cruised to a 8-1 win over the Weston (Estacada) Dealers last Friday at Estacada High School.

'I'm not sure we've seen a kid who threw that fast all year in our league,' Weston coach Ryan Carpenter said. 'We have some decent pitchers, but not someone who has a firm fastball like that.'

Dwyre struck out five batters through his three innings of work. The fastball trend was set in the first inning, when Dwyre fanned Weston's three-hitter Casey Jones with three fastballs.

Dwyre, who will be a junior next year, then sat down two more batters in each of the next two frames.

Dwyre said that when he reached a two-strike count, his plan was to 'just blow it by them. See what I could do. If that goes bad, just throw the curveball and get them off-balance.'

But Dwyre said that he only threw the curveball twice, and one of those he hung to Chris Smith, who laced it for a double down the left field line in the second inning.

So since the Dealers weren't able to touch the fastball, there was no reason to throw the off-speed.

'That's my approach every time I pitch,' Dwyre said. 'Get the fastball going and mix in the curveball every once in a while.'

Dwyre also helped his own cause at the plate when the bottom of the order come through for a three-run second inning.

Sam Kalar delivered a single and scored from first on an RBI double by Kevin Frank.

With two outs, Dwyre connected for a double, which drove in Frank to give the Pioneers a 2-0 lead.

'I was just thinking that I got to get the ball in play,' said Dwyre, who later scored from third on a balk. 'With two outs, bottom of the order, turn it over, and I just threw the bat at the ball and it went somewhere.'

Sandy's batting order consists of older players near the top, while younger players, who will move from JV to varsity next year, are at the bottom. The six through nine hitters combined for seven hits, providing young players with confidence as the summer league season begins.

The Pioneers tagged Weston's starting pitcher Ryan Vauthier for four runs over four innings. Sandy, at times, did have trouble with Vauthier's curveball, including the leadoff hitter, who struck out twice on that pitch.

Scooter Turin relieved Dwyre in the fourth inning and pitched three frames. Turin, who also had velocity, struck out five, including three in the sixth inning and twice he fanned Weston's three-hitter.

He only allowed one hit, a single, but induced a double play on the next at-bat.

Frank finished the game when he entered in the seventh inning. He walked and hit the first two batters but settled down, retiring the next three batters while allowing a run to score.

That run provided a moral victory for Weston and Carpenter. The Dealers are a young team, starting four freshmen and only three seniors. So seeing his team compete until the final out, was an indication of Weston's character.

'I always want to see us hustling and competing, regardless of the score,' Carpenter said. 'And I was very happy to see at the end there, we got some guys in scoring position. We bunted them over. We executed. And on that ground ball where (Zach Stamm grounded out), we still scored there, so it was a productive at-bat.'