Trojan baseball splits games

By From page A6 | May 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Brian Frietas held Oak Ridge to just 4 hits Saturday and made a key, mid-game defensive play as the Thundering Herd pushed the Trojans out of the Division I section winner’s bracket after a 4-1 victory at SCC’s Union Stadium.

Oak Ridge, held hitless after the third, scored its run that inning when Trenton Denholm legged out an infield single, was balked to second and came around on an error that allowed Tyler Reyes to reach.

After Patrick Smith was hit, the Trojans lost an argument thinking Zach Reyes also was grazed before he singled on a play that ended with Frietas gathering a deflected throw in foul territory and firing to his catcher to nail Tyler at the plate.

“Obviously we thought Zach was hit and that the tag on Tyler was high on the back,” Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton said. “This is two evenly-matched teams and momentum is huge in high school ball. We didn’t get a couple breaks, missed location on a couple pitches and weren’t smart in some at bats when we should have worked the count.”

Robert Gasser (7 hits, 7 strikeouts) got the start for Troy and Brady Rodriguez (3 strikeouts, no hits) pitched the last two. A single-turned triple ignited Elk Grove which scored twice in the bottom of the third and duplicated with another two runs in the fourth.

Back-to-back singles by Zach (2-for-3) and Cameron Allie opened the second but Frietas worked out of the jam.

Oak Ridge returned to the field in a must-win game Monday at 7 p.m. against Del Oro

“We need to come back and be a little bit better,” Melton said.

The Trojans opened with a 13-3 win over Napa on Wednesday. Rhys Kennedy was 3-for-3 with a triple, scored two runs and knocked in two runs in the 10-run win over the Indians.

On the mound, Denholm gave up three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out eight Indians in route to the victory. At the plate, Denholm was 1-for-4, scored two runs and had two RBIs while Allie was 1-for-3, scored twice and drove in two runners. Jackson Slaughter was also 2-for-3 scored a run and had one RBI, and Tino Bethancourt contributed two runs scored for the Trojans.

Jerry Heinzer


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