Folsom softball team continues to improve

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Folsom High’s softball team was six outs away from a upset win over Oak Ridge Thursday, but the Lady Trojans scored five runs in the sixth inning and added another in the seventh to win 9-5.

The loss dropped Folsom to 1-11 on the season, but the team continues to improve. Leading Oak Ridge, a team ranked in the top-15 in the area, after five innings is a step in the right direction.

“The girls are getting better every game,” Folsom coach Mike Scott said. “The intensity is up and that’s great. It’s contagious. When you play with intensity, you play better. Now they’ve got to start practicing that way.”

Vronica Idrogo, back after missing two games, doubled to left field to give Folsom a 5-3 lead in the third inning. In the top of the fourth, Idrogo, playing center field, threw out a runner trying to score from third on a fly ball to keep the good vibes for the Lady Bulldogs.

Folsom’s offense, however, didn’t put another runner on base in the last four innings against Oak Ridge No. 1 pitcher Alyssa Burns, who entered the game in the third inning and shut down the Lady Bulldogs.

The wheels fell off the cart for Folsom in the sixth inning. Folsom had one out with a runner on first, but a fielding error kick-started a rally for the Lady Trojans. Folsom pitcher Sierra Pettit walked the next batter to load the bases and a pop fly to left field found the perfect spot in between shortstop Sami Allen and outfielders Whitney Mayberry and Idrogo, despite Mayberry’s diving effort.

Another walk by Pettit tied the score and a wild pitch and another error put Oak Ridge up 7-5. A double plated one more run in the inning.

“When Sierra kept the ball down, she was giving gifts to her defenders,” Scott said.