Baseball: Trojans open league with Jesuit victory
Behind seven strong innings from Tommy Hummer Monday and a big four-run third inning of offense, Oak Ridge dominated the visiting Jesuit Marauders in a 7-2 Delta River League win to snap a two-game losing streak.
“Tommy pitched great. He pitches to contact, and got a lot of ground balls today. We could have been a little bit tighter on defense, although we did turn some double plays. But Tommy just rolls us ground balls. He changing speeds, locates well, and that’s a good thing in high school. When you do that, you’re going to have success,” Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton said. “I liked seeing our bats come alive too, we’ve been struggling a little bit. Granted we’ve seen some really good pitching and we faced a good guy today, and we just came out hungry. It was a good ‘W.’”
Hummer gave up a double in the first inning but worked his way out of the inning. Oak Ridge took the early lead in the bottom half when Logan Marston’s two-out double off the right field wall drove in Tanner Ales.
Neither team had anything going in the second inning but in the third the Trojans extended as Alec de Watteville singled to start the inning, stole second base and came in as Mickey Meinhofer singled through the middle.
The bases were loaded after Ales singled and Marston reached on a bobbled throw to first. Logan Denholm’s fielder’s choice plated Meinhofer and Ross Dwelley’s sharp single to left scored Ales. F.P. Santangelo reached on an infield single to reload the bases and Troy led 5-0 after Denholm scored on a wild pitch.
Hummer escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth and a two-on, no-out situation in the sixth. Oak Ridge added on its lead in the latter half of the inning when Jesuit committed an error to allow Chris Roppolo to score, and Marston added a single through the infield that scored Meinhofer as the Trojans led 7-0 with three outs to get.
Hummer yielded Josh Falco’s two-run single in the seventh to end his shutout bid but de Watteville handled a grounder and threw to first to end the game.
Oak Ridge improves their record to 7-5 overall (1-0 league) and play the Marauders twice more this week followed by three games against Pleasant Grove.
“We just gotta do what we do. We’re as talented as anybody. We really haven’t been playing our best ball, so maybe today’s the beginning. They say hitting is contagious,” Melton said.
The Tojans pounded out 13 hits Monday paced by three apiece from de Watteville and Ales. Marston, Dwelley and Meinhofer had two each.