Games get serious this week for Lady Trojans softball team

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Breast Cancer Awareness softball game

What:  Ponderosa vs. Oak Ridge softball
When:  JV game, 3 p.m., varsity game, 5 p.m. Thursday
Where:  Oak Ridge High varsity softball field
Info:  Free hot dogs will be served and donations will be solicited with all proceeds going toward the Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Fund.

Oak Ridge has had a strong preseason, working up a 14-4 record and is coming off a third-place finish in the NorCal Classic Tournament over the weekend.

Things get more serious this week, however, as Delta River League play kicks into high gear. After facing perennial power Sheldon Tuesday, the Lady Trojans play host to the defending league champions and archrival Ponderosa at 5 p.m. Thursday in their fourth annual Breast Cancer Awareness benefit game.

“Our league is brutal,” Oak Ridge coach Sam Kloczko said. “Sheldon’s 6-7 but they’ve played some good teams and Ponderosa is the defending league champion.”

After crushing Vista del Lago for the second time this season last Wednesday, 15-2, Oak Ridge continued its strong play by winning three of four games at the NorCal Classic over the weekend. Oak Ridge opened play with a 10-0 win over LeGrand and followed it with a 6-2 victory against Los Banos.

A 12-3 loss to Oakdale in the semifinals dropped the Lady Trojans to the consolation game, where they defeated Ripon, 7-5.

“I thought we played well,” Kloczko said. “Of course, I would have liked us to play better against Oakdale, but they were a strong, well-coached team.”

Lauren Bertoy and Alyssa Burns led the way, as both made the all-tournament team. Bertoy hit three home runs during the tournament, while Burns pitched and earned all three wins for Oak Ridge.

“We’re playing well right now,” Kloczko said. “One through nine, everyone contributed in the lineup. The bottom of the lineup has been coming through for us.”

At Thursday’s game benefitting breast cancer awareness, complimentary hot dogs will be served. Donations will be solicited with all proceeds going toward the Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Fund.

The Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Fund serves El Dorado County with a mission dedicated to strengthening the community both now and for future generations. For more information visit