Trojans struggle to match potent Roseville offense
Oak Ridge mounted a seventh-inning two-out rally to bring the deficit to four, but ultimately fell 8-4 to Roseville in Friday’s non-conference varsity baseball match-up.
Entering the final frame for the Trojans, pinch-hitting outfielder Cody Uharriet stepped up to the plate with two outs and two runners on. Sitting on a 2-1 fastball, Uharriet sent a hard-hit line drive up the middle to cut into visiting Roseville’s 8-2 lead. Unfortunately for the Trojans, their rally was short-lived as they recorded their final out on the following at-bat.
Oak Ridge starting pitcher Alex Fitchett went four and a third innings, yielding three runs while tallying six strikeouts. Relief pitcher and lead-off hitter Cole Hansen ran into trouble in the sixth inning, allowing five runs to cross home, three courtesy of a base-clearing three-run double off the bat of Roseville catcher Dylan McBride.
Also starring for the Tiger offense was lead-off hitter and short-stop Nick Blaser who finished the day with a total of four hits in five plate appearances.
Hansen led off the game for the Trojans with a slashing line drive into left field, eventually crossing home on a pair of Tiger throwing errors. Roseville starting pitcher Mark Reece settled down after giving up the early single, allowing just one hit to the next 18 batters he faced en route to a near-complete game (six and a third innings pitched).
Other contributions from the Oak Ridge offense came from first-baseman Zach Mahon: one hit in three at-bats with one walk and one RBI. Hansen ended up with two hits and a walk.
The Trojans look to wake up the bats and pick up their first league win Monday when they head to Folsom to face the Bulldogs.