Bulldogs take two from Bruins

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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After getting only three hits and being outscored 34-0 in three games against Jesuit, Folsom High’s varsity baseball team scored 27 runs on 21 hits and outscored Ponderosa 27-13 in a doubleheader sweep on Saturday. The wins improved Folsom’s league record to 3-3 and the Bulldogs enter this week’s three-game set with Delta River League leading Pleasant Grove with a 7-10 overall record. The Bulldogs proved to themselves that they can hit the ball after having all kinds of trouble against Jesuit. The sweep of Ponderosa was not only big for their confidence, but it also keeps them in the race. “The guys were a little overwhelmed in the Jesuit series, as I think a lot of them had not seen that caliber of play before,” Folsom coach Gilbert Brewer said. “It was men among boys. It was important for their confidence to come back and finish the week with the two wins over Ponderosa, but those were also must-win games to keep us in it.” Folsom opened Saturday with a 7-4 win over the Bruins. Dominic Bethancourt pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs and two hits, while Tommy Dougherty pitched 2 1/3 innings of no-hit ball in relief. Sean Rogers, who caught all 13 innings on the downright hot April Saturday, had two hits and one RBI and run scored to lead the team, while Matt Maasberg singled and scored twice. Jake Brandt, Ethan Robertson and Philip West all had hits and knocked in one run each. In the second game, a 20-9 Folsom victory, the teams combined for 20 hits and 10 errors. The Bulldogs had 14 hits, three by Jake Brandt, who also drove in seven runs. “Jake played out of his mind,” Brewer said. “He needed a game like that to get him going.” Maasberg, Ethan Robertson, Justin Jordan and West all had two hits, while Maasberg scored three runs, Robertson scored twice and drove in two runs, Jordan touched home plate four times and knocked in one and West scored three runs and drove in two. There’s more. Tyler Long scored three runs and had two RBI; Rogers had two RBI, while Tanner Seibel scored three runs and drove in three. “I think that Jesuit series was embarrassing to them and they took it personally,” Brewer said. “They stayed inside the baseball and hit the ball like they can on Saturday. They came together and played 13 innings of solid baseball.” Things don’t get any easier for the Bulldogs, who face Pleasant Grove for three games this week; home today and Thursday and on the road at Pleasant Grove on Tuesday.