Trojans rout Eagles for second straight win

By: By Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Oak Ridge baseball team posted its second straight victory over the Pleasant Grove Eagles Friday with a 10-3 win. 

Thanks to timely and productive hitting, it was also the second straight game in which the Trojans posted double-digit scoring on Pleasant Grove pitching.

These past two offensive performances have done wonders for Todd Melton and his team’s confidence, especially after dropping five of its last six games coming into Friday.

“I think after that first loss of this week (against Pleasant Grove on Monday), the guys kind of felt like they were put into a corner and they just came back pushing,” said Melton, whose Trojans have evened up their Delta River League record at 3-3.

After Pleasant Grove took a 2-1 lead in the top half of the fifth inning, Oak Ridge erupted for nine runs in the bottom half. With one out, the Trojans’ next nine batters all reached base and came around to score. Mickey Meinhofer, Tanner Ales, Logan Marston, FP Santangelo and Chris Roppolo all provided run-scoring singles during the huge outburst for the Trojans. 

Oak Ridge starter Ryan Sullivan got some defensive help to get out of the fifth inning jam. With one out and runners on first and second, Sullivan fanned Nick Doyich before Marston backdoored the runner off of first to complete the strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play and escape further damage. 

“Once we got into their bullpen, we kind of opened things up,” said Melton.

Sullivan went five-plus innings while only allowing the one earned run. It was the second straight quality start for the sophomore right-hander, as he posted a similar outing against Jesuit last Friday.

“Sully grinded another one out,” said Melton. “I don’t know if he had his best stuff today, but if that’s his ‘B’ game, then it’s pretty good.”

Alec de Watteville opened up the Trojan offense in the first with a triple off the first pitch he saw into the right-center gap. He came in to score on Meinhofer’s sacrifice fly. 

“I think these wins could turn our season around and we can be solid for the rest of the year,” said the second baseman Meinhofer, whose fifth inning knock put the Trojans ahead en route to a three-RBI day.

De Watteville had a pair of hits and scored twice while Roppolo went 3-for-3 with a double and a RBI.

Oak Ridge will now play seven of its final 10 games on the road, beginning with a trip to Sheldon Monday.

Melton noted, "the Delta River League just got interesting."