No. 15 Oak Ridge, a team that has struggled in recent weeks, got a huge boost today as Austin Ales tossed a two-hitter in the Trojans' 6-0 Delta River League baseball win over top-ranked Pleasant Grove in El Dorado Hills.
It was Pleasant Grove's first loss of the season in 12 games. The defeat dropped the Eagles into a league tie for first with No. 7 Jesuit, a 7-5 winner today over Ponderosa. Both are 4-1.
Ales had a no-hitter until the last inning. He struck out six, hit one batter and allowed no walks.
Lance Berringer had a double and triple and Zach Mahon two hits, including a triple for the Trojans (6-6, 3-2). Oak Ridge scored five times in the fourth inning to break open what was a scoreless game to that point.
Oak Ridge had lost 14-3 to Jesuit on Thursday, then fell 8-4 to No. 3 Elk Grove in the Albie Swingin' for Life breast cancer awareness showcase on Saturday at Sacramento City College.
"We've been struggling," said Oak Ridge coach Todd Melton. "It was nice to play up to our potential. They're starting to figure things out. Maybe now we can string something together."
Melton said Oak Ridge's move from the Sierra Valley Conference to the Delta River League this season has been an eye opener for his players.
"We told them that we'd be facing a different level," Melton said. "The play is a little bit faster and the teams a little deeper and a little bit better."
- Bill Paterson