Wednesday Apr 11 2012
Jordan's walk-off hit lifts Bulldogs over Bruins, 6-5
By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
A come-from-behind walk-off win has Folsom High’s varsity baseball team off to a 1-0 start in the Delta River League. The Bulldogs, 5-7 overall, trailed Ponderosa 4-0 early on Tuesday, but tied the game at five in the fifth and won it in the bottom of the seventh when Justin Jordan singled with the bases loaded to score Phil West and give his team a 6-5 victory. “I usually like the first pitch and he hung a slider,” Jordan said. “It was very exciting to get the game-winning it. I’m ecstatic.” West started the winning rally in the seventh with a single and Sean Rogers’ hit put runners at the corners with one out. Rogers stole second and Dominic Bethancourt was intentionally walked to bring up Jordan, who hit a screamer off the fence in left-center field. “We made some errors early and got down, but started chipping away,” Folsom coach Gilbert Brewer said. “It’s a big win, an important win. We need to establish some confidence and gain some momentum at the same time. All 15 league games are important, but we have to take them one at a time.” Alex Perez started the game on the mound and pitched into the fourth inning before Tommy Dougherty replaced him. “Tommy entered the game when were down 4-1 and I think he only gave up one hit the rest of the game,” Brewer said. “He gave us an opportunity to get back into the game. He was solid.” Craig Stafford had two of Folsom’s 11 hits, while Tyler Long drove in the game-tying run in the fifth. “It was a very big win,” Jordan said. “The team stuck in it. Coach (Brewer) says we’re a grinding team because we usually start off slow and then come back. The preseason was a bit bumpy, but I think we’re going to become a solid team and we’ll see how the league season goes.” Folsom has two more games against the Bruins this week, at home Thursday at 4 p.m. and at Ponderosa on Saturday at 11 a.m.