by: SANDY POST: PARKER LEE - Sandys Meghan Luebbert and Reynolds Jayden Blaylock look to the umpire to make a call on a close play at third base.

Apparently, the term “home field advantage” is more than just a catchy sports cliché when it comes to the Sandy softball team. It is an absolute reality. The Pioneers’ bats came alive as it hammered Reynolds, 16-0, in five innings in Monday’s home opener.

“That was probably the most impressive hitting game I’ve seen from this team in my year and two weeks here,” Sandy coach Kellie Wilkerson said. “Everybody in the lineup hit the ball. I was really happy with what they showed today.”

The hitting clinic opened for business in the bottom of the first inning. After Meghan Leubbert and Molly Nutt both reached on errors to open the inning, Chelsea Spanier laced a sharp groundball up the middle to bring in both runners. That put the Pioneers up 2-0, which is where the score stayed for two innings.

Spanier stepped up to the plate again in the third inning and belted an RBI-double into the alley in left-center. That sparked a four-run inning, but Sandy was just getting warmed up.

The Pioneers erupted for eight runs on 10 hits in the fourth inning. It was business as usual for Spanier who tattooed a ball on the outside corner to the fence in right-center for another double and two more RBIs.

She was far from alone.

Seven different players registered hits in the inning and three of them had two. Nutt had a double, a single and two RBIs. Leubbert pounded a shot into right field that one-hopped the fence which went for a triple and two RBIs.

“I think we stopped trying so hard and we just played the game,” Wilkerson said. “They just enjoyed the moment and had a good time.”

Spanier enjoyed the moment as much as anyone. She finished with a career day as she went 4-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs. Spanier said this was the kind of game that could set the trajectory for where the team goes from here on out.

“We went into the first couple games with nervous jitters,” Spanier said. “We just relaxed, and that is when we play our best. This really boosted our confidence and I think it will reflect in the rest of the season.”

For Reynolds, Kelsey Oldham led the way by recording two of the team’s four hits.

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