Folsom rallies to top Sheldon, 12-9

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Down 7-0 in the fourth inning, the Bulldogs nearly needed a miracle on Monday. It wasn?t a miracle, but rather Folsom?s grind-it-out style in the bottom of the fourth, which allowed Folsom to rally for nine runs on eight hits and beat Sheldon 12-9. Starting pitcher Alex Perez was tagged for seven runs, six earned, in the first three innings. Perez then retired three-straight batters in the fourth, setting up the inning which completely erased any trouble he had on the mound. ?When I had that rough inning I was beginning to lose hope, but you always have to keep faith in your team,? Perez said. ?Everybody likes to see high scoring games, but I?m really glad we were able to get the bats going today, because we really needed that.? His fifth win of the season, third in league, snapped the team?s six-game losing streak since sweeping three games from Ponderosa weeks ago. In between Perez?s first and second strikeouts, 16 runs were scored by both teams. The back half of the fourth began on a single and a walk to Matt Maasberg and Sean Rogers, respectively. Both were driven in by second baseman Tyler Long, who led both teams hitting 4-of-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Long had two hits and two RBIs in the four inning alone. He jumpstarted a streak ? six consecutive Folsom hitters had scoring at-bats against three Sheldon pitchers in the inning. Three runs were scored with two outs. ?We were taking it one bag at a time,? Long said. ?I?ve been moving around in the lineup, so [Coach Gilbert] Brewer has faith in me to do whatever I can. I?ll hit wherever he asks me to and I?ll start rallies if I need to.? His rally included RBI from Jake Brandt, Justin Jordan, Alex Wood, Maasberg, Rogers, Ethan Robertson and Tanner Seibel. Long, Brandt and Jordan each drove in two runs. Brandt and Jordan singled in the Bulldogs? final runs in the sixth. Sheldon scored two runs on two errors in the sixth, forcing Perez out and Tommy Dougherty in to close. Daugherty fanned two and gave up one hit as Sheldon cut the lead to three runs. ?I told them what I?ve told them all season, ?you set the tone with pitching early, you keep grinding and you stay with it,? Brewer said. ?We want to finish strong. Our goal is to win three-of-three. Finishing out 6-9 in the Delta River League isn?t bad.? The series concludes with game two at Sheldon on Tuesday and game three back at Folsom for Senior Day on Wednesday.