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Sandy 14s place third at Longview tournament

by: Bill Wilson, Catcher Marcus Blackmon tags out a runner in a play at the plate in Sandy’s 10-1 victory in the opening game of pool play at the Don Rhoads All-star Tournament in Longview.

LONGVIEW (Wash.) - The Sandy 14-year-old baseball team's bats were alive all weekend in the Longview Tournament, pounding out 54 runs in five games. Sandy blew through pool play with a 3-0 record then beat Port Angeles 13-3 in its first game in the championship bracket before losing to Longview in a 14-12 slugfest to place third.

Sandy's bats stayed alive, but the team ran out of pitching in the Longview game, it's fifth in less than two days. The Pioneers had out 15 hits, but could've used a couple more after leaving the bases loaded three times, including the final inning, and stranding 12 baserunners.

Marcus Blackmon gave Sandy a quick lead with a home run in the first. Longview took the lead with six runs in the bottom of the second, including five with two outs after a controversial call on a play at the plate.

Blackmon drove in Randall Cranston with a single to start a three-run third inning. Ethan Teel added a two-run single that scored Blackmon and Kevin Trosko.

Longview extended its lead to 10-5 with two runs in the fourth, but Sandy fought back with three runs in the fifth that included singles by Trevor Exum and Blackmon, his fourth hit of the game.

Sandy rallied with two outs in the sixth to tie the game. Christian Griffith singled, stole second and Exum reach on an error before Cranston knocked them both for a 10-10 tie. But Longview regained the lead with four runs in the bottom of the frame.

Once again, Sandy came back in the seventh. Tommy D'Aboy hit a one-out double and Trosko followed with an RBI-single. Teel singled off the pitcher's glove and Colton Mardock walked to load the bases. Exum drew a two-out walk that scored another run, but Longview got the final out to end the game.

Sandy opened pool play Friday with a 10-1 win over Cowlitz County as Connor Harris and Mardock combined on a 2-hitter. Cowlitz scored an unearned run in the first and Sandy answered with Trosko's RBI-single up the middle to tie the game.

Sandy took the lead for good when Teel lined a full-count single the opposite way down the left field line to score D'Aboy.

The Pioneers put the game away with three runs in the fifth. D'Aboy , who had three hits, drove a stand-up double over the right fielder's head and Cowlitz committed three errors that led to all three runs.

Sandy finished off the victory with a five-run burst in the sixth. Kjell Raanes beat out an infield single and later scored on an error. D'Aboy knocked in Alex Yungeberg and Griffith when he laced a stand-up triple over the right fielder's head. Trosko followed by jacking another triple into the left-center gap. He later scored on a wild pitch.

The Pioneers grabbed a 7-0 lead in their second pool game en route to a 7-4 win over Lacey.

Four consecutive singles by Teel, Mardock, Exum and Yungeberg followed by a Griffith walk and a sacrifice fly by Raanes gave Sandy a 3-0 lead. Trosko jacked a 2-run homer in the third and Exum hit an RBI-double as Sandy scored four more runs. Blackmon, Exum and Raanes combined for a four-hitter in a solid pitching performance.

The Pioneers jumped on Hazel Dell early to earn their pool's No. 1 seed with a 12-7 win. Sandy scored seven runs in the second for an 8-0 lead. Blackmon had an RBI-single and D'Aboy knocked in a pair with a double. Exum also drove in two runs with a single.

D'Aboy tripled to plate Blackmon for a 9-2 lead in the third. D'Aboy added his fourth and fifth RBIs in the fifth with a single that knocked in Raanes and Blackmon before the game was ended by the time limit.

Sandy moved into championship bracket semifinals with a 13-3 win over Port Angeles by the 10-run rule. Ben Lewis and Mardock combined on a 3-hitter.

Sandy answered Port Angeles' run in the first with two of its own in the bottom of the inning. Raanes had a leadoff single and scored on Blackmon's triple - the first of his four hits. Blackmon scored on D'Aboy's sacrifice fly.

Port Angeles regained the lead with two runs in the third, but Sandy came back with five runs in the bottom of the frame. Trosko had a 2-run single and Exum hit a double in the inning. Sandy scored two more in the fourth and four in the fifth to complete the mercy-rule win with the Pioneers scoring four of the six runs on passed balls.