Oakmont puts exclamation point on baseball tourney title

By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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The Oakmont High baseball team put a loud punctuation mark on a 4-0 week as it wrapped up the championship of the Granite Bay Spring Break tournament with an 18-2 rout of Woodland at Woodcreek High. “Everyone with an at-bat had a hit,” said Oakmont coach Dean Perkins. Woodland led early, after hanging two on the Vikings in the first frame, but it was all Oakmont after that, as the Vikings got the bats rolling in the second inning and never looked back. Catcher Nick Hoffman opened the inning with a double, and then shortstop Kory Groves tied the game with a two-run rocket. Before the inning was over, and after two were out, Jordan White banged an 0-2 pitch for a single, the scored on a Randy Purdy triple. Braden Avery plated Purdy with a base hit and Oakmont held a 4-2 lead. That advantage was all starter Brandon Vargas would need as the right-hander kept the Wolves off balance all night long. Oakmont took an 11-2 lead into the sixth, and then tacked on seven more runs before a scoreless home half of the inning by Woodland ended the contest at that point according to the 10-run mercy rule. Purdy (4-for-4, triple, 2 RBIs) and Groves (4-for-5, HR, 3 RBIs) each had four hits to lead the Oakmont offensive explosion. Hoffman, Tyler Kuresa (3 doubles, 6 RBIs) and Ethan Atkins each banged out three hits. The Vikings (9-7) will now enjoy the rest of spring break before returning to league action in the strong Sierra Foothill League next week. Oakmont visits Roseville on Wednesday.