Trojans eager to play well in playoffs

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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After 27 games the postseason is finally here and Oak Ridge is ready. The Trojans have had another solid season, winning 20 games, including 11 in league and 10 in a row heading into their first-round playoff game against Davis. The Blue Devils are champions of the Delta Valley League (12-3) and are 20-6 overall. The game is sudden death in nature, a loss and the season is over and a win advances the Trojans to the second round against either Jesuit, who won two of three over the Trojans this season, or Vacaville. Everywhere you turn, a tough opponent is there. ?The first game is always scary because it?s a sudden death game,? Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton said. ?We played Davis last year in the first round and beat them and I think they only lost a couple kids from last year. Davis is always solid and their record shows that. We?ve just got to keep playing like we?ve been playing and play to our potential. We keep getting better and I feel like we?re peaking for the playoffs.? With every game a battle, Melton knows there?s no other way to go through the playoffs then one game at a time. ?We just have to pitch well, play good defense and score some runs, just like in any other game,? Melton said. ?We don?t have to do anything special. If we play to our potential I think we have a great chance to win.? Oak Ridge certainly enters the playoffs on a roll with 10 straight wins, including a three-game sweep of Ponderosa last week in which they won all three games by the 10-run rule. Oak Ridge defeated the Bruins 15-1, 20-6 and 10-0. The Trojans haven?t lost a game in nearly a month when Pleasant Grove beat them on April 19, 4-3. ?I?ve really liked how we?ve played the last three weeks,? Melton said. ?The kids weren?t looking past Pondo and I think they?re ready for the playoffs.?