Bertoy lifts Lady Trojans over Vista, 16-9By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Lauren Bertoy’s talents were on full display Wednesday in Oak Ridge’s 16-9 non-league win over Vista del Lago.
The Oak Ridge senior shortstop and leadoff hitter, who next fall will attend Stanford and play softball on scholarship, hit for the cycle, scored three runs, stole three bases and drove in seven in a dominating performance.
“I have never hit for the cycle in a high school game and I didn’t even know I had done it until after the game,” Bertoy said. “I came out and walked my first at bat and then after that I was just waiting for my pitch. I was seeing the ball well and my timing was good.”
Bertoy, a left-handed batter, doubled to left field in her first official at bat and had perhaps the best inning she’s ever had in the fourth. With runners on second and third with no one out, Bertoy homered over the wall in left field to break open a close game, making a 4-1 game, 7-1. She came up again later in the inning and with the bases loaded, Bertoy tripled to left field, clearing the bases and increasing her team’s lead to 13-1 with her second three-run hit of the inning.
When she came up again in the sixth inning, Bertoy ripped a single to straightaway center field which was probably her hardest-hit ball of the game. Her hit knocked in her seventh run of the game. She then stole second and third base before scoring on Jackie Schmaeling’s towering home run and the Lady Trojans led 16-6.
“It was nice to get some hits to the opposite field,” Bertoy said. “Usually most of my deep hits I pull, so it was good to be able to wait on them and take them the other way.”
Oak Ridge coach Sam Kloczko was impressed by his star player’s day.
“That’s why she’s going where she’s going,” he said of her scholarship to Stanford.
The Lady Trojans had a great day at the plate, ripping 14 hits. Caitlyn Olan had three hits and two RBIs, while Schmaeling had two extra-base hits, including her two-run home run, and scored twice. Amber Orchard also finished with two RBIs, while Jessica Burgess scored four runs.