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Another big first inning leads Oak Ridge to 12-5 win over Folsom

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Game two between Oak Ridge and Folsom again went to the Trojans, this time 12-5 in a full seven innings. Oak Ridge (7-4 in league, 16-7 overall) followed up Monday?s 16-3 game with another leadoff inning scoring more than five runs. Folsom (3-8 in league, 7-15 overall) made it 6-1 after one, but slowly chipping away didn?t do the trick. Mason Watkins led both teams, driving in three runs on a pair of singles. His two-out, two-run single in the first sparked another pair of two-out, two-run drives. Alex FaGalde singled and Jason Ross doubled. Folsom starter Alex Perez was banged up for all six runs in the first. His team was within four runs in the fourth, but Oak Ridge had a three-run sixth inning with Perez on the bench. The sixth began on one of three fielding errors by the Bulldogs. Watkins then drove one in, Alec de Watteville got an RBI on a hit-by-pitch and a passed ball scored another. Cody Uharriet drove in the Trojans only run of the seventh. Oak Ridge also had three errors. Starting pitcher Lance Berringer started his day with a 6-0 cushion. He threw a complete game and allowed three earned runs and struck out five. He fanned two in seventh, including the final out. ?I battled today. I didn?t really have all my best stuff, so I started trying to throw a little bit more off-speed around the third and fourth innings,? Berringer said. Folsom touched him up for three runs on three hits in the third and fourth innings. A throwing error also scored a run in the third. Matt Maasberg had a good day for the Bulldogs. He doubled in a run in the first and singled another in the seventh. Justin Jordan and Tanner Seibel drove in the other two. Perez, meanwhile, has had better outings. He?s had two starts with six or more innings pitched, giving up one earned run in both. He one-hit Cosumnes Oaks in six innings and allowed Vista del Lago one earned run in seven. ?The first inning was kind of rough, but the next couple I kind of found my stuff and my defense worked for me,? Perez said. ?Teams like Oak Ridge always compete and always have good pitching. We don?t roll over and we go into every series expecting to sweep.? Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton said he was concerned about giving up unearned runs in these games so close to playoffs. The Trojans will likely end up the third place team in the league behind Pleasant Grove (10-1) and Jesuit (9-1). ?We have good starts, but then just get way too comfortable. We settled early,? Melton said.? I want to see us go out hard for seven straight innings. We have one week left before playoffs and I hate when we kind of turn it on and turn it off. That?s not a good sign.? The series finale between Oak Ridge and Folsom is at 4 p.m. at Oak Ridge on Thursday.