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Folsom baseball team places fourth at Cordova Easter Tournament

By: Matt Long
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A recent four-game win streak has improved Folsom High’s varsity baseball team’s record to 4-6 with two non-league games remaining before Delta River League play begins next week. While their classmates enjoyed spring break away from school and their sports teams, Folsom High’s varsity baseball team competed in the Cordova Easter Tournament and placed fourth, winning three of five games played. Ryan Fernandez has likely never hit the ball better, as he finished the tournament with a .785 batting average, ripping 11 hits in 14 at bats. He was named to the all-tournament team, as was teammate Daniel Wamhoff, who had nine hits in 17 at bats for a .529 batting average. Other top hitters for Folsom included Alex Wood, who went three-for-four with a double against Menlo Atherton, while Troy Watson had a good tournament all-around. Folsom coach Ryan Carey estimated that both Wood and Watson had about six hits in 18 at bats in the five tournament games. Coming off a 12-10 win over Casa Roble on March 24, the team’s first win of the season, the Bulldogs opened the Cordova Tournament with a 8-5 win over Center on March 29. The team then crushed Mesa Verde, 15-3 and then Cosumnes Oaks, 23-6. Folsom ended the tournament with losses to Cordova in the semi-finals, 8-2, and to Menlo Atherton, 15-4, in the game to decide third place. “We hit the ball really hard the first three games and finally got the bats going,” Carey said. “We got a lot of guys on base and got a lot of two-out hits. The last two games we came back to earth a bit, but the tournament as a whole was good for us. Everyone got looks as we get ready to head into league play after games against Bella Vista and Pioneer.” Folsom plays at Bella Vista on April 7 before traveling to Pioneer on April 8. The Bulldogs open league play at Florin on April 12.