Oakmont finds its swing on way to third place in Montes/SureWest tourney
One hiccup aside, Oakmont High School’s productive run through the Gina Montes/SureWest Easter Invitational baseball tournament made coach Dean Perkins happy. Well …
“Happier,” he said following the Vikings’ 8-4 victory over Sheldon in the third-place game Wednesday at Raley Field. “I’m happier that different guys were successful.”
Dalton DeVries, Tommy Wieser, Cody Baron and Austin Call rediscovered their hitting strokes over the course of Oakmont’s 3-1 week, the blemish a 10-3 loss to Oak Ridge in the semifinals Tuesday.
Wieser tagged a two-run double to left-center field in Oakmont’s five-run first inning. DeVries had a run-scoring double, Logan Coggeshall a moon-shot RBI double that was misjudged by Sheldon’s left and center fielders in the big park, and Call hammered another RBI double to the wall in the fifth.
Meanwhile, A.J. Hall pitched five scoreless innings in relief in what Perkins said was a “phenomenal” job. Hall’s previous outing, a short stint against Oak Ridge on Tuesday, didn’t produce the results a pitcher seeks.
Wednesday was a new day. Hall labored with control, walking six, but he didn’t allow a hit and struck out six.
“He took command right off but also hit his spots,” Perkins said.
Woodcreek 7, Vista del Lago 5 — Austin Hagarty, Stephen Nogosek and Shaun Mize each had two hits to support pitcher Austin Blatnick, who allowed two earned runs in five innings.
Hagarty and Nogosek drove in two runs each, and Mize had a double and scored three runs as the Timberwolves (10-1) finished the tournament with a win.
Nogosek pitched a three-hitter and struck out 11 in a 5-1 win over Lincoln on Tuesday. He walked six and hit one. Woodcreek stole seven bases, and Hagarty had two hits and two RBI.
Valley Christian 8, Union Mine 3 — The Lions (3-6) scored five runs in the sixth to pull away from a 3-3 tie in their final tournament game.
Bronson Buljan and Quentin Moore each had two hits and two RBI, and Levi Hagerty and Quentin Moore had two hits apiece.
Roseville (3-7) defeated Casa Roble 10-4 in its final tournament game.