In a do-or-die softball game for the final Delta River League playoff spot, St. Francis ran circles around host Oak Ridge in a lopsided, five-inning, 15-0 loss.
“Sometimes you catch teams at the wrong time and they were on fire today. I mean, they hit everything. I knew we’d have to play a good game and I believed we would do it, but we just didn’t,” Trojan coach Sam Kloczko said.
Before the first pitch, Oak Ridge honored seniors Lauren Bertoy, Michelle Bardini, Renee Bardini and Jackie Schmaeling.
The Troubadours took control from the get-go. After Bella Stolo cranked a home run over the center field wall, St. Francis led 5-0 in the first inning.
Bertoy’s lead-off double went for naught as she was tagged out on Lindsey Zito’s suicide squeeze attempt.
The Troubies took full command in the top of the third to take an 8-0 lead and added three more in the top of the fourth. St. Francis pushed four more runs across in the top of the fifth while Oak Ridge wasted an opportunity to get on the board after Renee Bardini’s lead off double.
Oak Ridge ends its season with an 18-9 record and miss the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for a second consecutive season. As for the seniors, Kloczko had nothing but great things to say.
“They lead by example. I get emotional talking about them because……more than their play on the field, which is outstanding, they show up at practice and are leaders. They come to practice and give 100 percent,” he said.