Trojans put it all together against Vista

By: Matt Long
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Jordan Mills allowed three singles over six innings and Colby Wilmer had two hits, including a grand slam and knocked in six runs in Oak Ridge’s 10-0 win over Vista del Lago on Friday. After beating the Eagles 15-5 on Wednesday, the Trojans 10-runned them again on Friday, as they put a complete game together. “I’m very pleased with how we’re playing,” Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton said. “We’re playing some good ball. We’ve worked extremely hard on our hitting and it’s paying off. “Colby is getting dialed in. He’s destroyed the ball the two games against Vista.” On the other side, the Eagles had a disappointing week. “We’re a better ballclub than we’re showing,” Vista coach Kenny Munguia said. “I know some of it is the maturity level, but we should be in every game. We’ll get there.” Oak Ridge, 5-3 in the Sierra Valley Conference and 8-5 overall, scored twice in the first inning when Jake Schu drew a base on balls from Vista starter John McCants and scored on Jeff McKenzie’s triple off the base of the fence in center field. John Gallagher then grounded out to score McKenzie. The Trojans added another run in the third inning when Kevin Stockam reached on an error and eventually scored on a wild pitch. In the fifth, Oak Ridge loaded the bases on two walks and an error, setting up Wilmer’s slam over the right field wall. In the sixth, Stephen Barisone reached on an error and scored on a ground out. Stockam then singled and Gallagher walked before Wilmer ended the game with a two-run single, which took a high hop over Vista second baseman Cody Kalehuawehe. “I knew it was a clutch situation,” Wilmer said. “We were only up 3-0 and I was just trying to swing easy and get a hit and it worked out good. It was an inside fastball and I was able to get around on it.” Wilmer credits coach Scott Seffens with helping him with his swing. “About two weeks ago coach Seffens changed my swing to where I don’t stride anymore,” Wilmer said. “It’s really helped me to where now I just have to focus putting the bat on the ball. I had two home runs and 10 RBI last week so I’m pretty stoked.” Mills struck out six in six-inning shutout, lowering his already impressive earned run average of 1.29. McCants probably deserved a bit better in his five innings of work, as his defense made a few errors. Jeff Miller pitched the final inning for the Eagles. “Jordan was throwing all three of his pitches for strikes,” Melton said. “He was throwing his splitter too, but he didn’t really need it since his other three pitchers were so good.” Oak Ridge pounded out 20 hits in six innings in a 15-5 win over Vista on Wednesday. Seven players had at least two hits, as the Trojans scored 14 runs in the last three innings. Trailing 2-1 after three innings, Oak Ridge scored five runs in the fourth, another five runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to win going away. With the game tied at two in the fourth inning, the Trojans scored four runs with two outs to get momentum on their side. On the mound, Kyle Porter pitched all six innings, striking out 12 while allowing six hits. Porter also had a good day at the plate, as he had three hits, as did Wilmer and McKenzie. Schu, John Gallagher and Mills each had two hits. Stockam doubled and drove in three runs, as did Gallagher. McKenzie also had a pair of RBI. “This was our best offensive performance of the year,” Melton said. “We had very good approaches at the plate. It was a really good win after a tough last-inning loss to Cordova.” Oak Ridge opened the week with a 5-4 loss to Cordova on March 30.