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Folsom falls to Del Campo, 16-5

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Last week’s rain got the young Folsom Bulldog baseball team a little wet behind the ears. The Bulldogs had won three of their first four games heading into Wednesday’s non-league game against Del Campo, Folsom’s first game since beating Vista del Lago 4-1 on March 10. The Bulldogs weren’t on their game, though, and suffered a 16-5 beat down in six innings. Alex Perez, who pitched so well against the Eagles, struggled. He allowed six runs in the first inning and walked five and didn’t make it out of the second inning before Tommy Dougherty replaced him on the mound. “Alex is a young sophomore and he got a taste of success against Vista del Lago and he will have a lot of success in the future,” Folsom coach Gilbert Brewer said. “Today was a learning experience for him. He didn’t have his best stuff today, but the way I looked at it is that he was trying too hard and didn’t trust his stuff.” Dougherty pitched 3 2/3 innings and slowed the Cougar offense, allowing his team an opportunity to get back in it. Trailing 8-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, Folsom cut the lead in half with a rally. The first three batters reached base; Justin Jordan singled to right, Matt Maasberg reached on an infield single and Alex Wood knocked in Jordan with a single to right. After a strikeout, Sean Rogers beat out another infield hit to load the bases before Tanner Seibel singled to score Maasberg. With the bases still loaded, Tyler Long singled to score Wood. Jake Brandt followed with a sacrifice fly to make the score 8-4. “One of the things I was stressing early was that although we were down 6-0, it was still early,” Brewer said. “We have such a young team and I think they got down on themselves, but there was a lot of game left. “I thought Tommy did a good job,” Brewer continued. “As our top reliever, his job is to keep us in the game or finish the game and he did that today. Craig Stafford, who we just brought up, he also did a good job and this was a good experience for him.” Del Campo, however, came right back in the top of the fifth, scoring three times to re-establish a solid lead, 11-4. Folsom got one run back in the bottom of the inning, when Jordan walked and eventually scored on Wood’s sacrifice fly. The Cougars finished off the Bulldogs in the top of the six scoring five runs to take a 16-5 lead. Folsom’s next game is at 4 p.m. Friday at home against Grant before playing host to Deer Valley at 11 a.m. on Saturday.