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Trojans split first two games with Pleasant Grove

By: Staff Report
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A day after handing Pleasant Grove its first loss in Delta River League play, Oak Ridge allowed the Eagles four runs in the top of the seventh on Tuesday and lost 7-6. Oak Ridge led 6-2 after three innings, but the Eagles rallied for a run in the sixth and four more in the seventh to earn the unlikely come-from-behind victory that kept the Eagles in first place in the league with a 4-1 record. The Trojans, now 3-3 in league, are in third place behind Jesuit. Offensively, Oak Ridge had 10 hits, including two apiece from Zack Mahon and Alec de Watteville, who homered, scored twice and drove in a run. John Rico, FP Santangelo, Lance Berringer, Cody Morris, Mason Watkins and Alex Fagalde also had base hits, while Rico, Mahon, Berringer, Morris and Fagalde drove in runs. Berringer pitched into the sixth inning, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits, before Jared Ross and Watkins pitched in relief. Both struggled, combining to allow only two hits, but also three walks and a hit batter in 1 1/3 innings. The Eagles avenged the loss to the Trojans the previous day, when the tables were turned. Pleasant Grove held a 3-1 lead after two innings, before Oak Ridge scored three runs in the fourth and added another run in the fifth to go up 5-3. Berringer and Jason Ross combined for six of Oak Ridge’s nine hits with three hits apiece, while Mahon, Alex Fitchett and Logan Marston also had hits. Ross drove in two runs with Berringer, Fitchett and Marston knocking in single runs. On the mound, Austin Root battled throughout the game, scattering five hits and walking two batters over six innings, leaving with a 5-3 lead and the tying run on second base. Jason Ross pitched the seventh and quickly found himself in a bases loaded, no-out jam. Pleasant Grove traded an out for a run on a ground ball that the Trojans failed to turn into a double play. With runners on the corners, a wild pitch by Ross allowed the winning run to move up to second base. Ross, however, buckled down and struck out the next two batters to earn the save, as Root picked up the win, beating Pleasant Grove ace Zack Stillwell in the process. The rubber match between the teams will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove.