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Bulldogs struggle in 13-1 loss to Eagles

By: Matt Long
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What a difference a week can make. Folsom High’s varsity baseball team started Delta River League play with a sweep of Florin, while Pleasant Grove lost a three-game set to Jesuit last week. In two games this week, however, the Bulldogs have struggled against the Eagles, losing 9-3 on Monday and then 13-1 on Wednesday at Folsom High. The Bulldogs struggled mightily on Wednesday, as the Eagles scored twice in the first inning and five times in the second to take any wind out of Folsom’s sails on a breezy day. Folsom starter Boston Theis was lifted after two innings of work and replaced by Jason Gerber, but he didn’t fair much better, allowing two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and three more in the seventh. In their defense, however, the Folsom defense behind them didn’t play well. In the second inning, in fact, the Eagles scored a run on a ground ball to third thanks to three Folsom errors on one play. The Eagles, however, did put on a hitting display, hitting the ball hard to all parts of the field. Offensively, even when Folsom scored its only run, the Eagles got two outs at the same time. Pleasant Grove’s ace pitcher, Cody Price, had a good day. He struck out four in only four innings of work, allowed only one hit and left with a 9-0 lead. With Price out, Folsom started the fifth inning against Eddie Ballaron with three consecutive singles by Gerber, Tim Catalano and Troy Watson. Corey Pomicpic then hit into a double play, which allowed Gerber to score Folsom’s only run. Twice during the game Folsom had singles to right field, but were thrown out at first base. It just wasn’t the Bulldogs’ day. Catalano had a pair of hits to lead the offense. The Bulldogs, 3-2 in the Delta River League and 5-6 overall, hit the road on Friday to face the Eagles, 2-3 Ieague and 5-6 overall. A win would be huge after two disappointing losses.