After two 8-5 wins against Galena and El Camino, the Oak Ridge Lady Trojans softball team fell flat against Sheldon, one of the best teams in the area, 12-4 in Delta River League softball action Friday afternoon.
“We made some defensive mistakes, and once we got to two outs, weren’t able to get that last punch-out,” Troy coach Sam Kloczko said.
Oak Ridge starter Alyssa Burns allowed a two-out walk in the top of the first followed by two Husky singles that drove home the visitor’s first run.
Trojan Renee Bardini, beaned on the first pitch, scored on a pick off attempt that flew over the second basemen’s head to even the score an it was a while before Oak Ridge scored again.
Troy’s two-out woes continued in the second inning, as six Husky batters reached safely as Sheldon took a commanding 5-1 lead. The Huskies added two more in the third and fourth innings to increase their advantage.
After two Sheldon batters reached on ground balls in the top of the sixth, Nicole Martin entered the game for Burns to face Husky pitcher Alexis Cooper who connected on a powerful shot to left-center that easily cleared the fence to put double digits on the scoreboard for Sheldon. After an Amber Glenn double drove in two more runs, Martin closed out the inning.
Oak Ridge fought back in the bottom half. After Jackie Schmaeling walked, Lauren Bertoy singled to left-center to put runners at first and second with one out. Jade Matsumoto doubled to score Schmaeling and Lindsey Zito hit a sacrifice fly that scored Bertoy.
After shutting down the Huskies in the top half of the seventh, Bertoy drove in Ana Campos for Oak Ridge’s final run.
“We capitalized a lot better in the last two innings, and it showed that we can get hits off such good pitchers like (Cooper),” Kloczko said of the Sheldon hurler who’s committed to play for Arizona State next year, the defending national champions.
Caitlyn Olan went 2-for-3 for Troy.
The Trojans, now 3-7, play next at home Monday against Vista del Lago.