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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 1-hitter while hitting a pair of 2-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 6 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 2nd 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 1st pitch he saw over the fence to build an insurmountable lead.  Sandbo homered again in the 4th inning to give him 4 runs batted in for the game.

Sandbo was just as dominant on the mound, as he struck out 9 indians and did not allow a hit until Shelter Island was down to their final out.




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