EL DORADO HILLS — Two hits in the top of the first inning gave Ponderosa momentum against Oak Ridge in Monday’s intra county and Delta River League baseball game.
Thank you for reading the MtDemocrat.com digital edition. In order to continue reading this story please choose one of the following options.
If you are a current subscriber and wish to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com, please select the Subscriber Verification option below. If you already have a login, please select "Login" at the lower right corner of this box.
Special Introductory Offer
For a short time we will be offering a discount to those who call us in order to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com and start your print subscription. Our customer support team will be standing by Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm to assist you.
If you are not a current subscriber and wish not to take advantage of our special introductory offer, please select the $12 monthly option below to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com and start your online subscription
Brett Pankow and Shea McLinden smacked singles to right field. Add in a walk to Parker Wright, and the Bruins loaded the bases. But Oak Ridge pitcher Austin Root recorded two of his six strikeouts in the frame, and the Trojans’ bats had 13 hits for a 13-0 win.
The game was called after five innings because of the mercy rule.
“We had them on the ropes,” Ponderosa head coach Robert Taylor said. “We just couldn’t execute. If you get them early, that can help you.”
Root’s mixture of pitches led to the strikeouts. The Bruins (1-9, 5-17) went down in order in the final four innings.
“He had his change-up, and slider, to go along with the fastball,” said Oak Ridge head coach Todd Melton of Root’s pitches.
Oak Ridge (8-2, 13-8) made it 3-0 in the bottom of the inning when Mickey Meinhofer, Tyson Solis and Tanner Ales hit consecutive singles, as Ales’ hit scored Meinhofer. Solis scored on Logan Denholm’s sacrifice fly, and Ales on Kyle Barisone’s double to centerfield.
The Trojans picked up where they left off in the bottom of the second inning for a 6-0 lead. Chris Roppolo (3-for-3, RBI) led off with a double to right field, and Andrew Lackowski walked. Meinhofer (3-for-4, 2 RBIs) singled that drove in Roppolo. Solis (4-for-4, 3 RBIs) poked a double to left field to plate Lackowski. Meinhofer scored on Erik McNeil’s fielder’s choice.
“They believe in themselves,” said Melton of the Trojans’ line-up from lead off to the No. 9 batters. “They are good hitters. We had a couple of balls into the gap, put the ball hard on the ground. I was pleased.”
The Trojans made it 8-0 in the bottom of the third inning highlighted by three singles from Roppolo, Meinhofer and Solis.
Five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning wrapped up the game for Oak Ridge. Jake Hathaway’s double down the third base line, and base hits from Jon Seim, Roppolo and Solis led the way.
Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or email@example.com. Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter.