After hanging with a tough Westview team for four innings, Sandy let things slip away in the end
The Sandy summer baseball team fell 15-6 to Westview in the opening game of the Firecracker Classic at Lakeridge High School on Thursday night.
"(Westview) had a couple big innings that really killed us and we made way too many mistakes in the outfield. If we had sharpened up a little bit, that would have been a tight ballgame," Sandy coach Austin Carson said. "That was definitely the difference in the game."
Sandy fell behind 3-0 early on, but they started to get their offense going in the bottom of the third. After back-to-back singles by the Pioneers, Gavin Martin knocked in Maysen Graham from third with an RBI groundout to cut the lead to 3-1.
Westview would get a run back in the tip of the fourth, but Sandy responded with a run of their own in the bottom half thanks to another RBI groundout, this time by Ethan Wright. Sandy looked to be poised for a big inning, but ended the frame by leaving the bases loaded.
Leaving extra runners on base became an unfortunate theme for the Pioneers in this one.
"I felt like we were hitting the ball well, they just weren't finding gaps in the defense...We just couldn't come through when it mattered," Sandy starting pitcher Cameron Conger said. "It also didn't help that we made a lot of errors...I felt like (Westview) is a team that we could beat."
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