By Tyler Scmidt
The sun was finally out, the field was dry enough to play on and the fans were ready to watch some baseball. The only sour note Tuesday was the outcome as the Oak Ridge baseball team fell behind Granite Bay early and couldn’t make up the deficit, eventually losing to the Grizzlies 8-2 in the last preseason game before the Delta River League schedule opens.
Granite Bay came out swinging in the first inning. Trojan pitcher Jake Wehr retired the first hitter, but allowed three straight hits, the third hit coming on Jimmy Jack’s solid line drive into the right-center gap that drove in a run. Wehr settled down and retired the next three to escape without any further damage.
Oak Ridge answered with a run to tie in the bottom of the first. With one out, Wehr shot a single up the middle, Zack Mahan followed with a hit and Lance Berrenger sacrificed Wehr home.
The Grizzlies took the lead for good in the second with a six-run rally. After back-to-back singles, Shawn Munkdale hit a deep sacrifice fly to right field to drive in a run. The Grizzlies continued to swing their bats well, getting a few more hits and help from costly Trojan errors.
Jack came through again with a two-run double to right field that seemed to just keep carrying. Wehr retired the next hitter, but after giving up a RBI single to Andrew Wilson, Jared Ross replaced Wehr and got the third out on a ground ball to the infield.
Troy scored its only other run in the bottom of the second. Austin Ales ripped a hard line drive single, Drew Reischl followed with an opposite-field knock past the second basemen and Mason Watkins singled in Ales on a ground ball through the infield.
Oak Ridge tried to scratch its way back into the game over the next five innings but couldn’t put enough hits together to add a run to the scoreboard. Wilson doubled in his second run of the day for the Grizzlies in the fourth.
“We played flat all game and didn’t execute when we had our opportunities,” Reischl said. “We also gave up some key errors at bad times and they just hit the ball really well.”
Offensively for the Trojans, Mahan went 2-for-3 with a double and one run batted in, and Berrenger singled and sacrificed a run home. Jack led the Grizzlies with a 2-for-4 day, a double and two RBIs.
The Trojans, who end the preseason with a 3-2 record, play at Sheldon Thursday in their first league game.