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Oak Ridge rips Folsom, 16-3

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Trojan explosion on offense mercy rules Folsom The Oak Ridge baseball team has mainly been known for its pitching in this 2012 season. Over the last week, however, the offense has started to click. The Trojans cruised to their fifth straight win with a 16-3 mercy rule victory over Folsom at home on Monday afternoon. Oak Ridge (15-7, 6-4 DRL) plated its first seven hitters en route to an eight-run bottom of the first inning. That would be more than enough support for sophomore starter Austin Root, who threw all five innings, allowing three runs and striking out four. Alec de Watteville and Bobby Gatta began the Trojan half of the first with singles. Zack Mahon walked to load the bases for Lance Berringer, who drove in two with a ground-rule double to left. Cody Morris followed with a two-run single and two batters later, Cody Uharriet hit a two-run double. Uharriet scored on a double from Jason Ross, who was later driven in on de Watteville?s second hit of the inning. At this point, the Trojans were only halfway done at the plate?and for that matter, so was de Watteville. In the second inning, Oak Ridge built a two-out rally that loaded the bases for the Trojan shortstop. De Watteville took a 1-0 pitch deep over the left field fence for a game-busting grand slam, putting the Trojans up 12-0. ?I was just going up there looking for a pitch inside and ended up getting it early in the count. I just tried to be aggressive with it,? said de Watteville, who finished the game 3-for-3 with five RBIs. Oak Ridge still wasn?t done. In the third, the Trojans put two runners on for center fielder Alex Fitchett. The future Sacramento State Hornet hit a foul ball over the left field fence before working the count full and then sending a towering blast?in fair territory this time?through the trees beyond left field. ?My hands were late and I felt it. That?s why I spotted it up. So I made a slight adjustment and it feels good to get the monkey off my back,? joked Fitchett, who at that point in the game was the last Trojan starter to record a hit. Along with de Watteville, Gatta and Mason Watkins also collected three hits each. Mahon added an RBI-triple in the third to complete the team cycle for the Trojans, who will play two more against the Bulldogs this week. In the seven games leading up to April 23 (when Oak Ridge?s recent winning streak began) the Trojans went 2-5 and scored a total of 22 runs. Since April 23, Oak Ridge is 5-0 while more than doubling its offensive production with 54 runs. ?Games like these can be traps for us but I was impressed with the way that we stayed within ourselves and just took what they gave us,? said Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton. ?I like to play the tougher teams towards the end to have that competition but I?m looking at the positives on the flipside. These high school kids; if they get on a roll, they feel good. It?s part of the deal.?