by: Patty Paul, Rebekah Degner singles in the fifth inning of Sandy's 10-1 victory over St. Mary's on Friday April 4 at Sandy High School. Sandy improved to 2-1 in the Mount Hood Conference.

After opening the Mount Hood Conference with a loss to Centennial, Sandy softball rebounded to defeat St. Mary's 10-1 on April 2 at Sandy High School.

The game was called after the fifth inning because of the ten run rule.

'Its encouraging especially after losing to Centennial,' Sandy head coach Laurie Smallwood said. 'We were pounding the ball in the right places today getting the ball in the holes. It even better because St. Mary's has played 11 games and this is our fourth, so it is very encouraging to see the girls swing the bats this well today.'

Sandy opened the scoring in the second inning when a pitch hit Courtney Brown and Stephanie Mallory walked. After both runners advanced on a passed ball, Jaime Paul lined a single down the right field line scoring Brown. After Mallory was picked off third, Amanda Bolender struck out ending the rally.

'We got the timely hits, but we took ourselves out of some big innings early' Smallwood said. 'We just have to watch ourselves on the base paths and try not to take ourselves out of rally's.'

The Pioneers opened the game up in the third when Lindsey Freeman singled and moved to second on a throwing error. Freeman then moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.

Kyza White then walked and was moved to second on a field's choice by Holly Fenwick. With two outs, Brown then hit a lined drive double to center field, scoring White. Mallory then followed with a single to center, scoring Brown.

'We got some great hits in the right places today and the girls were really hitting the cover off the ball,' Smallwood said. 'This game is very encouraging to our offense.'

Holly Fenwick pitched a complete game allowing one run on two hits and striking out seven for the win.

'Holly is still trying to find her way so today was a strong outing for her,' Smallwood said. 'She pitched well and was focused on throwing her game. She pitched out of some jams and never really got out of control.'

In the fourth, Paul led off with a double down the right field line and moved to third on a single by Rebekah Degner. After Degner stole second with two outs, White hit a single right scoring both Paul and Degner.

In the fifth, Brown and Mallory singled and with one out, Brown scored on a wild pitch and Mallory scored on a single by Paul. After a force out, Degner singled and reached second when St. Mary's tried to get Paul at third.

With runners at second and third, Freeman singled to right field scoring two ending the game with Sandy ahead 10-1.

'We are trying to get the confidence in these kids that they can win games,' Smallwood said. 'If they hit like this, our pitching should hold up and we can have a great season.'

Heading into Mount Hood Conference play, Sandy continues to be hampered by the bad weather. The Pioneers have played three league games, compared to David Douglas who has played 10 games.

'We have been at a little bit of a disadvantage having so many games postponed, but it is out of our hands,' Smallwood said. 'The girls are still practicing hard, even though is has been indoors, and are focused on getting back on the field and playing ball.'Weather continues to haunt Sandy sports as the softball team had two more games postponed due to inclement weather.

Sandy is scheduled to play Barlow today, Friday at Gresham and Monday versus Reynolds at Sandy High school, weather permitting.

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