Sandstone rallies to nip Carlton

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 25 June 2023 at 8:48 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers – Omer Fugate registers a strikeout to complete Sandstone’s narrow 10-9 win over Carlton this past week in Albion Midget League action.

Coming from behind twice, front-running Sandstone nipped Carlton 10-9 in Albion Midget League action this past week.

Carlton jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning on a grand slam home run by Jack Conn.

Sandstone answered with 5 runs in the second inning highlighted by a two-run single by Eli Johnson. However, Carlton quickly regained the lead at 9-5 with five runs in the third inning as Colson Braley had a two-run single.

Sandstone though battled back to claim the narrow win by scoring twice in both the third and fourth innings and once in the fifth. Rocco Sidari had an RBI double in the third as Elliott Slocum and Landyn Galligan had key hits in the fourth.

Omer Fugate turned in a key relief pitching job for Sandstone striking out 9 over the final 3 innings.

Improving to 6-0, Sandstone also scored a 11-0 win over Elba last week as Brayden LaMartina struck out 10 in four innings of work on the mound and Fugate 6 in two innings.

At the plate for Sandstone, Johnson had 4 hits, Sidari 3 and LaMartina and Fugate 2 each. LaMartina’s hits included a three-run double in the fourth inning which broke the contest open.