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Folsom wraps up tournament with win

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Folsom wrapped up the Cosumnes Oaks Spring Break Tournament March 26 with a 4-1 win over the host Wolfpack.

The 4-1 final was a popular score for the Bulldogs, as they dropped their first two tournament games a day earlier against East Union and Christian Brothers by the same score.

After managing eight hits in the two games Monday, the first five batters to the plate Tuesday all singled: Craig Stafford, Tanner Seibel, Ethan Robertson, Sam Notareus and Tyler Long, in a three-run first inning. Stafford, Seibel and Robertson singled to load the bases and Notareus’ hit scored two and Long’s base hit brought in the third run.

Folsom added an insurance run in the seventh. Troy Knox reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Seibel’s second hit of the game.

Offensively, Seibel, Robertson and Notareus each had two hits to lead Folsom’s nine-hit attack.

Folsom’s Alex Perez started the game on the mound and pitched into the fifth inning, before being replaced by Matt Maasberg, who pitched three innings of one-hit ball in relief. Perez allowed only two hits and walked Cosumnes Oaks’ only run in to home in the fourth inning. He finished the game with three strikeouts.

“We did everything today; playing a pretty complete game, “Folsom coach Gilbert Brewer said. “We hit when we needed to hit and played good defense. We had a big double play up the middle that helped keep momentum on our side.”

Having scored a run in the fourth off an increasingly shaky Perez, Cosumnes Oaks started the bottom of the fifth inning by drawing a four-pitch walk from Perez and Brewer quickly brought in Maasberg to pitch. On Maasberg’s second pitch, Cosumnes Oaks’ leadoff hitter Don Palma hit a ground ball to Tyler Long at shortstop, who flipped to Logan Guler, who in turn, got the ball quickly to first baseman Tommy Dougherty for a double play.

“I thought both pitchers were poised and pounded the zone,” Brewer said. “They competed and that’s what we ask them to do. It was only Alex’s second start and he threw a gem and kept it simple. Matt came in and did a great job.”

Offensively, after managing eight hits in two games on Monday, Folsom had nine against the Wolfpack.

“We never expect to 10-run teams, but we got some timely hits today,” Brewer said. “It’s all confidence. The teenage mind is all about attitude. We had a willingness to fight from the first pitch today to the end.”

Folsom, 5-7 on the season, opens Delta River League play at home Monday against Ponderosa.