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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Eagles claim second baseball crown

The 2018 high school baseball season started with great expectations.  The Oran Eagles came into the year ranked number one in the preseason coaches' poll.  The team returned six seniors, several whom had started since their freshman year.  Add to that, the team that had ended their season the previous three years had graduated its core players.

However, with a pair of losses during the opener, albeit against class three schools on March 17.  Then on April 17, the Eagles had perhaps its most embarrassing performance in several years, with an 11-1 drubbing at the hands of the Saxony Lutheran Crusaders.  The Eagles were 6-5 yet somehow were still ranked #1 in the polls.

There were some highlights during the first month of the season.  Probably the most notable occurred on April 6th, on a cold and windy night in Scott City.  Oran was the home team on the scoreboard because the game had been scheduled to be played in Oran.  The Eagles were trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the 7th.  It was 4-3 when, sophomore Kole Simms, who had gotten his first start that evening as designated hitter and the bases were loaded and one out.  Simms drilled a 2-2 pitch into right field past a diving first baseman to drive in two and give Oran the walk-off over the conference rival Rams.

As the year continued, the Eagles were Jekyll and Hyde at times.

Head coach Joey Bickngs said this of the turnaround after the first month of the season, "If you would of asked me if we could have won the State Championship around the middle of April I would have told you that you were crazy.  We weren't playing good defense or hitting the ball very well. Out pitching was good at times but not what I would call a champion team pitching staff.  I remember looking at our stats in mid-April and thinking there is no way a team that is batting .289 at this point in the season would be able to compete for a state championship.  Did we have the talent?  Yes, we did, but not if they didn't believe in themselves.  Something finally clicked with them and we were able to raise our team batting average from .289 to .343.  We had several kids raise their batting average by a significant amount.  Two of the kids that come to mind are Cole Priggel and Drew Reischman.  Cole was batting .262 after we played in the ND Showcase and was able to raise his average to .429.  In those 13 games, he had 7 multi-hit games and 16 RBI's with 12 runs scored.  Drew was able to raise his average from .324 to .523 and in those games, he had 10 multi-hit games with 6 of them as 3 or more hits.  He also had 25 RBI's (Only one game he didn't have an RBI in 13 games) and 19 runs scored.  I can't leave out Denver Elfrink as he was also a different person in the playoffs.  He batted .350 with 8 RBI's and 7 Runs with 7 hits and all of them coming as extra-base hits.  None of them were bigger than the 3 run walk-off home-run he hit against Cooter in the Sectional game.

"Now to our pitching."Bickings continued. " I also felt like our pitching really improved during the same stretch our hitting improved.  Layne Johnson threw the best I have ever seen a kid throw during that stretch.  He won 6 of his 9 games after April 21st.  He had 63 k's in 36.1 innings with only 5 walks and only gave up 1 ER in the 7 games he pitched in.  Drew Reischman also got healthy after dealing with a forearm strain.  He started the year 0-3 and was able to win his last 4 games he started.  In those 4 games, he only gave up 3 ER and had 26 k's in 24.2 innings including a no-hitter in the state quarterfinals against Eminence.  Then you can't forget our pitching in the postseason.  We only gave up 3 ER in 6 games (.525 ERA) with a .725 WHIP & 57 k's in 40 IP."

Seniors Johnson, Reischman, Clay Sauceda and Priggel were named first-team All-State  Johnson as a pitcher, Reischman as an infielder Sauceda as a catcher  Priggel go on as an outfielder. The first three were also first-team all-conference Priggel was honorable mention.

Bickings also mentioned, "It is amazing what can happen to a group of talented young men when they start to believe in themselves."  What can happen is winning the school's second baseball state title in five years and second team crown in as many years after claiming the class 2 basketball crown in 2017.  in the process they ended the season of the three-time defending state champion, Bell City Cubs.

The Eagles graduate six Johnson, Reischman, Sauceda, Priggel, Elfrink and Peyton McVay.

Johnson had a career record of 31-12, 41 starts, seven shutouts, five saves in six opportunities. opponents batted only .205. His ERA was 2.33 and( 1.11 during his senior campaign.)

He batted .309 in 298 career at bats and 121 games. He had 21 doubles and  49 runs driven in.

Reischman was 17-7, on the mound, during his four years. his ERA was 2.29. He had six saves in as many chances.  Opponents hit .206.

He had a .489 career batting average,   He had 15 home runs and 171 RBI. He struck out only 23 times in 411 career at bats.

He will continue his baseball career at metropolitan community college in Kansas City.

Sauceda finished 6-1 as a pitcher, with a 1.62 earned run average.  He posted four saves in four chances.  He allowed opponents to bat .188.

The catcher batted, .388 with 12 homers and 140 rbi.

Priggel was 3-0 and allowed a .163 batting average.

He hit  .377 with four home runs and 73 rbi.  He also had 45 career stolen bases.

Elfrink was 1-0 allowing opponents to hit .125. He was a career.303 hitter with our home runs and 44 RBI.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Softball awards

Oran Eagle sophomore softballer Kaylee Payne was recently named to the All-State team as an infielder. Payne was the only 10th grader to earn first-team honors as voted on by the state Coaches' association.

Payne batted .477, hit four triples, knocked in 21 runs and stole 17 bases for the 13-5 Lady Eagles who had its season end in the district tournament to the eventual state-runner ups, the Park Hill Central Lady Rebels.

Other postseason honors,  were received at the Region level.  Payne was a recipient of an All-Region award as an infielder, as was junior, Claire Ramsey as a catcher.

Ramsey batted .491 had a homer and 21 RBI.  She also threw out four base runners attempting to steal.

Also named to the first team for her play in the outfield was junior Katelyn Streeter

Streeter hit at a .327 clip and drove in 21.

Freshman, Alyssa Spane, was named to the second team All-Region as a pitcher.

Spane went 9-2 with a 3.78 ERA she tossed 63 of the 110 total innings during the season.

Payne, Spane, Streeter and Ramsey were all named the first team All-District

Honored on the second team, were junior Jessie Long as a utility player and junior infielder Leah Cauble, senior outfielder Sydney Kern as well as junior infielder Samantha Welter.  Long batted .293 with a home run and 18 RBI.  Cauble led the team with a .537 batting average. hit two home runs and 16 runs driven in.  Kern hit .346 with 5 RBI and 15 stolen bases.  Welter batted .239 with 14 runs driven in.

All-Conference first-team honorees include Cauble, Payne, Spane, Streeter and Ramsey

Second-team/Honorable mention includes:  Kern, Long, and Welter

Monday, June 4, 2018

That's a winner!

On Thursday, the Oran High School baseball team took to the field for the final time in the 2017-2018 season.  The Eagles, 17-9, were facing the 16-5 St. Elizabeth Hornets for Class 1 state championship in O'Fallon on Car Shield field.  For the third straight game, Oran lost the toss and was the visiting team on the scoreboard.  It gave the Eagles a chance to score first and that they did.

Layne Johnson opened the game with a single.  Todd Priggel followed by beating out a sacrifice bunt attempt.  Drew Reischman moved them to second and third with a groundout.  Clay Sauceda made it 1-0 with a sacrifice fly

The Eagles added two more in the third with four consecutive singles.  Johnson led off with his second hit of the day.  Priggel reached on another bunt single.  Johnson scored on Reischman's single.  Clay Sauceda drove home Priggel with a single, moving Reischman to third.  Dane Shands ran for Sauceda.  Cole Priggel tried the squeeze bunt, but Reischman was ruled out on a questionable call.  Oran would score no more in the third, they led 3-0.

The Hornets would score their only run in the fifth.  A one-out single, a groundout and a stolen base followed by another single made it 3-1.

The Eagles got that run back in the sixth. 

With two down, Denver Elfrink reached on an infield error, went to third on Johnson's single and scored on a balk to set the final score at 4-1.

Reischman, the Eagle starter, worked around a leadoff double in the seventh, he got two ground balls to Cole Priggel at third before Elfrink caught a line drive in left to set the stage for the dogpile on the mound.

Reischman went the distance.  He improved to 4-3. He allowed seven hits and the one earned run.  He did not walk anyone. and he struck out six. He was 2-3 at the plate with an RBI.  Sauceda was 2-2 with two runs driven in.  Johnson was 3-4 and scored twice. Todd Priggel had two hits.

For the Eagles, it was their second state title in baseball.  For several of the players, it will be their second ring.  After winning the 2017 Class 2 basketball title, Layne Johnson, Drew Reischman, Denver Elfrink, Peyton McVay, Cole and Todd Priggel will have twice the bling.

One down, one to go

On Wednesday, the Oran High School baseball team bussed to O'Fallon to participate in the state Final Four. The Eagles were making their first baseball final four trip since the championship season of 2013.  Oran would face the Green City Gophers, who were in the final four for the first time ever.

Oran entered the game with a 16-9 record and ranked 3rd in the last coaches' poll.  The Gophers were 14-2 and ranked 6th.

The Eagles would score first with a lone tally in the second inning on their way to a 7-1 victory.

Cole Priggel led off the frame with a single, an errant pickoff attempt allowed him to scamper to third.  "K"ole Simms drove him home with a sacrifice fly to center.

In the third, Todd Priggel drew a two-out walk followed by an RBI double by Drew Reischman.  2-nothing Oran.

The Eagles added another in the fifth,   Denver Elfrink tripled with one down and scored on Todd Priggel's sac fly.

Meanwhile, on the mound, Layne Johnson was mowing them down.  He allowed only two singles and a walk through the first five while striking out eight.

Cole Priggel walked with one out in the sixth, moved to second on Simms' sacrifice bunt and came all the way home on Jacob Shoemaker's infield single to make the score 4-0.

Oran would all but put it on ice with three more in the seventh.  Elfrink doubled to leadoff and went to third on Johnson's single and scored on a wild pitch.  Johnson wound up at third after another wild pitch.  Johnson crossed on Todd Priggel's RBI groundout.  Reischman singled and scored on Cole Priggel's two-out double.

Green City got their only tally, an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh.  A misplayed one-out single put a runner on at second.  Then, with two-down,  a wild pitch third-strike combined with a throwing error allowed the runner to score.  But another strikeout ended the frame and the game and the Eagles were heading into the next day's championship.

Johnson improved to 9-3 as he went the distance allowing only the one unearned run on three hits, all singles.  He walked on and struck out 11.

Reischman was 3-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.  Cole Priggel was 3-3 with a double and two runs driven in.  He walked in his other plate appearance.  Todd Priggel drove in two.  Elfrink was 2-3 with a double and a triple, he scored twice.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

What's happenin' (5/21-5/25

Baseball takes center stage this week.  The team will be participating in the final four.

On Tuesday there will be a fundraiser:

The 19-6 Eagles will face the 14-2 Green City Gophers on Wednesday at 4 pm at Carshiel Field in O'fallon.

If they win they will play for a championship on Thursday at 1;30.  Should they lose they would play for third at 11:30am.

Final four bound

On Wednesday, the Oran High School baseball team made the two-plus hour bus ride to Eminence to take on the Redwings in a state quarterfinal matchup.  The two teams had met in the fall,  in the finals of the inaugural Bank of Grandin classic.  Oran had won that game 14-3 in five innings in a game played in Van Buren.

Once again the Eagles jumped out early and never looked back as they cruised to a 16-0 win in six innings,  punching their tickets to their first final four since the championship season of 2013.

Oran, the visiting team on the scoreboard scored three in the first.  The first two Eagles went down looking before Drew Reischman singled.  Clay Sauceda then hit a ground rule double, putting runners at second and third.  Cole Priggel would drive both home with a triple.  Kole Simms' single would send the third run in.

In the second, Denver Elfrink would reach second leading off after an outfield error.  He went to third on Layne Johnson's sac bunt and came on home on Todd Priggel's sacrifice fly.

The Eagles would make it 6-0 after three.  Cole Priggel doubled to open the inning and then with two-down, Ty Johnson was hit by a pitch (the first of three in the game).  Denver Elfrink drove both home with a double.

Meanwhile, on the mound, Drew Reischman had not allowed a baserunner.

Oran added one more in the fifth.  Jacob Shoemaker reached on a bunt single with one out and went to second on Johnson's second time being struck by the ball and scored on Elfrink's second double of the game.

The Eagles put up nine in the sixth.  The inning was highlighted by Elfrink's second home run in as many games and Clay Sauceda's third home run of the season.

Elfrink ended up three for four, on a home run and two doubles, with five runs driven in.  Cole Priggel was four of five with 4 RBI.  Sauceda was three for five with a homer and three RBI.  Reischman finished four for four and drove in one.

On the mound, Reischman threw a  no-hitter.  He tossed all innings,  he walked one and struck out seven and improving his record to 3-3 and the Eagle's to 16-9.

Oran will face Green City on Wednesday at 4 pm in Ofallon in a state semifinal matchup.

Walk-off winner

Last Tuesday, the Oran High School baseball team hosted the Cooter Wildcats in a sectional contest.

The last time the two squads had met during the postseason was 2014. It was also in the sectional game.  Cooter had won that one 9-0.

This game was a pitcher's duel.  The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.  In fact, the Eagles had only managed three hits.  A one-out double by Clay Sauceda in the fourth, a leadoff bunt single by Jacob Shoemaker in the fifth and a two-out sixth inning single by Drew Reischman.  Oran had not had a runner reach third base, thus far.

In the seventh, Cole Priggel worked a walk to start the frame. He went to second on Kole Simms' sacrifice bunt.  Cooter elected to walk Shoemaker intentionally to set up the double play.  Then, with two down and a one-one count, Denver Elfrink drilled a pitch over the left field fence to propel the Eagles into the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs.

Layne Johnson threw the complete game shutout, allowing only three hits.  He walked three (two intentionally) while striking out nine.  He improved his mark to 8-3.  Oran improved to 15-9.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

What's happenin' (5/21-5/25)

The baseball postseason continues this week. On Monday, the 14-9 Eagles are scheduled to host the 16-9 Cooter Wildcats, weather permitting, game time is 4 pm.

The Eagles and 'Cats have met six times in the sectional round since the spring of 2003.  Oran is 5-1 in those matchups.  The only loss was in the most recent meeting in 2014,  Cooter won 9-0.

The winner will advance to the quarterfinal round which would be played on Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

District Champs!

The Oran High School baseball team did something yesterday that they hadn't done in four years.  That was, win a district championship.  The Eagles defeated the Bell City Cubs 8-1 in a game played in Oran.  The Cubs had beaten the Eagles the last three years to take the crown on the way to their three-straight class one state titles.

Yesterday, Layne Johnson tossed six innings, allowing only two hits and one run.  He walked three and struck out 15 to pick up the win and improve his personal mark to 7-3.  Clay Sauceda threw the final inning he struck out two and hit a batter.

Johnson got all the offense he would need in the first inning as he was hit by a pitch, moved to second after Todd Priggel walked.  Johnson scored on Drew Reischman's double.  Priggel stopped at third.  They would both cross the plate on Cole Priggel's one-out single.  He advanced to third on an errant pick-off attempt.  Kole Simms would then pick up an RBI with a sacrifice fly.

Oran led 4-0 after one.

Layne Johnson pitches to a
Bell City batter in the 1st inning
of the C1D2 championship game
After two innings pitched, Johnson had allowed only a walk, while striking out five.

The Eagles picked up three more in the second.

Ty Johnson led off with a double, Layne Johnson walked with one down.  Both advanced on Todd Priggel's infield groundout.  Both would then scored on Reischman's two-out single.  Reischman would come home on Clay Sauceda's double.

Bell City picked up their only run in the fourth on a solo home run.

Oran got that run back in the bottom half of the frame on Layne Johnson's one-out single.  He would make it the rest of the way on Reischman's second double of the day.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "I don’t feel like we could have started the game yesterday any better than we did.  We got a quick 1-2-3 inning out of Layne in the top of the 1st and then we got the first two guys on base for Drew and he was able to deliver with an RBI double.  Cole then got those two runs in on a sharp hit ball over the 2nd baseman’s head and was able to advance to 2nd on the throw and then later to 3rd on an error trying to pick him off.  Kole Simms then does a great job in getting a fly ball to the outfield to score Cole on a sac fly.  Got another quick inning out of Layne and were able to put up 3 more runs in the 2nd to make the score 7-0.  I thought Layne did a heck of a job on the mound,  six innings pitched and having 15 strikeouts was no easy task in that heat.  He hit spots and was able to located his curve and change-up.  Clay also did well in his inning pitched."

Reischman was 3 for 3, he drove in four and scored twice.  Cole  Priggel had two RBI.  Ty Johnson had a pair of hits in three at bats.  Layne Johnson scored three times.

Bickings added, "It feels nice to get a district championship for these seniors.  They have finished in 2nd place in this district the last three years to Bell City and they have worked their tails off and have done everything I have asked of them not just this year but the 3 years prior."

The Eagles improved to 14-8 and will host the winner of Class one District one on Monday at time yet to be determined.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

What's happenin' (5/14-5/18)

The athletic schedule is slim this coming week, the last week of school.  But included in it is the biggest baseball game of the year, thus far.

On Monday, the top-seed 13-8 Eagles will face the number-three seed, Bell City Cubs (9-10) for the Class 1 District 2 championship at 4pm in Oran.  These two squads have met each of the last three years in the championship game on the way to the Cubs claiming state titles in each of those seasons.

Should the Eagles win, they would advance to the state sectional game at a site and against an opponent yet to be determined on the following Monday, May 21.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

What's happenin' (5/7-5/12)

Only two sports remain for this school year. 

Baseball (10-8) ends the regular season and will start district tournament action.  Track and field will have several athletes competing in the sectional meet.

On Monday, the Eagles take the field against the 7-9 Bell City Cubs in the final regular season contest of the year.

Oran hosts the district baseball tournament this year.  Action begins on Friday.  The top-seeded Eagles will face the winner of Zalma (7-5) and Richland (3-10) on Saturday at 1 pm.

The track and field sectional meet is an all-day event that will be held at Oakville High School.

According to the information that we have, the following Eagles that will be participating are:

Savannah Below; High jump
Kaiden Massey, Tyson Goodale, Waylon Shaffer & Bradley Brooks; Boys 4x100
Morgan Kern, Macey Senciboy, Leah Urhahn & Jada Tyler; Girls 4x100
Tyson Goodale; High jump

Sunday, April 29, 2018

What's happenin' (4/30-5/5)

Spring seasons are nearing their ends.  Softball and track will begin the postseason this week.  Baseball is still a couple weeks away.

On Monday, the 14-4 Lady Eagles softball team will face Park Hills Central (17-3) in the district tournament at 2:30 at Oran. There is an MSHSAA mandated $5 admission charge.  Oran is the 3 seed while Park Hills is seeded 2nd.  The Eagles have lost to the Trojans twice this year. 

The Lady Eagles have defeated the number one seeds in District 1 (Portageville), District 2 (Kennett), District 3 (Malden) and District 5 (Clearwater).  But Oran could only manage the three seed in their loaded District 4.

Should the Eagles pull off the upset they would advance to the championship game on Tuesday at 4 pm. 

Also on Monday, track and field will have its conference meet at Chaffee beginning at 4 pm.

Baseball (9-7), will take on the 7-9 Kelly Hawks in a conference matchup in a game that will be played at Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau.  First pitch is scheduled for 4:30.  As of now, a junior varsity game is scheduled to follow.

Wednesday will have baseball traveling to Sikeston to take on the 10-9-1 Bulldogs.  It will start at 4:30.

Track and field will compete in their district meet at New Haven High School.  Typically it begins at 10:30 am.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

2 freshmen shut out Wildcats

The Oran High School baseball team got solid pitching from two ninth-graders yesterday in its 11-0 nothing five-inning victory over the visiting Leopold Wildcats.

Ty Johnson got the start and picked up the win.  He went 3 and two-thirds.  He allowed two hits, he walked two and struck out two.  He also hit a couple as he improved to 2-0.  Kaden Hargrove went the final inning and a third.  He did not allow a hit or a walk and struck out three.

The Eagles plated five in the first and second innings.  Then they tacked on one more in the third.

Johnson also led the way at the plate. He was 2-3 with a pair of doubles and four RBI.  Jacob Shoemaker and Drew Reischman each added two runs driven in.  Clay Sauceda had the only other extra-base hit, a double.  Cole and Todd Priggel both had a pair of hits for the Eagles who improved to 8-7.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "It was nice to see us jump on Leopold early by scoring five runs each in the first two innings.  They made a few mistakes in the field and we did a very nice job of capitalizing on those mistakes.  I thought we hit some balls hard at times and a few of those were hard balls on the ground that got through even with the wet field and higher grass because we couldn’t get the infield mowed because of the rain.  I thought Ty threw well and he has looked better his last few times out.  You gave up 2 hits in the first inning and that was all they got the rest of the game.  Kaden came in and threw strikes and was able to shut the door on them.  It was a good outing for us and I hope we can keep things rolling."

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Baseball swept at showcase

The Oran High School baseball team dropped a pair of one-run decisions during Saturday's 7th annual Notre Dame High School baseball showcase.

The Eagles lost 5-4 to Jackson and 3-2 to Notre Dame.

In game one, Oran got a leadoff walk by Layne Johnson,  Drew Reischman would single him to third and he advanced to second on the throw with one out, but they could not score.

That would be a reoccurring theme throughout the game.

Jackson would score a run in the bottom half.  A two-out walk, would steal second and third and score on a passed ball.

The Eagles stranded two more in the third and another two in the fourth.

The Indians would plate three more in the fourth.  They used a triple and a sacrifice fly.  Then a two-out single was followed by an error and a double and Jackson led 4-0.

In the fifth Jackson scored again.  A leadoff triple came home on a one-out single, to make it 5-0.

The Eagles refused to give up, however, with two down in the seventh.  Johnson reached on an infield error.  Todd Priggel singled and Reischman walked to load the bases.  Clay Sauceda then drilled a 3-1 pitch over the left-center field fence to make it 5-4, but that's where the rally ended

Priggel(2-2) went five innings on the mound to take the loss.  He allowed six hits. five runs, three earned.  He walked two and struck out five.  Ty Johnson threw an inning and walked two.

At Notre Dame, the Eagles scored first.

They plated two in the second.

Oran used a pair of leadoff walks.  Cole Priggel walked stole second and went to third on an errant pickoff attempt.  He came home on a passed ball.  Denver Elfrink also walked and scored on a Jacob Shoemaker squeeze bunt.

Notre Dame got one back in the bottom of the third on back to back one-out walks a single and a sacrifice fly.

That's the way it stayed until two out in the bottom of the sixth.

Notre Dame had an infield single, a triple and another infield single, to score two and take a 3-2 lead.

Oran had two base runners on with one out in the seventh but hit into a game-ending double play.

Layne Johnson (3-3) went the distance.  He gave up four hits, three runs, all earned.  He walked three and struck out seven.

The Eagles only managed three hits, all singles, one by Layne Johnson and two by Reischman.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "We had two tough opponents that are usually at the top of the SEMO Conference that we were able to compete with and had a chance to win both of them.  I thought our pitching was extremely good this weekend.  Both Todd & Layne threw well.  I felt like this was the best Todd has pitched this year and I hope he continues to improve.  He got a little tired late but that was the first time we’ve pushed him this year and he was able to compete.  Layne also did a really good job.  He had all three pitches working and was able to keep the hitters off balance.  He did have one inning where he lost focus a little and walked the 8 & 9 hitters but was able to limit the damage and hold them to only scoring one run. We had our opportunities to win or keep the game close but our defense let us down in a few spots and we didn’t capitalize on the getting runners in to score when we had the opportunity.  We can’t continue to strike out as much as we have been and expect to win close games.  I do feel like we looked a little better at the plate this weekend other than a few at bats but that’s baseball and sometimes you have to tip your cap to their pitcher and move on to the next at-bat.  The message after the game was to keep their heads up because both of the teams always are competing to win the SEMO Conference and they have more kids in one class than we have in our whole school.  Playing those two teams made us better no matter the outcome and we will learn from it and move on."    

Oran fell to 7-7 with the losses.

They are scheduled to host Leopold tomorrow at 4:30.

Softball second at Ste Gen

The Oran High School softball team completed Gold Bracket play on Saturday at Sainte Genevieve with a 1-1 record to claim second place in the inaugural Old Settlement tourney.

The Eagles defeated Malden 11-5 in game one before falling 14-0 to Park Hills Central in the title game.

In the opener, Oran jumped out with two quick runs in the first.

Kaylee Payne singled with one down and scored when Leah Cauble doubled.  Cauble moved to third on Claire Ramsey's single.  Cauble crossed the plate on Jessie Long's infield groundout.

Malden got on the board in the bottom of the first with a one-out solo home run.

Oran got that back plus some in the second.

Katelyn Streeter started things with a walk.  She went to third when Taylor Lowes' sac bunt was turned into a two-base error.  With one out, Sydney Kern walked to load the bases.  A Payne single pushed Streeter and Lowes across.  Kern would stop at second, but she would score on Cauble's single. It was 5-1 Oran after two.

That's the way it stood until forth when the Eagles would score three more, to all but put the game out of reach.

Pinch-hitter Baylee Kern tripled to open the frame.  Two infield errors and a one-out two-RBI single by Ramsey made the score 8-1.

Oran added two more in the fifth.

Samantha Welter and Streeter both walked to start the inning.  Lowes put down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners.  Welter scored on Maddie Graviett's groundout and Streeter came home on Sydney Kern's two-out double.

In the bottom of the fifth, the GeenWave would use a double, three singles, an error and a groundout to plate four.

The Eagles added one more in the seventh.

Sydney Kern walked with two down, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Payne's single.

Alyssa Spane went the distance in the circle, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits.  She walked three and struck out three.  She improved her personal mark to 7-0.

Coach Jim Eftink said, "Saturday’s game against Malden was really well played. We made several standout defensive plays and we hit the ball up and down the lineup. We also had a couple of very good bunts in the game.  It was good to beat another team that will be one of the favorites in their district."

Oran entered the championship game with an 11-1 record.  The only blemish came against the Park Hills Central team they were about to face.

The Eagles gave up three in the first and three in the third before the Rebels blew it open with 8 in the seventh.

Oran only managed five hits in the game.  A pair of singles each by Leah Cauble and one each by Sydney Kern and Katelyn Streeter.  Kaylee Payne added a double.

Claire Ramsey (0-1) went the distance in the circle to sustain the loss.  She gave up 14 runs, 10 earned, on 11 hits.  She walked five and struck out none.

Coach Eftink said, "As for the Park Hills game, we held them close for 5 innings. But the wheels kinda fell off late in the game. I want to thank Claire for once again taking the mound in that game. Park Hills is a very good team and she held them in check for most of the game.  Claire’s pitching kept us within striking distance.  Once again we couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it.  Sometimes that happens."

Oran fell to 11-2 with the loss.  After today's rainout. the next scheduled game is on Thursday, at home against Portageville, starting at 4:30.

No box score is currently available for the PHC game.  It will be added when available.

Softball sweeps through pool play

Last Friday, the Oran High School softball team participated in the Inaugural Old Settlement softball tournament, hosted by Sainte Genevieve,  Valle Catholic and Park Hill Central High Schools.

In game one, the Lady Eagles faced off against the Ste. Gen Dragons, a team they had defeated about three weeks earlier 23-11.  Oran had scored 13 unearned runs in the seventh and held on to pick up the come from behind victory on a cold drizzly evening.

This time the conditions were much better, albeit, still chilly and the score reflected the better playing conditions.  Once again, Oran came back to win.  This time 6-5.

In fact, the game was scoreless heading into the top of the third inning,  Kaylee Payne singled with two down.  She stole second and scored on Leah Cauble's double.  Cauble would score on an error on a ball hit by Claire Ramsey.

The Dragons would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth.  Starter Alyssa Spane had retired nine of the ten batters she had faced so far, the only one reaching base did so on an error.  But in the fourth, the first two Ste. Gen batters hit back to back solo homers over the left field fence.  The next batter singled but was gunned down trying to steal by Ramsey.  A double followed.  She scored on the next batter's single.  That batter, however, was thrown out trying to extend it to a double.  After the dust had settled, Oran trailed 3-2.

The Eagles would tie it in the fifth.

Ramsey hit a leadoff double.  Her courtesy runner, Kennedi McVay would score on Samantha Welter's single.  Welter would cross on an outfield error on a ball hit by Taylor Lowes.

Oran added another tally in the sixth.

With the top of the order up, Sydney Kern and Payne both grounded out on one pitch each.  Cauble the stroked the first pitch she saw over the center field fence to make the score 5-3 in the Eagle favor.

The Dragons would get back even in their half of the sixth, though.

A one-out double was followed by a pair of two-out errors to knot the game at five.

Jessie Long led off the seventh with an infield single and moved to second with the help of an error on the play.  Baylee Kern entered to pinch run.  Welter put down a sacrifice bunt and reached safely after a throwing error, an error that allowed Kern to score.  Katelyn Streeter would pick up a single but the Eagles could not add any insurance.

Ste. Gen. made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh.

Two-out back to back singles had runners on second and third.  The clean-up batter was intentionally walked to load them up.  Spane got a ground ball, a slow bounder toward short, a charging Payne, gloved, threw and recorded the out on a bang-bang play at first.

Spane improved to 5-0, she allowed on five runs, three earned on nine hits.  She walked two, one intentionally and struck out two.

At the dish, Payne, Cauble and Long each had two hits.  Cauble and Welter both had a pair of RBI

Coach Jim Eftink said, "Friday night's game against Ste gen was a struggle. We couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it. We had the bases loaded at one point and came up empty. We were lucky to come out of that game with a win."

In game two, Oran took on the Arcadia Valley Lady Tigers.

The Eagles scored six in the first and coasted to an 11-0 five-inning mercy-rule win.

Spane tossed the first inning and was credited with the win.  She gave up one hit.  Ramsey went the rest of the way, walking five and striking out five and allowing no hits.

Ramsey and Streeter both went 2-3.  Ramsey drove in 3 while Streeter knocked in 2.

Ramsey had a double as did Cauble.

Eftink said, "The Arcadia Valley game was more of a challenge than the score indicates.  My hat goes off to Claire who provided us with some innings, giving Alyssa a chance to rest."

The two wins moved the season mark to 10-1 and propelled the Lady Eagles into Saturday' s Gold bracket action.

Lady Eagles defeat Kennett

Last Thursday, the Oran High School softball team hosted perennial spring softball power, Kennett.

Oran used a four-run first enrout to an eight to four victory over an Indian team that has advanced to the final four in three of the last four years.

The Eagles scored first, but it was the defense that allowed it to happen.

Kennett picked up a single off of freshman starter, Alyssa Spane.  After a stolen base and a groundout, the Indians had a runner on at third and only one out.  That runner took off on a ground ball to Samantha Welter, who was playing third.  Oran executed the rundown play to perfection.

Coach Jim Eftink said,  "The game-changing play came in the first. With Kennett threatening to score we got a ground ball to Sam.  She got the runner at third in a rundown.  We practice rundown plays all the time and the girls executed that play perfectly. Everyone involved got to sign the 'Gold Ball'”

In the home half, Sydney Kern and Kaylee Payne singled.  Kern would score on Leah Cauble's double.  Payne and Cauble would score on Claire Ramsey's double.  Ramsey would cross on Welter's single to center.  Oran would bat around in the inning.

In the second, Kern reached on an error, stole second, went to third on a balk and scored on an error.  Ramsey reached on a fielder's choice after a Cauble single.  Ramsey scored from first on Jessie Long's double. to make the score 6-0.

Meanwhile, Spane was cruising along in the circle, allowing only two singles and one walk through the first four innings.  In the fifth Kennett connected for a one-out solo home run.

The Eagles would get that run back in the bottom of the sixth when Payne tripled with one out and scored on Cauble's sacrifice fly.

Kennett would try to make a comeback in the seventh but fell short.

The leadoff batter singled, moved to second on a sac bunt and went to third on another single.  The runner at first tried to steal but was gunned down by Ramsey for out number two.  A single and a pair of doubles followed before Spane induced the next to hit a game-ending fly ball to left fielder Katelyn Streeter.

Eftink said, "Alyssa stepped up her game, she was very dominant early.  I know she gave up some runs late, but I think that was mostly from getting tired. This was her first time going a full seven innings for varsity."

Spane (4-0) allowed four runs, all earned, on 10 hits.  She walked two and struck out four.

Ramsey was 2-3 with a double and 3 RBI.  Cauble, who returned from a two-week, four-game absence due to an injury, picked up right where she left off, going 2-3 with a double and 2 runs driven in.

Maddie Graviett, Kern and Payne each had two hits on the day.  Payne's included a triple.  She crossed the plate three times.  Long also had an extra-base hit and had one RBI.

The Eagles improved to 8-1 with the victory.

Baseball blasts Bobcats

Last Thursday, the Oran High School baseball team ended its two-game losing streak with a 25-1 five-inning shellacking of conference and district foe Delta.

Oran scored in each of the five frames.  They put up two in the first, nine in the second, seven in the third, four in the fourth and three in the fifth.  Delta scored their lone tally in the fifth.

Fr. Ty Johnson picked up his first
spring varsity win against Delta
Ty Johnson got the start on the mound and picked up his first spring varsity victory.  He went two innings and gave up one hit. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.  Kole Simms tossed two scoreless and hitless innings.  He walked three and struck out three.  Drew Reischman took the mound in the fifth.  It was his first appearance in quite some time as he had been dealing with a sore arm.  He gave up an unearned run on two hits.  He struck out one.

At the plate, Reischman was 3-3 with a double and three runs driven in.  Layne Johnson was 2-4 with four RBI.

Todd Priggel, Clay Sauceda, Cole Priggel and Jacob Shoemaker each drove in two runs.

Coach Joe Bickings said, " It was a game I felt like we needed to get some confidence in our players.  We came out and swung the bats and were being aggressive at the plate.  That's the team I want to see every game when we are at bat.  There were a few balls that we hit very hard that got caught up in the 15-20 plus mph wind that if the wind had not been blowing straight in could have a chance to go over the fence."

"We were also able to get some kids on the mound that haven't thrown at the varsity level that much this year. I thought Ty, Kole, and Drew all threw well and threw strikes and that's what we need.  It was really good to see Drew finally throw for the first time in about a month.  He's a kid that we have relied on the last 2 years to be a pitcher for us and will need him on the mound later in the year."

With the win, the Eagles improved to 7-5 overall and 3-1 in Scott-Miss play.

Monday, April 23, 2018

What's happenin' (4/24-4/28)

Oran High School athletics will resume on Tuesday after a busy weekend.

The 11-2 softball team will travel to Dexter on Tuesday to take on the 6-8 Bearcats.  The game starts at 3:45.  Track and Field has a meet at Kelly that begins at 4.

On Wednesday, the 7-7 baseball Eagles will host the 3-5 Leopold Wildcats.  First pitch is scheduled for 4:30.

Thursday will have track and field competing at Chaffee at 4 pm.  Baseball will have a doubleheader at Charleston that also starts at 4.  The Eagles will play two conference games.  The first against the Scott County Central Braves, a team that is also a district opponent and starts the week at 0-5.  That will be followed by a match-up with the host BlueJays who stand at 3-9.  Meanwhile, softball hosts a 6-4 Portageville Bulldog squad at 4:30.

On Friday, softball travels down to Bernie to take on the 15-1 Mules.

Saturday has a jayvee round-robin at home.  The Eagles will face Chaffee at 10am and Scott City at 2 pm.  Chaffee and Scott City will play in between.  The Junior Beta Grill will be open on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, the softball team will take part in Swing Pink 2.0, that had originally been scheduled for earlier in the month.  The schedule is still fluid (much like the weather).  As of now.  Oran will face a 5-6 Greenville Bears team at 11 am on Field C.  At 3 pm, Oran will face Potosi, their MSHSAA only has three games listed and it shows them 3-0.  That game will take place on Field B.  At 7 pm on Field D, the Eagles will face Portageville.

For more information and schedule updates you can use this link  SHOWME TIMES

There is no cost for the public to attend.  There will be concessions available and t-shirts to purchase.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Baseball crushed by Crusaders

The Oran High School baseball team traveled to the outskirts of Jackson yesterday to take on the Saxony Lutheran Crusaders a team that the Eagles had defeated seven straight times.  That streak would end however as Oran got slapped around by the hosts to a tune of 10-1.

Oran jumped out on top.  Drew Reischman led off with a double to the base of the fence in left-center, moved to third on Todd Priggel's groundout. He scored on a wild pitch before Clay Sauceda lined out on a sharply hit ball to left.

Layne Johnson then doubled to deep center but was stranded.

After one-half inning, the Eagles had hit the ball hard three times, had two doubles to show for it and a run.  Unfortunately, after that, the bats fell dormant and they would only get two singles the rest of the way, an infield base hit by Johnson in the fourth and single by Lane Peterson, off the bench, in the seventh.

Johnson got the start on the mound.

He worked around a single, a walk and a double-steal in the first.  A walk and a single in the second.  He had a one, two, three third, thanks in large part to a fantastic diving catch in left-center by centerfielder Jacob Shoemaker.

In the fourth, Oran got Johnson's second hit of the day to start things off Cole Priggel was hit by a pitch, with one-out Kole Simms got plunked to load the bases.  The next two, however, went down looking.

The fourth would bring Johnson's day to an end on the mound.  

After a lead-off single, a groundout and two more singles and Johnson was replaced by Kaden Hargrove.

Hargrove walked the first batter he faced on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases with only one out.  He struck out the next.  But then back to back balks were called allowing two runs to score. Hargrove was replaced by Cole Priggel, who yielded a triple and hit a batter before getting an inning-ending force out.  Oran trailed 6-1.

Three straight singles to open the home-half of the fifth would chase Priggel.  Carter Heuring took over on the bump.  Following an error, a sacrifice fly and another single, the Eagles were down 8-1 after five.

In the sixth, Oran had a lead-off walk and a one-out hit batter but a double play would end the frame.

Saxony got two more in the sixth.  They used a one-out walk, double and a single to score before Heuring retired the next two.

On the day, the Eagles struck out seven times.

Johnson (3-2) took the loss.  He went 3 and one-third.  Allowed five hits, three runs, all earned.  He walked two and struck out three.  He and Reischman had the only extra-base hits, the doubles in the first.

Hargrove went one-third of an inning.  He was charged with one run (earned) on one hit.  He walked one and struck out one.  He was tagged with two balks.  Priggel also went one-third of an inning.  He was charged with three runs, two were earned, on three hits and he hit a batter.  Heuring went two frames and allowed three runs, two earned on three hits, in his varsity debut.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "The game just wasn’t a very good game for us.  We hit the ball well in the first inning but went ice cold after that.  I feel like we just gave at-bats away yesterday.  We watch too many fastballs go over the plate for strikes and were forced to swing at off speed pitches.  We can’t rely on our 1-4 hitters to score all the runs.  The bottom of the order has to produce for us to be successful. "

Oran fell to 6-5 with their second consecutive loss and will travel to Delta on Thursday for district and conference matchup that will start at 4:30pm

Spane throws a no-hitter at New Madrid

The Oran High School softball team jumped on New Madrid County Central early yesterday and never let up.  Oran improved to 7-1 with the 14-0 five-inning mercy-rule victory.

Oran scored three in the first and one in the second before blowing it wide open in the third when they sent 13 to the plate and scored nine times.  A single tally in the fourth rounded out the scoring.

Meanwhile, Alyssa Spane was nearly perfect in the circle, facing only one over the minimum.  A two-out error in the second was the only baserunner NMCC would have all day.  Spane struck out three and did not walk a batter.  In fact, she only had a three-ball on a batter once during the contest.  That was a 3-2 count with two-down in the first.

Coach Jim Eftink said, "Strong performance on the mound. Alyssa had all of her pitches working. She was in command and didn’t fall behind hitters. Every time you turned around she was ahead in the count 0-2 or 1-2."

It was the second no-hitter of the season for Oran, Kaylee Payne tossed a four-inning no-hitter earlier this year against Bloomfield.

Payne had a big day at the plate.  She was 3-4 plus was hit by a pitch, she drove in four runs.  Katelyn Streeter was 3-3 and drove in three.  Jessie Long was 3-4 and also drove home three.

Claire Ramsey, Payne, Long, Samantha Welter and Taylor Lowes each doubled for the victors.

Eftink commented, "(It was a) nice road win. We came out strong at the plate with some really hard hit balls. Lots of doubles in this game. You really like to see those extra-base hits."

The game for today at Dexter has been canceled.

Next up will be an always tough Kennett Indians squad, at home tomorrow, that is currently 7-3.  First pitch is scheduled for 4:30.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Baseball drops conference tilt

The Oran High School baseball team traveled to Chaffee yesterday to take on their Scott-Miss foes, the Red Devils.  The Eagles entered the game as the number-one ranked team in Class 1,  Chaffee held the same position in Class 2.  Yesterday, bigger proved to be better as the hosts prevailed 6-2.

Oran scored first after two were out in the opening frame, Drew Reischman walked, he came around to score on Clay Sauceda's single that got past the fielder.

Chaffee tied it in the bottom half.

They started with a single off Eagle starter Todd Priggel, stole a base, advanced on a groundout and then scored on a two-out single.  The Devils then had another single and a hit batsman to load the bases, but Priggel was able to induce a groundout to second to end the threat.

Oran tied it in their next at-bat.

Denver Elfrink was hit by a pitch, Ty Johnson moved him over and reached himself on a bunt-single.  Kole Simms moved them both one base with a sacrifice bunt.  With Jacob Shoemaker at the plate.  Oran tried to squeeze Elfrink from third, but Chaffee pitched out and Elfrink was out at the plate.

Johnson would move on to third on the play.  He would score on a wild pitch during Shoemaker's appearance before Shoemaker would eventually walk.  Layne Johnson followed with a walk of his own.  But, both were stranded.

In the bottom of the second, Chaffee would retake the lead and not relinquish it again.

Priggel struck out the first two he faced, but then a single, a hit batter, a double steal and an error plated one. The second run would score on an RBI double.

That would be enough as the Eagles would not score again.  Even though they had plenty of base runners.

Oran stranded one in the third, two in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the seventh.  They couldn't get the timely hit as they struck out 12 times against two Chaffee hurlers.

The Red Devils would add a single tally in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "I felt the game against Chaffee was a game of opportunities for both teams.  It seemed like we had runners on almost every inning but so did they.  Unfortunately, they were able to come through when given the chance and we weren’t. You can give a lot of credit to their pitcher, Yarbro, as he got himself into a lot of situations with walks and was able to get out of it with a strikeout.  I thought our pitchers battled on the mound. Todd did a pretty good job of throwing strikes for the most part but it was his location that hurt him.  He just didn’t have the command today and wasn’t hitting spots at times and you can’t do that very often and get away with it against a good team.  Clay also came in a threw strikes but wasn’t able to limit the damage at times.  I preach to our guys that you can limit the damage and only allow 1 run instead of a crooked number you will have a chance to win the game.  We gave up two crooked numbers in the 2nd and 5th innings.  You limit that to one run and you have a 4-2 game instead of a 6-2 game."

Priggel (2-1) went the first three and took the loss.  He gave up four runs, three earned on six hits.  He struck out four and walked one.  Sauceda worked the last three.  He gave up two runs, both earned, on four hits.  He too, struck out four while walking one.

Oran only managed five hits on the day, all singles.  Layne and Ty Johnson each had one.  Cole and Todd Priggel did too.  Sauceda had the other and the only RBI.

The Eagles are now 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the Scott-Mississippi Conference.  They will be back in action today when they take on the 9-2 Saxony Lutheran Crusaders on the road at 4:30.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

What's happenin' (4/16-4/21)

It will be another week full of athletic activities for Oran High school spring athletes.

The fun starts tomorrow  (Monday) at 4 pm when track and field will participate in the Chaffee Open.  Thirty minutes later the 6-3 baseball team will take on the 9-1 Red Devils in a game that will play in Chaffee.

On Tuesday, baseball travels to Fruitland to take on the Saxony Lutheran Crusaders (9-2),  Meanwhile, softball 6-1) travels to New Madrid County Central, a team that enters the week at 2-6.  Both games start at 4:30 pm.

Wednesday will see softball travel to Dexter (3-4).  That one starts at 4:30 also.

Baseball will head to Delta (1-5) on Thursday while softball hosts Kennett (7-1).  And yes, they start at 4:30 pm

Times change a little on Friday.

Softball will compete in the inaugural Old Settlement Varsity Softball Tournament on Friday and

Here is some pertinent information:

Hosts: Ste. Genevieve High School, Valle Catholic High School and Park Hills Central High School
Date: Friday, April 20th (Pool Play) and Saturday, April 21st (Gold, Silver, and Bronze bracket play)

Location:  Ste. Genevieve High School’s Leon’s Field (turf), Ste. Genevieve High School’s Yanks North Field (turf), Ste. Genevieve Community Center’s Challenger Field (turf), and Park Hills Central High School Field (dirt)
  1. Concession and bathrooms are available very close to the fields.
  2. Spectator parking will be on the lot directly next to the fields.  
  3. No admission
  4. Programs will be available at no cost
  5. Plaques will be awarded to the first, second, third and fourth place teams. Medals will be awarded to 15 players/coaches as well for 1st-4th place teams.  
  6. Each game will be 7 innings long or an hour and 30 minutes (whichever comes first) with no innings beginning after the time limit.    Championship games of Gold, Silver and Bronze brackets will have no time limit.
  7. Mercy rule applies to all games in the tournament

Friday Schedule (coin flip for home and away for all games)
Pool 1 Leon’s Field (SGHS)                                                            Pool 2 Yanks’ Field (SGHS)
4:00- Ste. Gen vs. Oran 4:00- Kingston vs. Malden
5:30- Oran vs. Arcadia Valley 5:30- Malden vs. Bismarck
6:00- Ste. Gen vs. Arcadia Valley 6:00- Kingston vs. Bismarck

Pool 3 Challenger Field (Valle Catholic) Pool 4 Park Hills Central HS
  4:00- Valle Catholic vs. Scott City 4:00- Park Hills vs. West County
  5:30- Scott City vs. Potosi 5:30- West County vs. Kennett
  6:00- Valle Catholic- Potosi 6:00- Park Hills vs. Kennett

Saturday Schedule (Coin Flip for home and away for all games) 
Fields will be decided after the conclusion of Friday night’s games

Gold Bracket Bronze Bracket
11:00- Pool 1 winner vs. Pool 2 Winner 11:00- Pool 1 last place vs. Pool 2 last place
12:30- Pool 3 winner vs. Pool 4 winner 12:30- Pool 3 last place vs. Pool 4 last place
2:00- 3rd Place Game 2:00- 11th place game
3:30- Championship Game 3:30- 9th place game

Silver Bracket
11:00- Pool 1 runner-up vs. Pool 2 runner-up
12:30- Pool 3 runner-up vs. Pool 4 runner-up
2:00- 7th place game
3:30- 5th place game

 On Saturday, the baseball team is in the 7th annual Notre Dame High School Baseball Showcase.

They will take on Jackson at Whitey Herzog field at noon before traveling to Notre Dame Regional high school to take on the Bulldogs at 4 pm.

Here is the complete schedule of the event.  In the past, admission has been $5 and is good all day.

7th Annual Notre Dame High School Baseball Showcase
Notre Dame Traid, IL
Dexter Valle Catholic
Oran Jackson
Cape Central Cooter
Scott City

Friday April 20th
@ Notre Dame
430pm – Notre Dame v/s Valle
630pm – Triad v/s Dexter
  • Home team is listed last
  • Cages will be available before games (turf shoes in cages)
  • No infield because of tight schedule

Saturday April 21st
@Notre Dame
10am – Valle Catholic v/s Scott City
12pm – Cooter v/s Valle Catholic
2pm – Notre Dame v/s Triad
4pm – Notre Dame v/s Oran
10am – Jackson v/s Triad
12pm – Jackson v/s Oran
@Cape Central
130pm – Scott City v/s Kennett

4pm – Cape Central v/s Cooter