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Cal Ripken 11U team grabs fifth place

Sandy wins consolation finale over David Douglas at thier host tournament


by: SANDY POST: PARKER LEE - Sandys Nick Lial chases a base runner back from second base. The 11-U Cal Ripken all-stars from Sandy and Cascade both cruised in their first two games of the eight-team weekend tournament at Sandy High. The early dominance by each squad set up a showdown for first place in Pool A on Saturday evening. It was then that Sandy learned what every other team in the tourney would find out – Cascade is in a class by itself.

Cascade brushed aside Sandy with little resistance and won 10-0 on its way to winning the whole tournament.

Cascade took advantage of the unusually deep outfield fence in the first few innings to jump on top. The second Cascade hitter of the game, Jake Bowen, hit a fly ball to the gap in right-center that split Sandy’s outfielders. The ball rolled on the fast turf surface like it was concrete and scooted all the way to the fence. By the time the Pioneers could fire it back to the infield, Bowen was crossing the plate standing up.

The crew from Cascade duplicated the play two innings later when Carter Monda smacked an in-the-park home run of his own which sparked a four-run inning. Sandy’s pitching tandem of Devin Pedro and Andrew Kosderka startled to settle in after that and shut down Cascade in the next two innings to keep the score at 5-0.

Unfortunately for the Pioneers, they couldn’t get much going with the bats – at least with any kind of consistency. They produced two base runners in each of the first three innings, but never got anyone past second base all game.

Cascade pitcher Micah Foskis was the culprit behind Sandy’s lack of offensive success. He threw five scoreless innings while allowing just three base hits. Two of those came consecutively with one out in the third as Justin Hickey and Nick Lial punched singles through the infield. Foskis stamped out the rally by striking out the next two hitters. He fanned eight batters total.

Cascade doubled its lead in the top of the sixth inning by pounding three straight extra-base hits to fuel a five-run frame. Cascade blanked Sandy in the bottom half to clinch the win and 3-0 record in pool play.

Sandy went into bracket play as the No. 2 seed from Pool A. It suffered a 5-0 defeat to Portland in Round 1, but bounced back to down Newberg 9-6 to earn a spot in the consolation championship against David Douglas.

The Pioneers captured fifth place in the tournament by knocking off David Douglas 9-4 on Sunday evening. They fell into a one-run hole in the early innings before scoring six runs in a two-inning stretch to take a commanding lead – one they would never give back.

View a photo gallery from the tournament at parkerlee.exposuremanager.com.