Big nine-run inning lifts Oak Ridge

Trojan Alec De WatteVille, seen here at an earlier game, had two hits against Pleasant Grove. Oak Ridge overcame an early deficit to beat the Eagles 10-3. Village Life file photo by Shelly Thorene

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.”

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