Heading into this week’s series with Jesuit, Folsom High’s varsity baseball team is tied for first place in the Delta River League.
The Bulldogs (8-7 overall) swept Ponderosa with a combination of good pitching, solid defense and timely hitting and will need more of the same times two to beat the Marauders, one of the top teams in the Sacramento area.
Regardless of how things go this week, the Bulldogs are 3-0 and feeling good about their start in league, as they should.
“We won a competitive series against Ponderosa and are 3-0 and it puts us in a better position to compete in league,” Folsom coach Gilbert Brewer said. “We set out with the goal to sweep Ponderosa and we did that and I’m hoping for a competitive series with Jesuit to keep us in the hunt.”
Folsom was impressive versus Ponderosa; winning games by scores of 6-4, 5-1 and 3-1. Starting pitchers Tommy Dougherty, Craig Stafford and Alex Perez were outstanding, while Sam Notareus and Matt Maasberg earned saves with one-inning stints in relief.
“Our pitching kept us in the games,” Brewer said. “Tommy started us out Monday with a solid performance and Craig had a phenomenal day, not only throwing six strong innings, but also led off for us and got on base and scored two runs. Alex pitched a complete game Friday with no earned runs and dug deep in the face of adversity. He was consistent and steady.”
Folsom also played solid defensively. Stafford made a big play Monday, diving to his left at third base to make a catch and then tagging out a runner trying to advance to third. The Bulldogs also had a key double play from Logan Guler to Tyler Long to Matt Maasberg.
Friday the defense stepped up again.
“Josh Hook made a Major League Baseball gold-glove play, diving to make a grab and then he flipped it to Tyler, who spun 360 degrees and threw the guy out at first,” Brewer said. “Our defense was lights out.”
At the plate, Maasberg, Guler and Tanner Seibel had two RBIs apiece in Monday’s game; Long and Robertson had a pair of hits Wednesday, while Maasberg and Notareus had two RBIs. Maasberg had another big game Friday with two hits, while Travis Long, Troy Knox and Hook knocked in runs.
Folsom travels to Jesuit today and Friday and plays host to the Marauders Wednesday. All three games begin at 4 p.m.