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Gophers rally to beat Sandy in extra innings


by: THE OUTLOOK: PARKER LEE - Gresham pitcher Tomas Malanche delivers a throw during Monday's 7-6 win over Sandy.Taylor Allen's walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled Gresham to a 7-6 win over Sandy on Monday. The Gophers overcame a 6-0 deficit to earn the extra-inning victory.

“We're inexperienced. We have two kids with varsity experience,” Gresham coach Chad Waples said. “We stuck with it. What I like is that we didn't quit.”

With two outs in the ninth inning, Tristan Press took his lead from second base and Allen stepped to the plate. Allen fought off an inside fastball from Sandy pitcher Scooter Turin and cracked a routine ground ball in the direction of shortstop Bryce Tilton. On the last hop before reaching Tilton's glove, the ball hit a pebble, bounced up and sailed over Tilton's head. Press rounded third and scored easily to end the game.

Look for extended game coverage in the Tuesday, March 26, print edition.

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