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Hummer works out of trouble while Oak Ridge pounds Jesuit, 7-2

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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After losing three of their last four games, Oak Ridge High’s baseball team upset Jesuit Monday in their Delta River League opener, 7-2.

The win kick-started Oak Ridge’s three-game set with the Marauders, which continues at Jesuit Wednesday and ends back at Oak Ridge Friday.

Tommy Hummer went the distance on the mound, shutting out the Marauders until the seventh when they scored their only runs on the game. Hummer worked in and out of trouble all game long, but kept the Marauders off the scoreboard until the seventh.

Oak Ridge jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Tanner Ales singled and scored on Logan Marston’s double.

The run was big, especially since Jesuit threatened to score in the top of the first with a runner on second with one out, but Hummer got out of it with a fly ball and a strikeout.

After two quiet innings, the Trojans broke the game open with four runs in the third. De Watteville led off with a single, moved to second on a balk and then scored on Mickey Meinhofer’s base hit. Ales and Marston followed with singles to load the bases before Meinhofer scored on Logan Denholm’s grounder. Ross Dwelley’s single scored Ales, and Denholm later scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.

Jesuit loaded the bases in the fourth inning with one out, but Hummer pitched tough to work his way out of the jam with a strikeout and grounder out.

Jesuit’s first two batters reached in the fifth inning, but a double play from Denholm to Meinhofer to Dwelley ended the potential for a big inning and Hummer finished it off by getting a grounder ball fielder’s choice.

In the sixth, the Marauders once again had its first two runners on but two pop ups and a fly ball ended the inning.

Oak Ridge’s final two runs came in the sixth when Chris Roppolo doubled, moved to third on an error and scored on a grounder. Ales and Marston then hit back-to-back singles, Marston’s scoring Meinhofer, to account for the team’s seventh run.

Jesuit managed a pair of runs in the seventh, but Hummer battled like he did all game and got out of the inning to finish the game with a win, despite four Trojans errors in the field.

Ales and Marston had three hits, while Meinhofer and Marston each drove in a pair of runs. The top of the lineup came up big for the Trojans, as de Watteville, Meinhofer, Ales and Marston combined for 10 hits, five runs scored and four RBIs.

Despite Oak Ridge’s recent struggles, the team put together an outstanding game to get an equally big win.

“This game is a direct result of our tough non-league schedule paying off,” Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton said.