Sandy's Tommy D'Aboy pitched a complete game, two hitter as the Pioneer erupted for nine runs in the fifth to defeat Barlow 9-1 Saturday April 26 at Sandy High School.
'You want to talk to them, they won the game,' said Barlow head coach Craig Webster. '(D'Aboy) was a stud tonight and he pitched a great game for them and we just couldn't do anything right on the field.'
Barlow struggled defensively, making two errors and many miscues on the field.
'We just didn't execute fundamental baseball today,' Webster said. 'We've been playing well but we just made enough mistakes to open the door for them.'
Barlow opened the scoring in the third after Sam Hinshaw struck out but reached first on a passed ball and was sacrificed to second. With two outs, Zack Lumsden hit a single to center, scoring Hinshaw to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
Starting pitcher Jake Kopra struggled with control all game allowing at least one Sandy batter to reach base in each of the first four innings before the Pioneers opened the game up in the fifth.
'We've faced Kopra before so we kind of knew what to expect,' D'Aboy said. 'He wasn't his normal self so it made it a little better for us.'
In the fifth, Sandy sent 12 men to the plate as the first eight reached base. Toby Maunu led off with a single to right followed by a bunt by Kyle Cargill but Barlow's Jason Crandall picked up the ball and fired toward second but the ball sailed into centerfield, putting runners at first and third. Kjell Raanes followed with a single, scoring Maunu.
D'Aboy then hit a sharp grounder to short that Lee Sheller fielded and fired wide to first allowing another run to score.
Sandy's Matt Spanier then grounded to short, but Sheller fired home and the ball bounced in front of the catcher allowing two runners to score.
'Toby got us started and gave us a boost in the inning and that was a big boost for our offense,' D'Aboy said. 'He was a real spark for us today.'
Barlow's Kopra pitched four innings, striking out two and walking one, while allowing seven runs on seven hits for the loss. The loss drops Barlow to 6-5 in the Mount Hood Conference and 10-8 overall.
'We didn't change our approach all game and they guys took advantage of them (Barlow) struggling,' Sandy head coach Garet Luebbert said. 'We swung at good pitches and played strong all game.'
Raanes, Spanier and Maunu each had two hits and Spanier and Maunu each drove in two runs to lead the Pioneers.
D'Aboy struck out seven and allowed an unearned run to get the victory.
'I'm not there to strike out everyone, I want them to hit ground balls,' D'Aboy said. 'They can pound the ball into the ground all day, I don't care because I have faith in my defense behind me.'
The win moves Sandy to 3-8 in the Mount Hood Conference and 6-9 overall. The Pioneers have struggled to be consistent this season and they know that wins are needed to challenge for a playoff spot.
D'Aboy retired nine of the final ten batters, striking out the side to close the game in the seventh. The victory improved D'Aboy to 2-2 and lowered his earned run average to 1.68 on the season.
'Tommy pitched well and got stronger as the game went on,' Luebbert said. 'If we can get more pitching like that, we will improve and be successful.'