Schab's walk off hit squanders Folsom’s rally

By: Jeremy McDonald for the Telegraph
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Under a heavy drizzle at Thunder Field Friday afternoon, Rocklin’s Randy Schab proved to be the difference maker with Folsom in the bottom of the eighth inning.

In the bottom of the eighth inning with Gage Sorenson on base, Schab sent a line drive to center field to bring in Sorenson and a 5-4 win home for the Thunder.

“I was thinking, “we won the game, and had a second walk off of the week,” said Schab on the hit. “We had to fight. We had to find a way to win and we did. We came together as a group and we won the game.”

For the young Bulldog team, they were faced with yet another walk off loss at the hands of Rocklin.

“I’m proud of these guys,” said Folsom head coach Aaron Agnew. “They competed and executed very well. In the end, they beat us with a walk off and you just have to tip your hat to Rocklin.”

The Thunder jumped out to a 2-0 lead off a Dylan Smethurst double in the first inning.

But the young Bulldog team slowly chipped away at the Thunder’s lead with runs coming from the bats of Weston Dewitt and twice from Connor Clancy.

Starter Fred May and reliever Tanner Clark silenced the Thunder bats, as Folsom led 3-2 after five and a half innings.

As the clouds rolled in, so did the Thunder.

They matched the score at three with a Gage Sorenson single and followed Folsom’s Taylor Koontz’ single in the top of the seventh with a Kyle Schafer single in the bottom seventh to send it to extras.

“Our boys have changed what they’re doing. They’re playing the game and playing the game hard,” said Rocklin head coach Roc Murray. “They don’t give up on each other and they have each other’s backs and I didn’t think we did so a few weeks ago.”

After a quick one, two, three inning in the top of the eighth;  Sorenson got a single, Mike Shoenberger bumped him over with a sacrifice hit to set up Schab’s one-out game winning hit to give Rocklin their seventh win in the Sierra Foothill League.

“Randy needed that,” said Murray on Schab’s hit. “He’s a good defensive player, but he’s turned himself into a good hitter. I got here at one o’clock today. I heard someone hacking out at the cage and it was him and that’s what happens, you out-work everyone and do your job and good things happen.”