Sandy falls to Centennial 4-2 in the opener of its 4th of July tourney

by: SANDY POST: PARKER LEE - Sandys Austin Carson watches a hit sail into the outfield during last weeks 4-2 loss to Centennial.The Centennial summer baseball team kicked off the Sandy Fourth of July tournament by knocking off host Sandy on Thursday by a count of 4-2, thanks to the clutch bats of some varsity veterans.

The Eagles got an early boost from first baseman Dawson Day. Day, who was a big contributor for Centennial’s high school squad in the spring as a freshman, came up with a runner on third in the top of the first inning and delivered a big hit to drive in the run.

After a pair of costly Sandy errors gave Centennial another run in the second inning, Eagles catcher Austin Kibbee stepped up in the third. He produced Centennial’s second two-out hit of the inning by blasting a shot to the opposite that rolled to the wall in right field, scoring Jake Sanders from first base. Kibbee slid into second with a double and the Eagles had a 3-0 advantage.

Sandy got creative at the plate in its half of the third to narrow the Eagles’ edge to a run. They used two walks, two stolen bases, a Centennial error and an RBI-double by Alex Morgan to put two runs on the board.

The key play for the Pioneers – or the Giants as they called themselves during the tournament – came when coach Rick Martin called for a double steal with runners on first and second. Robert Snyder broke for third as Austin Carson took off for second. The throw went to third, but skipped away into the outfield and Snyder was able to trot home. Morgan brought home Carson with his double on the next pitch.

After the third inning, both pitching staffs settled in and quieted the opposing offenses. Each team scratched out a few base runners in the middle innings, but couldn’t put up anything but zeroes on scoreboard.

Centennial tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh when left fielder Michael Knight laced a two-out single into the outfield turf with a runner on third. Knight also doubled in the game.

Sandy gave itself a chance in the last of the seventh by taking a patient approach into the batter’s box. The home team worked a couple walks to put the tying runs on base. The Giants could not get the big hit necessary to knock them in.

Centennial got the win while salvaging its pitching for the rest of tournament. The Eagles used multiple pitchers to prevent any one arm from getting overworked. The throwing committee held Sandy to just two hits.

Sandy starter Carson threw a complete game for the Giants. He surrendered seven hits and three earned runs in his seven innings.

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