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On This Day in History | 1985

March 29, 2011

The Shrikes | Philipps (Kneeling, left), Sandbo (Kneeling, right), Phillips (2nd row, 2nd from left), Haas (2nd row, 3rd from left), Alioth (2nd row, 3rd from right), Dambra (Back, 3rd from right) & Buddenhagen (Back, 2nd from right)

On this day 26 years ago, the baseball team began its League Championship campaign with a win behind an incredible day from captain Dean Sandbo. Sandbo was a one man wrecking crew for the Shrikes, tossing a complete game one-hitter while hitting a pair of two-run home runs to provide all the offense and defense the team would need in a 10-1 victory over Shelter Island.

Rob Dambra began the onslaught with a leadoff home run, then, after consecutive outs, co-captain Greg Philipps drilled an 0-1 pitch over the wall for the second round-tripper of the inning. The Shrikes broke the game open in the 2nd inning as they batted around the order, bringing six runs across the plate. Doug Alioth reached base on an error by the shortstop and Hill Haas followed with a single. After a strikeout, Jim Buddenhagen singled to bring home Alioth, Dambra grounded into a fielder’s choice to bring in the second run of the inning, and Brad Phillips followed with a single to push the lead to 5-0 as Sandbo stepped up to the plate. The All-County senior took the first pitch he saw over the fence to build an insurmountable lead. Sandbo homered again in the 4th inning to give him four runs batted in for the game.

Sandbo was just as dominant on the mound, as he struck out nine Indians and did not allow a hit until Shelter Island was down to their final out.

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