Oak Ridge bats silent in loss to Del Oro

By: Matt Long
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Todd Melton said if his team could get by the first round of the playoffs he felt they had a good chance to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II baseball championship. That turned out to be a big ‘if’, as the Trojans lost to Del Oro, 2-0, on Wednesday, behind a no-hitter from Eagle pitcher Mason Magleby. Oak Ridge only had four baserunners in the game, three by walk and another hit by a pitch, as the Trojans saw their season come to an end with a 17-11 record. “It’s never good to get no hit in a playoff game,” Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton said. “The book on him (Magleby) was that he could be wild, but he was pounding the zone pretty good with his fastball and slider. He can get it up there around 90 and if you don’t see that all the time it can be difficult to hit it.” Making matters worse for the Trojans was that Magleby got stronger as the game wore on. The senior right-hander only struck out three batters in the first five innings, but struck out six of the last seven to end with nine strikeouts. He had struck out six batters in a row from the fifth to seventh innings until Oak Ridge’s Willie Tucker lined out to Magleby for the game’s final out. The Trojans managed three at bats with runners in scoring position, but could do nothing with them. With one out in the third inning, Stephen Barisone and Robbie Brown drew walks, but Jake Schu struck out and Kevin Stockam grounded out to end the inning. In the sixth inning, Stockam was hit by a pitch and stole second base with two outs, but Jeff McKenzie struck out swinging to end the threat. Jordan Mills pitched well for the Trojans, allowing only two runs in six innings, but it turned out to be two runs too many. Kyle Porter pitched the last two innings for the Trojans. Del Oro managed a run in the second inning on a pair of singles, an Oak Ridge error and an infield single fielded by Mills, but he couldn’t get the throw off in time to get the runner at first base. The Eagles managed an insurance run in the sixth on a single, hit batter, fielder’s choice and another single. Despite the loss, it was still a good year for the Trojans. “We’re proud of ourselves,” Melton said. “We’re still the league champs and they can’t take that away from us. We’re a young team with only three seniors in the lineup everyday, so we had a good season.”