Making a play

Oak Ridge faces crucial week
By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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A 2-3 league record and a 5-13 mark overall might not look impressive, but Oak Ridge High’s varsity softball team is two wins away from being in the thick of things in the Delta River League. The Lady Trojans traveled to Sheldon on Tuesday and play host to league-leading Ponderosa on Friday in their annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness game. If the team can win both games, it would not only put them back in the race, but would turn the league standings upside down. “We’re only a game out of second place,” Oak Ridge coach Sam Kloczko said. “Sheldon is coming off two losses and it’s our chance to build on our win over Folsom. We’ve got a big game at home against Pondo on Friday. I told the girls, anything can happen.” If the Lady Trojans are to have any chance to win these two games, pitching will be a key. Christina Arace and Alyssa Burns need to have good weeks and the team needs to get the clutch hit, something they didn’t do in a 3-1 loss to St. Francis on April 17. “I’m disappointed we lost that game, but I thought we played well,” Kloczko said. “We had two runners on base and a chance to tie, but we didn’t get the key hit when we needed it.” Oak Ridge, however, came back and beat Folsom on Friday, 6-2. Trailing 2-0 after one inning, Oak Ridge evened the score in the top of the first, the big hit coming on a triple by Caitlyn Olan, and then added one run in the third and sixth innings and finished with two more in the seventh. Jessica Burgess and Lauren Bertoy also hit triples in the game, Burgess finishing with two hits and an RBI, while Bertoy also scored a run and knocked in another. Lindsey Zito and Jackie Schmaeling also drove in runs with Schmaeling singling and scoring as well. Arace allowed two runs on three hits, walked three and struck out one in two innings of work, while Burns threw the last five innings, scattering five hits and striking out three. Oak Ridge won the game despite being out hit by Folsom, 8-6, and committing one more error than the Lady Bulldogs.