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Pioneers put on a hitting display in 11-0 win over St. Helens


by: SANDY POST: JOHN BREWINGTON - Daymond Fritsch slides safely home with the teams first run during Tuesdays 2-1 win at St. Helens. Sandy’s 11-0 win over St. Helens on Wednesday looked more like a Pioneer batting practice session than it did a game. The Pioneers scorched the ball throughout the game, and it wasn’t just a few guys doing the damage. Everybody got in on the act.

“It was really encouraging to get production from everyone,” Sandy coach Garet Luebbert said. “Everybody on this team can contribute offensively, and you saw that today.”

Sandy racked up 14 hits from eight different players on its way to blowing the game open. A couple key mistakes by St. Helens didn’t hurt, either.

After scratching out a few hits in the first inning, the Pioneers hit their rhythm in the second. They sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning and pushed across seven runs.

Four of those runs came with two outs, and three came on one play. With Justin Adams and Scooter Turin taking their respective leads from first and second, Daymond Fritsch stepped up to the plate hoping to redeem himself for hitting into an inning-ending double play in the first inning. Fritsch bounced a routine groundball to the second baseman, who fielded it and tossed to first for what should have been the final out of the inning. However, the ball skimmed off the top of the first baseman’s glove and trickled back to the fence, allowing Turin and Adams to score easily.

Fritsch got a good jump to second on the error and rounded the bag to take the extra base. As he slid into third, the throw from first hopped low and wide past the third baseman. The ball skipped along the bullpen fence and Fritsch practically walked home to make it a 7-0 game.

After going down in order in the third inning, Sandy padded its lead in the fourth. Kevin Frank and Bryce Tilton led off the inning with back-to-back doubles to get things rolling. The Pioneers again batted around and scored four runs in the inning to put the game out of reach.

Sandy was led offensively by Turin and Adams who had three hits each, while Rhett Schilperoort went 2-for-3 with an RBI-double.

Sandy pitcher Blake Robison quietly had a stellar outing on the mound. Robison threw five shutout innings, allowing just one hit. He struck out seven St. Helens hitters before leaving the game. Darin Lort and Chase Thometz each threw a scoreless inning in relief to keep the shutout intact.

“The biggest difference between this year’s team and last year’s team is our depth on the mound,” Luebbert said. “We had a lot of young guys throwing for us last year, and those guys got a year older, and it’s showing. We are really going through a good stretch throwing the baseball.”

The Pioneers won the first game of the series after putting up two first-inning runs and holding on for a 2-1 win on the road.

Sandy saw its four-game win streak snapped Friday with a 13-8 loss to Sherwood.