Cal Ripken 10U
The first game of the Cal Ripken 10U state tournament started with some fireworks thanks to the Gresham and Sandy teams.
Sandy took a commanding 7-0 lead after three innings. However Gresham responded with nine unanswered runs to take a 9-7 lead in the top of the sixth inning. But Sandy came back with a rally of their own, scoring nine runs in the sixth to come away with the 16-9 victory.
"We have worked really hard this year on the mental side of the game...We have tried to instill in the kids that the game is never over. If you strike out or make a mistake, take a second to reflect on it and bounce back because you're going to get another chance," Sandy manger Mike Kosderka said. "That is what you saw today. For a bunch of 10 year olds to be as mentally tough as they are is really impressive."
After scoring two runs in the second inning, the Pioneers got five runs in the third inning to take a commanding lead. An RBI walk by Jack Jansen and two straight RBI hits by Cole Younger and Kobe Sparks put Sandy up 6-0. An RBI groundout by Matthew Kosderka gave the Pioneers the 7-0 advantage.
But Gresham would not go away quietly. After getting one run in the bottom of the third, Gresham manufactured six runs on only one hit in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 7-7. With the bases loaded, a slow ground ball hit by Quentin Torbert turned into a two-base error and a pair of runs for Gresham.
Two batters later, Cal Simoneau had an RBI walk to trim the lead to 7-4. Gresham's next three runs all came on wild pitches, with Simoneau scoring the tying run.
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