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Errors prove to be Oak Ridge's undoing, lose 6-2

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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The final score didn?t show how well Oak Ridge played on Tuesday against Pleasant Grove. The Lady Trojans out-hit Pleasant Grove and Alyssa Burns certainly matched the effort of Eagles? pitcher Celina Matthias if not topped it, but the Lady Trojans suffered a 6-2 loss. Oak Ridge (2-6 in league, 5-16 overall) lost the game in the field; however, as four infield errors led to all six unearned runs, spoiling solid performances from Burns, Renee Bardini and Jackie Schmaeling. ?We made some mistakes and they were able to capitalize on them and that was the difference,? Oak Ridge coach Sam Kloczko said. ?You take away our errors and they don?t score. You can?t make mistakes like that in close games. Four errors are hard to overcome.? Oak Ridge also had a bit of bad luck in the first inning. Schmaeling led off the game with the first of two doubles and Jade Matsumoto followed with a bunt single to put two runners on. Lauren Bertoy hit the next ball on the screws, but her line drive went right to second baseman Autumn Miller, who easily doubled off Matsumoto from first. Caitlyn Olan then flied out to right field to end the scoring threat. The Lady Trojans got on the board in the third inning. With one out Bardini singled to right field and scored all the way from first on Schmaeling?s double. One out later, Bertoy doubled in the left centerfield gap to score Schmaeling and Oak Ridge led 2-0. Pleasant Grove got one run back in the bottom of the third when an error, walk and infield hit loaded the bases and a second walk forced a run home. Schmaeling then picked off the runner on third to end the inning and keep her team in front by a run. The Eagles tied the game in the fifth after Oak Ridge got the first two outs. An error allowed a runner on and a single by Miller tied the game at two. Pleasant Grove rallied for four more runs in the sixth, as back-to-back errors allowed the first two runners on and it was downhill from there, except for a diving catch in right field by Olan that temporarily saved a run. Bardini, hitting ninth in the order, had three hits in the game and scored a run. Schmaeling and Bertoy had two hits and each drove in a run. Bardini had been hitting at the top of the lineup, but proved no matter where she is in the lineup, she can get the job done. ?I?m comfortable hitting ninth, but it?s not fun being moved down in the lineup,? Bardini said. ?I thought we played well today, but we just made too many mistakes and Pleasant Grove capitalized on them.? Despite the team?s losing record, Bardini said she and her teammates keep a positive attitude. ?We all get along well and support each other,? she said. ?Our energy level is good.? Oak Ridge has another opportunity for a win on Friday when they play at St. Francis.