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Trojans split doubleheader in Tuesday's tournament opener

By: By Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Trojan baseball team is spending its spring break competing in the Scott Boras Invitational this week at McAuliffe Field, right next to Sacramento State.

Oak Ridge’s opening day had them slated for two games, the first against Dougherty Valley of San Ramon. The Trojans carried a one-run lead into the seventh inning only to see it slip away as the Wildcats rallied for three runs to win 6-4.

Cody Snider doubled on the first pitch of the seventh inning and came around to score on Ian Clark’s one-out two-bagger, tying the game at four. Three batters later, Bradley Gosiengfaio knocked in two more runs — his second and third RBIs of the game — on a double before being thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple.

Oak Ridge clawed back into a position to win the game with the bases loaded and the potential winning run on first base. Just as Gosiengfaio hurt the Trojans with his bat, so did he with his glove at third base, lying out to snag Jack Rico’s soft liner to end the game.

“I think our youth showed today,” said Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton. “We got our runs early and then didn’t score anymore. We’re missing opportunities with runners in scoring position and less than two outs, leaving guys on. Execution is killer and that’s where we lost it.”

Oak Ridge starter Ryan Sullivan settled down after a two-run first inning. The sophomore right-hander yielded three consecutive singles to Dougherty Valley, including RBI singles from Gosiengfaio and Draco Roberts.

The Trojans backed Sullivan at the plate by scoring runs in each of the first three innings. An RBI double by catcher Logan Marston broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the third and FP Santangelo’s sacrifice fly gave Oak Ridge a 4-2 cushion. Marston would also triple in the fifth.

In the nightcap, the Trojans rebounded with a booming 9-1 victory over Castro Valley.

Oak Ridge (5-2) got six solid innings from Tommy Hummer, who got support from early RBIs from Marston, Tanner Ales and Alec deWatteville. The win gives Oak Ridge a date with Del Oro at 1 p.m. today. The Trojans defeated Del Oro 4-0 on March 12 on a combined three-hit shutout from Hummer, Sullivan and Connor Davis, who will start for Oak Ridge on Wednesday.

“We’re still finding out a little about our team,” Melton said. “We’ve got to get our young guys ready and get our young arms some work. We’ve got to learn that when you get opportunities, you’ve got to produce.”