Despite loss in regular season finale, Trojans ready for postseason

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Tuesday afternoon represented senior day for the Trojan baseball team at Oak Ridge High. Pleasant Grove came in and spoiled the party with a 7-6 defeat of the Trojans. After the Trojans tied the game at six in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI single from Alex Fitchett, Pleasant Grove answered with a tie-breaking unearned run in the seventh to top Oak Ridge, 7-6. “It’s pretty hard to sweep a good team but we gave it a good shot,” said Trojan coach Todd Melton. “I think we’re pretty happy. We competed well. Our guys didn’t have their ‘A’ game and we still almost had them. We got a couple guys some reps today so we’re pretty happy.” It was a seesaw battle for a majority of the game. The Eagles jumped on starting pitcher Austin Ales for four runs in the top of the second inning. Third baseman Kyle Castro led the frame off with a double and was driven in on a one-out single by Mason Hastings. Sophomore Josh Adams followed a few batters later with an RBI single of his own before Garrett Heisinger drove in two more with a single to right. Over the next three innings, the Trojans chipped away at the lead. In the home half of the second inning, the first baseman Fitchett came up with one out and crushed a solo homer to left field — his first of the season — to put the Trojans on the board. Ales drew a two-out walk to load the bases in the third for Cody Uharriet. The left fielder chopped a ball to the pitcher, whose throw was booted by the Pleasant Grove first baseman, allowing a pair of runs to score and bring Oak Ridge within one. After Ales set the Eagles down in the top of the fourth, the bottom of the inning saw the Trojans take the lead, 5-4. Back-to-back doubles from seniors Drew Reischl and Cole Hansen plated the tying run before Mason Watkins brought home the go-ahead run with a single. The lead would not last for long as Castro and Hastings mirrored their second inning at-bats with a double and a run-scoring single, respectively. Malik Hill then broke a 5-5 tie with an RBI single that chased Ales from the game. Ales, Hansen, Reischl, Luke Eicher, Jake Wehr and Chris Muse-Fisher, who threw a no-hitter in his final regular season game on Monday, were all celebrated on senior day. “The four years I’ve been here have been the best,” said Ales, who finished his senior day going one-for-three at the plate and six strikeouts on the mound. “I think our chances are pretty high going into the playoffs. Everything’s business as usual, we don’t want to change anything yet. We’re just going to give it our all.” The Trojans, who will finish second in the Delta River League at 11-4 behind Jesuit, now await the Division I playoff brackets to be announced next week. Said Melton: “We held our own this year. We feel good finishing the season strong and we’re ready for the playoffs.”