Sunday Apr 29 2012
Trojan baseball team enjoys a 4-0 week
By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
What a difference a week can make. After the first two weeks of Delta River League play, the Oak Ridge baseball team found itself losers of two-of-three in each series against Jesuit and Pleasant Grove. After their third week, the Trojans now find themselves winners of four straight and in a little bit of an offensive groove. On Monday, the Trojans dominated from all facets of the game in a five-inning, 14-0 blowout over the visiting Sheldon Huskies. Zack Mahon, Lance Berringer and Cody Morris collected three hits apiece while super sophomore Austin Root turned in yet another stellar outing with five shutout innings. ?(Root) has had a solid outing every time,? said Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton. ?He has a great presence on the mound, he stays in control and even when he?s not on, he?s getting outs when he needs to. It?s a little unusual for a sophomore.? Tuesday?s game at Sheldon saw the Trojans jump out to a 6-0 lead before the Huskies came all the way back to tie at six in the fourth inning. Oak Ridge got three runs back in the fifth to take the 9-6 victory as Jason Ross got the win in relief. Rain moved Thursday?s scheduled game to Friday and Alex Fitchett worked into the fifth inning while Berringer picked up three hits, including two doubles and a pair of RBI in the 8-6 win to complete the sweep of Sheldon. Melton said that designated hitter Bobby Gatta, returning to the lineup from labrum surgery, has given the Trojans a huge boost offensively, collecting six hits over the three-game series. ?Getting a sweep is hard to do at the high school level. Sheldon is a scrappy team and they?ve played a lot of people tough. It?s nice to see us start to take control of these games again,? said Melton. On Saturday, Oak Ridge participated in the Albie Swingin? for Life benefit for breast cancer at Sacramento City College. The Trojans defeated Roseville High, 7-6, thanks to a walk-off double from second baseman Mason Watkins. Oak Ridge is above .500 in the Delta River League (5-4) for the first time this year. Early in the season, the Trojans sat at the top of the area baseball rankings, but after the rough first couple of weeks, Melton thinks that a drop-off from the top spot may have been just what his team needed as they look forward to a three-game set with Folsom. ?Nobody really cares about rankings in April. I feel like we?re on a good upward trend and we?re still waiting to play our best ball,? he said. ?We like being the underdog and chasing somebody down. I think we play better when we?re the hunter and not the hunted. We?re just pleased to be getting some W?s right now.?