Big nine-run inning lifts Oak Ridge
By Brandon Anicich
Oak Ridge breached the .500 mark Friday afternoon at home, dropping Pleasant Grove 10-3 in Delta River League action.
The Trojans smashed their way to a dozen hits and rallied from a one-run deficit with nine, fifth inning runs en route to a landslide victory. The win gave Oak Ridge the season series 2-1.
Head coach Todd Melton credited his players with fighting back after suffering tough losses against Pleasant Grove and Jesuit.
“We kind of changed a little bit,” Melton said. “ We had our hitters … before they go up … tell me what their plan is and then go and execute it. I think after the first loss of this week the guys kind of felt cornered. I think the guys came back pushing. Quality guys.”
Ryan Sullivan started on the mound for Troy, giving up one earned run on three hits while striking out a pair in five innings before being relieved by Brogan Cooper.
Sophomore Chris Roppolo finished 3-for-3 with an RBI double while teammates Tanner Ales, Alec de Watteville and Logan Marston each had two hits. Ross Dwelley, F.P. Santangelo and Mickey Meinhofer (3 RBIs) each tallied a hit to round out the Oak Ridge offense.
Troy now sits in a third-place tie with Folsom at 3-3 behind the Eagles and first place Jesuit, poised to make a run up the leaderboard.
“The league just got a lot more interesting right now,” Melton said. “It’s going to be exciting down the stretch.”