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Pioneers sweep Milwaukie

Sandy crushes Milwaukie 14-2 in Game 3 to earn the sweep


by: SANDY POST: PARKER LEE - Sandys Bryce Tilton safely dives back to third base during Fridays home win over Milwaukie. After stomping Milwaukie in the first two games of last week’s series, the Sandy Pioneers simply needed to avoid a major letdown to complete the sweep. With that in mind, they took the field on Friday with renewed intensity and the Mustangs one slim ray of hope disappeared.

Sandy scored in bunches and plastered Milwaukie for a 14-2 victory.

“We did exactly what we needed to do,” Sandy coach Rick Martin said. “We have a young team still, so the biggest thing with them is keeping them focused when they know they are the better team.”

The Pioneers dropped at least four runs on Milwaukie in three different innings, and they got started immediately. They batted around in the bottom of the first inning as they put up an early four-spot. Sandy first baseman Austin Carson delivered the key knock as he laced a two-run single to center field. He later scored on a single off the bat of Sam Kalar.

Sandy broke the game wide open in the fourth inning, and it didn’t have to do that much to make it happen. The first six hitters reached base and eventually scored with help from the Mustangs. Milwaukie walked a batter, pegged two more and booted a ball to give the Pioneers free base runners. Two wild pitches and a pair of fruitless fielder’s choices added to Milwaukie’s frustration.

The Pioneers sent 10 batters to the plate and tallied six runs in the inning, despite earning just one base hit.

Sandy was gifted three more walks in the fifth which it cashed them in with a trio of big hits. Catcher Cody Welty mashed a hanging curveball to the gap in left-center that one-hopped the fence. Two runs scored on the play. After Jordan Hamberg followed with a walk, third baseman Carson Dwyre lifted a high fly ball to straight-away center field. Milwaukie’s center fielder back-pedaled and jumped to try to reel it in, but he couldn’t snag the ball and it rolled to the wall. Dwyre never slowed down and slid into third base with a two-run triple. Bryce Tilton also doubled in the inning.

“Everybody is starting to hit the ball really well,” Tilton said. “Everyone is being selective and waiting for their pitch. We are all doing our jobs, and that is really nice to see.”

Welty drove in three runs in the game and scored two. Dwyre and Carson likewise had three RBIs each. Tilton went 2-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored.

The only thing in question in Friday’s blowout was whether or not Sandy would come away with a shutout. The Pioneers took the shutout into the seventh inning, and it was still intact with two outs in the final inning, however a late hit pushed in two Milwaukie runs.

Starting pitcher Canyon Dwyre threw five scoreless innings while surrendering three hits and one walk. Dwyre got into trouble in the second and third innings, but he got two double-play balls to escape unscathed.

The Pioneers outscored Milwaukie 42-6 in the series. Sandy improved to 9-3 in conference play and extended its winning streak to eight straight games with the sweep. The Pioneers are in the midst of a three-game series with Parkrose who lost 17 games in a row leading up to Tuesday’s series opener.