SHINGLE SPRINGS — A bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning turned into the winning run that decided Tuesday’s 4-3 softball victory by host Ponderosa over Oak Ridge.
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Rachel Timberman (2-for-3) drew the pass that allowed Cassidy Lujan (2-for-2) to take the easy stroll from third base. Earlier, Lujan and Roni Greene (2-for-3) shot singles to right field to get the inning started.
“It’s a very good win (for us). Anytime you get a win against Oak Ridge in any sport is big,” Bruin coach Dwayne Brekke said.
Timberman’s double jump-started Ponderosa’s 3-run third against Trojan starter Alyssa Burns. Terra Jerpbak and Lujan drove in runs and Gianna Bilotta’s single through the left side and an Oak Ridge error plated another.
Troy answered in the fourth as Michelle Bardini singled in Katelyn Castro. Oak Ridge tied the Bruins in the fifth as Caitlyn Olan singled in Lauren Bertoy (2-for-3) before Jackie Schmaeling tagged and scored on a foul-out to catcher Greene who went over the dugout fence for the catch.
“I saw that no one was covering the plate and it was wide open — it was an instinct play all the way,” said Schmaeling of her dash down the line that saw her dive for the plate and Greene dive to make the tag.
An error helped Ponderosa set up the winning run and foil the Trojans’ strategy to get out of the inning.
“We wanted to get the No. 9 better out and then walk the leadoff (Timberman) and go after the next batter but what hurt was the error.” Oak Ridge coach Sam Kloczko said. “We just didn’t make one pitch but I’m still happy with the way we played.”
Paris Hallums started for the Bruins and pitched four innings before yielding to MacKenzie Mueller for two and Lujan for the save.
“We weren’t able to beat them (Trojans) last time so that was a motivating factor for us, especially the seniors,” Hallums said. ‘It felt good to get a win against Oak Ridge the last time we’ll play them.”