The Sandy 10U Cal Ripken team has made a habit of coming back from deficits this season. That habit did not change in their state championship game against West Linn on Sunday afternoon.
After falling behind 3-0, the Pioneers rallied back to score four runs in the final three inning to defeat West Linn 4-3, capturing the 10U Cal Ripken state crown. Fisher Winchester hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the sixth inning to clinch the victory for the Pioneers.
"We know that our kids are good hitters and that they would eventually chip a few across...Once we get a little momentum, the guys got excited and it just snowballed from there," Sandy manager Mike Kosderka said. "When we got the (West Linn) starter off the mound, we knew we could do some damage against their two and three guys and put them back on their heels."
This Sandy group lost to West Linn in the 9U championship last season, so getting their revenge on the Lions added some extra importance.
"Winning this game feels like a dream come true because we have worked so hard the whole season. It feels so great to make it to this point and win," Winchester said.
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