Sandy moves into second place in league with the win
First baseman Justin Adams was annoyed. You could read by his expression that he wasnt happy about being called out on strikes in his first at-bat against Rex Putnam on Friday. Rather than ripping the umpire or throwing his bat, he simply jogged back to the dugout, grabbed his glove and played defense. But he didnt forget that first at-bat.
For the rest of the game, Adams unleashed his frustrations on the baseball and led the Pioneers on a hitting tear as they pummeled Putnam, 10-3.
Sandy held a slim 2-1 lead entering the bottom of the fourth inning and was on the verge of opening the game up when Adams came up for the second time. With two strikes against him, Adams connected on an outside pitch and sent it bouncing off the batting shell beyond the right field fence. The opposite field bomb was the first home run hit at the new Sandy baseball field.
Adams homer was the spark the Pioneers needed to break through. Later in the inning, third baseman Darin Lort delivered a two-out single to center field to bring in two more runs.
We hit the ball hard. A lot of guys hit the ball on the nose, and that was good to see, Sandy coach Garet Luebbert said. Some guys were getting frustrated because we saw some good pitching the last few games and didnt score very many runs, so it was nice to put some good swings on pitches.
Sandy kept it going in the fifth when Scooter Turin, Adams and Daymond Fritsch pounded three straight doubles to start the inning. The Kingsmen then walked three consecutive batters to force in another run before escaping without further damage.
Adams stayed hot by steaming a sharp groundball to the left side. The shortstop made a diving stop to keep it in the infield, but had no chance to throw Adams out. Fritsch then hammered another double to move Adams to third. Shortly after that, Adams scored his third run in as many innings on a passed ball. Fritsch came in for the Pioneers 10th run on a single up the middle by Rhett Schilperoort.
Putnam had a few deep drives of its own, but after every hit, Sandy pitcher Carson Dwyre shook it off and bounced back. None of Putnams three extra-base hits came back to haunt the Pioneers.
Carson had a great approach, Luebbert said. Their hard hits didnt hurt us because he was challenging guys, which is what good pitchers do.
Sandy recorded many more hard hits than Putnam, and they came in big situations. Those hits did hurt the Kingsmen. Six Pioneer hits went for extra bases and the Sandy player responsible for the hit scored every time. With runners in scoring position, Sandy went 5-for-9.
For the game, Adams was 3-for-4 with the home run, double and two RBIs. Fritsch went 2-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI. Lort added three RBIs and Blake Robison registered two.