EL DORADO HILLS — Ponderosa High softball coach Dwayne Brekke wanted more aggressiveness at the plate and on the base paths in Tuesday’s intra-county/Delta River League “Pink Game’ showdown with Oak Ridge.
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The Lady Bruins did shift into high gear, banging out 15 hits for a 13-3 victory over the Trojans.
The loss knocked Oak Ridge (3-5, 12-9-2) out of the playoff picture while Ponderosa (5-3, 12-5-1) drew closer toward a postseason berth and could share the league title depending on yesterday’s DRL outcomes.
After scoring three times in the top of the first inning, then watching the Trojans trim the lead to 3-2, the Lady Bruins cranked out five hits, and took advantage of a walk and error in the top of the third inning for a 9-2 advantage.
“We were coming out and being aggressive,” Brekke said. “And I think that’s something we didn’t do the first time against them (Oak Ridge won 9-4 in the first meeting last month). We put the ball in play throughout the entire lineup, and we put the pressure on them by running bases.”
Veronica Greene led off the third for the Bruins with a single. Taylor Doane, Erin Anderson, and winning pitcher Terra Jerpbak (3-for-5, 2 RBIs) reached on hits; Devon Bharne (2-for-3) clubbed a double to left field.
“(Oak Ridge pitcher Alssya Burns) jumped on top last time, and we told ourselves we were going to jump on top this time,” said Doane, who had two hits and two walks in the game.
The Trojans made it 9-3 in the bottom of the third inning as Kendall Kelly walked and scored on Bailey Cook’s double.
Oak Ridge had two of its six hits in the final two innings.
“We didn’t answer,” Oak Ridge head coach Sam Kloczko said. “They punched us, we punched back, they punched us back and we forget to punch back. They out-executed us; they got the key hits.”
Ponderosa continued in the fourth with two more runs for an 11-3 lead. Doane walked, Annie Weiss’ had a bunt single, Bharne walked and McKenna Rickles singled in Doane and Weiss.
The Bruins scored a run each in the fifth and sixth innings to reach the mercy rule. Defensively, Doane’s catch and double-up took the Trojans out of the fifth inning.
In the top of the first, Rachel Timberman (3-for-5, 2 stolen bases) singled, followed by a walk to Greene and a hit from Anderson (2-for-4, 3 RBIs).
In the bottom of the second inning, Oak Ridge’s runs came courtesy of a single from Caitlyn Olan and Cook (2-for-3, RBI). Cameron Kirtlan also went 2-for-3 for the Trojans, and Lindsey Zito recorded their other hit.
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