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Bulldogs enter Cosumnes Oaks tournament with 4-5 record

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Folsom High’s varsity baseball enters spring break with a 4-5 record following Friday’s 9-0 loss to Whitney.

The Bulldogs had won two straight games to begin the week, but suffered the loss to Whitney Friday. The team managed only two singles against the undefeated Wildcats (8-0), singles by Sam Notareus and Josh Hook.

The Bulldogs had success early in the week, beating Tokay and Casa Roble.

Folsom took a 7-0 lead against Tokay March 19 and held on for 9-8 win, as Alex Perez finished the game to earn the save after Tokay scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Notareus led Folsom offensively with two doubles and three runs batted in. Troy Knox also had two hits and scored three runs, while Tyler Long, Perez and Tommy Dougherty knocked in runs.

Craig Stafford picked up the win, pitching five innings and allowing five runs on seven hits, but only two of the runs were earned.

“Our guys have taken adverse situations on the field and turned them into positives over the last two games, especially against Tokay,” Folsom coach Gilbert Brewer said. “We were up 7-1 and Tokay battled back and we continued to add to our lead and stayed ahead of a good team. I attribute that to experience and not folding under pressure. Our guys faced much adversity last year as young players and it has paid off over the last two games in that they have not feared close games and tough situations.”

The previous day, Dougherty led the way in the 4-2 win over Casa Roble, as he pitched a complete game and allowed only two runs on seven hits, while also striking out five.

Ethan Robertson had a pair of singles, while Travis Long, Tyler Long, Perez and Logan Guler also had hits.

Folsom entered this week coming off a 4-1 loss last Friday to Lincoln of Stockton.

Robertson pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs, allowing only four hits, but walked five batters, while striking out one. Only one of the four runs Robertson allowed was earned.

Lincoln scored single runs in the each of the first four innings, while Folsom’s lone run came in the sixth inning when Tyler Long scored.

Folsom outhit the Trojans 5-4 and all five hits were singles. Travis Long, Stafford, Tyler Long, Guler and Zach Richardson had hits for the Bulldogs.

“We have a long way to go and have not played our best game yet, but I am happy with this team and how they are beginning to galvanize due to our tough non-league schedule,” Brewer said. “Beating Casa and Tokay in succession and both on the road says a lot as to how our guys are coming together. My hope is that translates into the rest of our season. The schedule does not let up for the rest of the season.”

This week, Folsom plays in the Cosumnes Oaks Tournament. Folsom played Christian Brothers and East Union Monday and faces Cosumnes Oaks today. The team’s next league game is at home against Ponderosa on April 8.