Thunder takes 5th at state
- Bill Wilson
- Sandy Post - Sports
The Sandy Thunder finished 5th out of 15 teams at the 10U Oregon ASA State tournament Friday through Sunday, June 23-25, in Banks. The Thunder finished 2-2 at the tournament, which concluded its 10U season.
The Thunder jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning of its first game against the Hillsboro Thunder 'B' team Friday. MacKenzie Spencer hit a 2-RBI ground rule double to key the spurt. Sandy scored in the bottom of the 5th when Molly Nutt batted left-handed for the first time this season and laid down a bunt that resulted in her advancing to second on a throwing error. She scored on a single by Rachel Rutledge to make it 9-1 which triggered the 8-run mercy rule after 5 innings. Tiffany Neumann was 3 for 3 in the game.
The second game was a rematch with the Sherwood Fireballs in a 3-2 victory. Sherwood jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. In the Thunder half of the inning, Rutledge and Kelsey Reams were both hit by the first pitch and advanced to 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Sherwood was able to keep them there and retire the side.
Presley Turin and Kristen Prata had back-to-back singles to start the second. The next two batters struck out before Rutledge and Reams hit consecutive singles to tie the game 2-2. The Thunder left the bases loaded in the second and the fourth. They were able to push the go-ahead run in during the fourth. Allie Crane drew a walk and advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. She scored after Reams, Paige Foresman-Allinger, and Spencer earned walks to take a 3-2 lead.
The Sandy Thunder then faced the Hillsboro Thunder 'A' team. Rutledge scored for Sandy in the first when Spencer hit a deep sacrifice fly to left field to take a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, Hillsboro quickly fought back to take a 2-1 lead. Going into the bottom of the fifth, Sandy trailed 3-1 before the Hillsboro bats rallied for four in an 8-1 win.
The final game of the tournament featured a rematch with the Oregon Reign. The Reign prevailed 6-2 to move on and end the Thunder hopes. Sandy hit the ball hard in this game, but always seemed to be directed right at a Reign fielder. Spencer hit two long singles off the outfield fence. Prata had two hits and both RBI's for the Thunder in this game.
In seven tournaments, the Thunder finished with two first places, two seconds, one fourth, and two fifth place finishes. Their overall record was 22-10.
The Sandy Thunder would like to thank their sponsors which included Advanced Cleaning and Treatment, Mt. Hood Rock Products, Two Brothers Plumbing, Chinook Falls Dental Clinic and Kadel's Auto Body.