High School Baseball

Folsom rallies to top Rocklin behind complete game from Armstrong

Bulldogs need win Wednesday and Woodcreek loss to make playoffs

By: Matt Long

The biggest game of Folsom High’s baseball season will be the regular season finale.

The Bulldogs need a win Wednesday against Rocklin and then need Granite Bay to beat Woodcreek. If those two things happen, the Bulldogs will qualify for the playoffs.

After both teams lost their respective games on Monday, they returned Tuesday to pick up wins, as Folsom came from behind to beat Rocklin, 9-4, while Woodcreek upset Granite Bay, 10-7 after trailing 4-0.

Folsom scored two runs in the bottom of the first Tuesday, the first coming when Trevor Darrow doubled off the bag at third base to knock in Matt Langbehn, who led off the inning with a walk. After Chris Wiese singled, Trey Furrey hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Darrow.

Rocklin had five of their eight hits off Vance Armstrong in the top of the third inning, scoring four times to take a two-run lead.

Folsom got one run back in the fifth when Chris Piazzoni was hit by a pinch, was bunted to second by Mark Langbehn, and then knocked in on a single by Matt Langbehn.

The Bulldogs kept things going in the bottom of the sixth, scoring six runs to break the game open. Andrew Buglino had the big hit, a bases-clearing triple, as the ball that should have been a single took an unexpected bounce over the left fielder’s glove and rolled away.

Buglino’s hit put Folsom up 6-4. Piazzoni followed with an RBI double. A few batters later, Darrow was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to push across another run before Folsom’s final run came in on a wild pitch.

“We’ve worked hard to get guys to compete no matter what the score and they just kept competing today,” Folsom coach Aaron Agnew said. “Today’s game was all about Vance; he pitched great.”

Armstrong only had one bad inning, finishing with five strikeouts, while scattering eight hits.

“I was feeling really good,” Armstrong said. “All my pitches were working; my four-seam fastball was amazing. Other than the third inning when I got a couple pitches up, it was one of my better outings.”

The Bulldogs hope for good things on Wednesday.

“We’ve got a good shot with Mark (Langbehn) throwing, and hopefully Granite Bay takes care of business,” Agnew said.