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Folsom girls win pool in Lady Bulldog Classic

By: Matt Long
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Losers of three straight league games, the last two by a combined score of 23-2, Folsom High’s varsity girls’ softball team was in dire need of some wins. On Saturday at the Bulldog Classic, they got them, winning all three games to finish in first place in their pool of four teams. The wins boosted the team’s record to 6-10. Folsom entered the tournament on a tailspin, losing badly to Sheldon 11-0 on April 6 and then falling to Ponderosa on Friday, 12-2. The Lady Bulldogs, however, more than made up for their lack of run production during Delta River League play, pounding out 46 hits en route to scoring 35 runs on Saturday. “It was pretty important for us to come out and get a few wins,” Folsom assistant coach Chelsea Camous said. “We’ve been struggling a bit and this should help our morale heading into practice next week. Hopefully, we can carry some of this momentum into our games against Pleasant Grove and Oak Ridge.” Folsom started the day off with a 10-6 win over McClatchy and only got better, picking up an 11-2 win over El Camino and finishing with a 14-1 victory over Yosemite. Nicole Clark had a great day, finishing with nine hits, including four against Yosemite, three against El Camino and a pair versus McClatchy. Kathleen Dowd was also a key contributor with seven hits, including three against McClatchy and two each against El Camino and Yosemite. “We swung a lot of big bats with three home runs (Clark, Kaylan Jackson, Andrea Martin),” Camous said. “Nicole definitely had a good weekend, slapping a lot of singles and using her speed to get extra bases. Kathleen Dowd was stringing together hits all day too.” With 46 hits, everyone was contributing. Whitney Mayberry, Vronica Idrogo, Delaney Slater, Jenny Hackelman, Alexandra Preddy, Kristin McDaniel, joined Clark, Dowd, Jackson and Martin with solid performances offensively. Preddy also pitched well in the final two games, striking out 13 while picking up the wins. Folsom will try to pick up their first league wins this week when they play host to Pleasant Grove today and travel to Oak Ridge on Friday. Folsom has found Delta River League play most difficult so far this year. “We’ve got a young pitching staff and it’s hard to expect them to dominate when you play established programs with big bats like Sheldon. We knew this would kind of been a rebuilding year, as we lost a lot of senior starters last year. This team is competing though, and they’re building a future for themselves over the next few years.”