Elliot's 3-run home run leads Pioneers to victory over David Douglas
Battling the cold, win and rain Sandy scored six in the second and three in the fifth to defeat David Douglas 9-4, Thursday April 17 at David Douglas High School.
Tommy D'Aboy pitched a complete game, striking out eight and allowing only four runs on five hits.
'I don't usually start, I usually come in the later innings but we have played so much in the last week that they needed me so I come out and tried to keep us in the game,' D'Aboy said.
Sandy jumped on David Douglas starter Jordan Bayliss for six in the second inning. Matt Spanier walked and took second when Jordan Teel reached on a bunt. Kyle Cargill walked to load the bases, but Spanier scored on a wild pitch by Bayliss for the Pioneers first run. After a fly out to the catcher, Matt Rees singled to left scoring Teel.
'We got some key hits and they waited for their pitches at the plate,' Sandy head coach Garret Luebbert said.
After D'Aboy grounded out to short scoring Cargill, Jordan Elliot hit a three run home run to straight away center field.
'Jordan hit a change-up hard that cleared the fence and was a big boost for our team,' Luebbert said.
David Douglas answered in the bottom of the second, scoring four runs off a ground out and a three-run home run by Bayliss, cutting the lead to two.
But D'Aboy seemed to get stronger on the mound, allowing only two hits and walking only one after the second inning eruption by the Scots.
'I had great defense behind me which helped because late in the game I was just throwing changeups,' D'Aboy said. 'Matt (Spanier) and Kyle (Cargill) made some great plays behind me and that gave me confidence to throw pitches.'
Bayliss, one of the top players in the state, struggled allowing nine runs on eight hits and walking nine in only 4 2/3 innings.
'Bayliss struggled and that gave us the opportunity to open the game up,' Luebbert said. 'The guys hit the ball hard and got the breaks we needed after this long week.'
Sandy, playing in its third game in three days had been struggling at the plate before they erupted for nine runs and nine hits against David Douglas.
The Pioneers added to their lead in the fifth inning when Marcus Blackmon led off with an infield single. After an out, Rees smashed a double to left-center field that allowed Blackmon to score from first. After the second out, Elliot hit a slow roller to the short stop that was thrown wide and Rees scored from second, narrowly beating the throw to the plate.
'Matt turned the corner and when the throw went wide, I sent him and he beat the throw home,' Luebbert said.
Two batter later, Elliot scored on a single by Spanier to give the Pioneers a 9-4 lead. After that, D'Aboy retired nine of the final 12 batters to finish the victory.
'We have played a lot lately, but the kids are battling and this is the type of win they needed,' Luebbert said. 'This shows that we can play with the big boys and we are close to breaking through. We just need to keep improving and playing our game.'