The Sandy softball squad has made a habit of relying on their great pitching and defense this season. But it was their offense that got the job done in this one.
The Pioneers (13-14, 9-8 NWOC) scored nine runs in the first five innings, including five runs in the third frame to defeat Mountain View (13-14, 10-6 Intermountain) 9-5 on Friday afternoon in a state qualifying game. With the victory, Sandy advances to the first round of the state playoffs.
"We came out with probably the most amount of confidence we have had this season...We looked like a team that was ready to play today. It was obviously a big game, but nobody played scared," Sandy head coach Ariel Fulkerson said.
It was the first time that the Pioneers had scored more than eight runs in a contest since April 12 when they scored 21 against Wilsonville.
"We came out really aggressive in the box and we just had each other's backs. If someone got on base, we wanted to rally and have the next person follow that up," Sandy second baseman Mattie Burns said. "For us, it's all about being confident in yourself and not being afraid to swing at your pitch."
The Sandy offense got their starting pitcher Jamey Wolf the an early run to work with in the bottom of the first. Kaitlyn Bruner led off the game with a bloop double to left field and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Bruner later scored on a sacrifice fly by Leslie Main to put the Pioneers up 1-0.
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