Walk-off grand slam sinks OakmontBy: Trevor Horn/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
CARMICHAEL — A 10-strikeout performance by Del Campo High School ace Sam Long and a walk-off grand slam by Mike Hatfield in the fifth inning fueled an 11-1 Capital Valley Conference win for the Cougars over Oakmont on Friday.
Oakmont (11-7 overall, 5-3 CVC) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Mason Allen. The hit scored Rex Campbell and was the first earned run given up by Long this season.
Del Campo head coach Paul Martinez calls Long “their guy.” Martinez coached Long the previous two seasons at Rosemont before both moved to Del Campo in the offseason. Long sat out the mandated 30 days for student-athletes transferring from their established school.
Long struck out eight of the first 11 batters he faced, including the first six outs. The Vikings managed just three hits in five innings.
Oakmont senior right-hander Matt David was dominant for three innings, but
Del Campo (15-5, 8-0) scored six runs in the fourth, including a two-run homer by Tim Hall that came about because of an error on a ground ball on the previous batter. Oakmont committed four errors.
“(Del Campo) is a good hitting team. So when you make a mistake here and there, they’re going to take advantage,” Oakmont coach Matt Parr said.
Garrett Welch relieved David in the bottom of the fifth. After giving up a leadoff single and hitting the next two batters, Hatfield’s grand slam cleared the fence, the bases and ended the game with no outs.
Hatfield said it was his first walk-off and “didn’t realize until one of my teammates told me that it was walk-off.”
Oakmont fell to third place in the CVC behind Del Campo and Bella Vista.
“Where we are sitting right now, we are still playing great baseball,” Parr said.
Oakmont is host to Del Campo on Tuesday and then faces Bella Vista twice.