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Folsom wraps up season with 7-1 loss to Sheldon

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Folsom High?s varsity baseball team struggled through another difficult season, finishing with a 4-11 record in the Delta River League and an 8-18 mark overall. The Bulldogs dropped two of three games to Sheldon in the final series this week, losing the finale on Wednesday, 7-1. Sheldon held a slim 2-1 lead for most of the game, but added one run in the sixth and four in the seventh to pull away from a Folsom team that struggled at the plate with only three hits against Sheldon sophomore lefty Brandon Langan. Sheldon took a 1-0 lead in the second on a home run by Donovan Gini, but Folsom tied it up in the bottom of the inning when Sean Rogers reached on an error, moved to second on Alex Wood?s sacrifice bunt and scored on Tanner Seibel?s opposite field single. Philip West and Jake Brandt followed with walks to load the bases, but in what would be arguably the biggest moment of the game, Langan struck out Justin Jordan to end the inning. Folsom never threatened again, as its only other hits came on singles from Rogers in the third and Dominic Bethancourt in the fifth. Bethancourt kept his team in the game as long as he could, scattering seven hits, walking two and hitting two batters in 6 2/3 innings. Three of those hits came in the top of the seventh. Bethancourt finished the game with three strikeouts. ?Dominic showed a lot of poise out there, as his back was on the ropes a couple of times,? Folsom coach Gilbert Brewer said. ?He only had a few balls that were hit hard off of him. We had our opportunities to score too, but they got a big strikeout.? In the final game of the season, Folsom honored its five seniors before the game: Brandt, Jordan, Rogers, West and Wood. ?These guys have worked hard since I began coaching them at the junior varsity level three years ago,? Brewer said. ?They will all be successful in the future.? By relying on several youngsters this season, the future looks bright for the Bulldogs. ?We went through league using primarily three sophomore starting pitchers in Dominic, Alex (Perez) and Craig (Stafford), along with junior Matt Maasberg. We also had a sophomore shortstop (Seibel) and another sophomore on the team early in the season in Anthony Polo-Casa. We took our lumps and it was tough, but with maturity these guys will cash in. We?ve got 11 kids coming back next year and we?ll have more kids coming up from the JV team.?