Young Bulldogs aim to compete

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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After posting an 11-16 record a year ago with a senior-dominated team, this year the Folsom High baseball team will try to win with a younger group. Coach Gilbert Brewer only has five seniors on his team and one of them, Philip West, broke his elbow last week and is out of the lineup. Brewer, who called West the heart of soul of the team, said he will still be around to root on the team. The team’s other seniors include Justin Jordan, Jake Brandt, Sean Rogers and Carter Moore. Jordan will play center field, while Brandt is the team’s second baseman and both figure to play a big role in the team’s offense. Rogers is the team’s No. 1 pitcher, while Moore will fill in as a designated hitter and play in several different positions around the diamond. Alex Wood is another senior yet to come out for the team, having qualified for the state wrestling tournament. “We’re pretty thin with only five seniors,” Brewer said. “At any time this season, we’ll probably have three to four sophomores in the lineup, three to four juniors and one or two seniors.” Junior Tyler Long isn’t a senior, but as a three-year varsity player is as good as one. He will play shortstop and hit leadoff for the Bulldogs. Brandt will bat second followed by sophomore right fielder Dominic Bethancourt, Jordan and juniors Matt Maasberg (first base) and Ethan Robertson (left field). Sophomores Tanner Seibal (third base) and Anthony Polo-Casa (catcher) round out the lineup. Sophomore Alex Perez is the No. 2 starter behind Rogers. Brewer said several other players will see time on the mound, including Robertson and junior Tommy Dougherty among others. Juniors Travis Long and Mark Beck round out the 15-man roster. The Bulldogs opened the season with a win over Cosumnes Oaks on Feb. 27 before losing to Del Oro on Friday. Brewer said despite the team’s youth, the sophomores are wise beyond their years and the team as a whole is a competitive bunch of guys. “Our goal will always be to be competitive and try to win the section championship,” Brewer said. “I really like these guys. They’re a good group and have already shown good team chemistry. Pitching and defense come first with us and our offense will happen, but we not going to be able to rely on it. Jordan, Bethancourt, Robertson and Moore have good power, but we’re going to have to manufacture runs and go gap-to-gap. This group has shown the ability to put the ball in play.” Folsom at Vista What: Crosstown baseball games When: JV, Freshman at 11 a.m., varsity at 2 p.m. on Saturday Where: Vista del Lago High School