By Tyler Schmidt
Coming off a two-game winning streak, the Oak Ridge baseball team hoped to keep the good times rolling against Jesuit Thursday.
Instead, the game turned into one-sided Delta River League loss with Jesuit rapping out 14 hits en route to a 14-3 victory over the Trojans.
Despite the cold, gusting winds and off and on rain a good crowd showed up for the home game. And the rain did nothing to stop the Marauders’ offense as they struck for two runs in the first inning off pitcher Cole Hansen on a line drive and a sacrifice fly.
Hansen’s counterpart on the mound, Logan James, gave up a hit to Hansen in the bottom of the first but retired the next three to end the inning. Both pitchers settled down in the second with no runs scored by either squad but Jesuit exploded for six big runs in the third.
Zach Green was hit by a pitch, followed by consecutive hits from Rhys Hoskins, James and Cameron Iwasa to spark the rally. When the dust settled, Jesuit held an 8-0 lead and added another run in the fourth.
Down nine, Oak Ridge fought back in the bottom of the fifth. With one gone, Mitch McLean hit a seeing-eye single to the right side, Cody Morris had a base hit and Cody Uharriet drew a free pass, loading the bases for Hansen, who drove in two with a double down the left-field line.
After Mason Watkins patiently worked the pitcher for another walk, Zack Mahon’s sacrifice fly to right scored Uharriet to make it a 9-3 ballgame at the end of five.
As the weather continued to deteriorate, the Trojans desperately needed a shut-down inning in the sixth, but they couldn’t make it happen. Oak Ridge allowed four more runs in the final two frames off Hansen and relievers McClean and Jason Ross.
The Trojans offense faltered as well, unable to string any hits together. Hansen led Troy with a 3-for-4 day.
“We’re really playing some tough competition this year and faced a good team today in Jesuit,” Hansen said. “We need to step up to that level of competition and have our bats and defense playing a lot better. We need to consistently bring it every game as individuals and as a team if we want to win.”
Oak Ridge is now 5-5 overall, 2-2 in the league standings. The Trojans take on Elk Grove Saturday at Sacramento City College in the Cure 4 Cancer tournament. The game starts at 4 p.m.