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Trojans clobber Folsom for ninth straight win

By: By Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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It may be safe to say that the Oak Ridge bats have found their stroke. The Trojans have been the hottest baseball team in the Delta River League of late, rattling off nine straight victories. The winning streak continued on Friday, as the Trojans completed a three-game sweep of the Folsom Bulldogs, 12-0.

The Trojans have been scoring in bunches. It was the sixth time during the nine-game stretch that Oak Ridge has posted double-digit scoring and the fourth time they’ve scored at least 12 runs.

“We’ve been having some big innings. We just have a bunch of guys swinging the bats really well. Hitting is contagious,” said Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton.

The big inning on Friday came in the top half of the fifth, where the Trojans broke the game open with seven runs on eight hits. The frame was highlighted by two hits (a double and a single) from Alec de Watteville, an RBI double from Logan Denholm and an opposite field three-run homer from Logan Marston.

 “I just came into the box thinking, new (pitcher), he’s got some runners on base and he’s probably going to try to throw it down the middle. Just sit back on it and drive it to the right side,” said Marston, who would also triple his next time up.

During the Trojans’ nine-game win streak, Marston has hit .607 (17-for-28) with seven extra-base hits and 13 RBIs.

Oak Ridge received contributions from just about everyone in the lineup. Denholm drove in three runs, Jack Rico had three hits with an RBI and Austin Vail came in for two scoreless innings of relief. Starter Ryan Sullivan threw four scoreless innings, while only allowing three Folsom hits. It was the first start in which Sullivan had not allowed a run to cross.

Folsom (8-16, 3-9 DRL) threatened in the bottom of the third with three singles from Logan Guler, Tommy Noble and Josh Hook. Guler tried scoring from second on Hook’s single to center field, but sophomore Chris Roppolo fired a strike to Tanner Ales at the plate to gun down Guler. Melton noted that that play was huge in that it would have tied the game and possibly shifted momentum in the Bulldogs’ favor.

The Trojans (16-8, 9-3 DRL) look to stay hot in their final regular season series next week against Ponderosa while hoping that Jesuit and Pleasant Grove (both 9-2 DRL entering Friday) will beat up on each other in the standings.

“All we can do is worry about ourselves right now and let the chips fall where they may,” said Melton. “We feel pretty good wherever we’re going to be (at playoff time). It’s fun right now.”