Folsom drops two games

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Folsom High’s varsity softball team dropped a pair of games last week to fall to 2-5 on the season. A slow start by Folsom and a fast finish by Cordova led to a 10-8 loss on Wednesday to Cordova. Folsom allowed the visiting Lancers four cheap first-inning runs and then Cordova smacked the ball around in the top of the sixth to add some much-needed insurance runs on their way to victory. Folsom showed its heart by fighting back twice, but in the end couldn’t overcome the two strong Lancer innings at the beginning and end of the game. Cordova scored four runs in the first on only two singles, as Folsom starting pitcher Stefanie Troja walked the bases loaded before the Lancers got back-to-back singles, which scored four runs. Troja walked two more and hit a batter to start the second before the Lancers added two more runs to take a 6-0 lead. Folsom’s offense got rolling in the bottom of the second, as the Lady Bulldogs cut the lead in half, 6-3. Troja and Katelyn Rosenbauer both singled and scored on Kathleen Dowd’s single and Samantha Allen’s hit knocked in Paige Laughon, who earlier reached base on an error. Folsom made it 6-5 in the fifth when a Cordova fielding error on Shirley May’s hit allowed two Bulldogs to cross the plate. The Lancers, however, hit May hard in the top of the sixth, scoring four times, as they began to see May’s pitches well after the second time around in the lineup. Kacie Hurlimann scored Vronica Idrogo in the bottom of the inning with a base hit to cut the deficit to 10-6. The Lady Bulldogs were able to close the gap in the bottom of the seventh on Laughon’s hit that scored May and Rosenbauer, but the Lancers were able to get the last out to end the game. Folsom ended the week with an 11-3 loss to Granite Bay. Not much went well for the team, but Allen and Dowd each had a couple of hits and played well, according to coach Brett Magorian. Overall, despite the losses, Magorian said the team is making progress. “I have to keep reminding myself that we’re young,” Magorian said. “You can see it. One problem we had against Granite Bay was our lack of communication out on the field. Some of our biggest errors were because we weren’t communicating. “The girls are making progress every day, though. It’s going to be a long haul this year, unfortunately, but they’re taking what we’re teaching them and putting it in use during the games.” Whether permitting, the Lady Bulldogs play host to Del Campo on Thursday and travel to Vista del Lago on Friday.