The Pioneers struggle to manufacture much offense against the Wildcats

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Colby Carson rounds third base in Sandy's 4-2 loss against Wilsonville

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Sandy came into their May 5 game with Wilsonville on a season high four-game win streak. The Pioneers looked to be well on their way to a fifth straight win, but the Wildcats offense finally woke up in the sixth inning.

Entering the inning trailing 2-0, Wilsonville got two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to get the 4-2 win over Sandy and stay alive in the NWOC title race.

"I felt like we gave that one away...I know (Wilsonville) is a great team and they're playing really well this year and we have had are struggles, but we're still a good team and we just gave it away," Sandy head coach Rick Martin said.

The lack of offensive production from Sandy ruined a fantastic outing from freshman pitcher Colby Carson, who had given up just one hit in his first five innings of work.

"I did a good job hitting my spots, especially on the outside. I just wanted to keep (Wilsonville) on their toes," Carson said.

Sandy did get a pair of runs in the fifth inning, but could only manage two hits off Wilsonville starting pitcher Haldan Bjornson.

Bjornson ended up lasting six innings before closer Dawson Crooks came in to shut the door for the Wildcats in the seventh.

"We had a poor plate approach. We swung at too many pitches out of the zone and we didn't make (Bjornson) throw strikes," Sandy outfielder Jacob Dukart said.

Look for the full version in the May 10 print edition.

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