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Sandy softball ends long week with 5-4 loss to David Douglas

by: Darrell Jackson, Courtney Brown fires a strike during the Pioneers 2-1 loss to David Douglas

Trailing by one in the bottom of the seventh, the Sandy softball team put runners on first and second with one out but failed to get the tying run home as David Douglas defeated the Pioneers 2-1, Friday April 18 at Sandy High School.

With one out, Sandy's Amanda McCoy singled to right and was followed by pinch-hitter Heather Skinner who also singled. Rebekah Degner then grounded out to first, advancing the runners to second and third with two outs.

Lindsey Freeman then drilled a shot to short that looked like it was going to pass through, but David Douglas' Stephanie Champ moved to her left, grabbed the ball and threw to first to end the game.

'That last hit by Lindsey, I thought might get throw the infield,' Sandy coach Laurie Smallwood said. 'I was watching the catcher and thought about squeezing the run home, but time ran out and we didn't get the chance.'

Smallwood says her team battled and had a chance just couldn't get the final run past in the seventh.

'They did everything they had to, they hit the ball well and got runners on base, we just couldn't get that last one across the plate.'

David Douglas jumped on the Pioneers early when the Scots Katie Thompson and Stephanie Champ reached on two perfect bunts. After a third bunt, this one for a force out at first, the runners were moved to second and third.

'It was basically what has happened all season, we have a great warm-up but when the game starts, are head's just aren't in the game,' Small wood said. 'Take away their first inning and we win this game.'

Sandy had a chance to tie the game in the fifth when with one out and Jamie Paul on first, Amanda McCoy reached on an error by the David Douglas third baseman. With two outs, and runners on first and second, Rebekah Degner hit a double to right-center field scoring Paul.

As the Scots center fielder picked up the ball, Smallwood waved McCoy home. The throw to the catcher was high, but she pulled the ball down and blocked the plate to tag McCoy out to end the rally.

'I told her that if she had gone around the catcher, she would have scored since the throw was high,' Smallwood said. 'If I had it to do over again, I would still send her home because it was the fifth inning and the game was close so I had to take that chance and I would do it again.'

Sandy's Courtney Brown pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six and walking none. David Douglas' Amy Greenough match Brown pitch for pitch, allowing one run on six hits and also struck out six for the win.

'Court pitched a good game, but we just couldn't get the run across,' Smallwood said. 'We made too many mistakes early and then when we did finally start to hit the ball, it was too late.'

APRIL 15 vs. Barlow

In a game moved to Hood River due to weather delays and postponments, Barlow defeated Sandy 5-4. Courtney Brown pitched a complete game and lost even though she struck out seven and also hit a 3-run home run in the fourth inning.

April 16 vs. Hood River

Traveling to Hood River for the second consecutive day, Sandy scored a 4-3 victory over the Eagles.

Holly Fenwick pitched a complete game, striking out fice and Courtney Brown added a double and Amanda McCoy had two singles, scoring one run. Lindsey Freeman had two rbi's in the win.

April 17 vs. Central Catholic

Playing their third game in three days, the Pioneers struggled at the plate and fell to Central Catholic 1-0 at Deelta Park.

Central Catholic scored the only run of the game on two Pioneer errors in the first inning. Sandy struggled offensively and never got their offense started in the loss. Courtney Brown had a double to lead the Pioneers sluggish offense.