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Oak Ridge softball team has bright future

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Win-loss wise, it wasn?t a spectacular season for Oak Ridge High?s softball team. The Lady Trojans won only six games and lost 17, including a 3-7 mark in the Delta River League. The team, however, battled and was more competitive than its record showed. Coach Sam Klozcko said a couple clutch hits here or there and they could have been a .500 team in league. ?We?re the team that nobody wanted to play because we had the potential to knock off the top teams,? Klozcko said. ?We were in games against Pleasant Grove, Sheldon and St. Francis but didn?t get the clutch hit or fell apart late. We just weren?t able to finish those games. I?m proud of the girls, though. If you would have told me at the beginning of the season that we would have been in those games in the late innings, I would have been thrilled and I am.? Oak Ridge capped off the season Tuesday with a 10-0 win over Folsom in five innings. The Lady Trojans scored runs in every inning, including five in the third that broke open a 3-0 game. Batting in the ninth spot, Renee Bardini had three hits, three RBIs and scored a run. Defensively, Bardini made a brilliant, diving catch in the fourth inning that saved at least one run, maybe two, robbing Folsom?s Adrianna Burlew of a hit. Jackie Schmaeling and Lauren Bertoy both had two hits, Schmaeling scoring once and driving in another run, while Bertoy finished with three RBIs. Jade Matsumoto, the team?s lone senior, doubled, scored twice and knocked in a run. Christine Arace started the game on the rubber and pitched well, allowing only two singles. Alyssa Burns replaced Arace late and allowed Folsom?s third and final hit. ?We did everything well today,? Klozcko said. ?We hit the ball hard, ran the bases and pitched well. We had a lot of two-out hits and that was nice because that?s one of the things that had been missing this season.? Matsumoto was recognized before the game as the team?s only senior. ?It?s senior day and since Jade is our only senior, I call it ?Jade day,?? Klozcko said. ?She?s been solid all year and is a three-year varsity starter and the only player on the team that was part of the section championship run here at Oak Ridge.? Klozcko is looking forward to the future of the program. ?With only one senior leaving and a couple of JV kids coming up next year, the future looks bright,? he said. ?Next year if we?re playing our last game on Senior Day I?m going to be upset because we should be a playoff team next year.?