Pioneers threaten Reynolds before falling 7-5 in pool play
FAIRVIEW - Sandy pitcher Trystan Stencil provided some fireworks, but it wasn't enough to lift the Pioneers past Estacada in its first game of the A American Legion district tournament.
The Rangers picked up a lopsided 14-2 win, ending play on the mercy rule with a six-run burst in the fifth inning. Clay Edwards highlighted the charge with a three-run triple that bounced to the left-field fence, while teammate Tyler Campbell added an RBI-double.
'We're stroking the ball pretty well right now, and we have the team speed to move around the bases,' Rangers' manager Jim Fullerton said.
Sandy pitcher Trysten Stencil accounted for all of his team's scoring with a pair of solo homers in his first two at-bats. He belted second dinger over the right-field fence on the first pitch of the third inning to cut the gap to 5-2, but the Pioneers couldn't get any closer.
'That's very rare to hit two home runs like that,' Sandy manager Phil Bobnick said. 'That gave us some hope.'
Sandy tried to extend the game in the fifth inning when Kyle Cargill and Taylor Graham knocked singles through the infield. But the Pioneers were unable to get the lead below double digits, and the game ended early on a groundout.
'We want to get through the next game, and I expect us to bounce back well,' Bobnick said.
Saturday, July 15
The Pioneers did have a stronger showing against Reynolds, but a late rally fell short during a 7-5 loss.
The Raiders built a 7-1 lead before Sandy cut into the gap with a two-out rally in the fifth inning.
Matt Spanier highlighted the scoring spree by sending a two-run double into center field. Sandy pulled to within 7-4, and had the bases loaded before a ground ball ended the comeback.
The Pioneers mounted another threat in the seventh inning when Kevin Maples led off with a double that bounced into the right-field fence. Teammate Forest Reis brought him across with a single through the infield, but Reynolds reliever Vinny Konkler ended the game with a strikeout.
Reis finished 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored.
Sunday, July 16
The Pioneers finished the tournament with an 0-4 record, falling 12-2 to Franklin and 16-6 against David Douglas.