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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

What's happenin' (5/1-5/6)

The post-season begins for softball and track this week and baseball only has 4 games left on it's schedule.

Monday will see track and field competing in it's conference tournament at East Prairie.  The meet begins at 4 pm.

On Tuesday, the softball girls (16-0) will play their first game in the district tournament at Advance starting at 4 pm against the winner of Monday's match-up between #4 seed Leopold (8-2) and #5 seed Delta (6-6).

Baseball (9-2) will travel to conference foe Kelly (7-7) on Tuesday for a 4:30 first pitch.

Wednesday is district championship day for softball at Advance.  That game is scheduled for 4 pm.

The Athletic Banquet is scheduled for Thursday evening at 7 pm.  The format will be different this year.  The event will be held in the high school gym.  No meal will be served, instead there will be cake and punch available.  It is open to the public.

As of now, there is nothing scheduled for Friday so enjoy Cinco de Mayo!

The track and field team will have their district meet on Saturday.  The all-day event will be held at New Haven High School.

Also on Saturday, the JV baseball team will play 2 games at Saxony Lutheran.  They face the hosts at 10 am and then play Kelly at noon.  Later that day, varsity baseball will host Chaffee (13-5) in a make -up game that will start at 4 pm.

Fellowship serves Track and Field

Oran High School's chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes served cookies to the track and field team on Thursday, April 27.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Eagles batter Bulldogs

The Oran Eagles baseball team picked up a big win on Thursday as they defeated the Class 4 Sikeston Bulldogs on the road 10-2.

Layne Johnson was stellar on the mound, as he a went 6 2/3 innings, gave up the 2 earned runs on 6 hits and walked 2 while striking out 7. He improved his record to 5-1 and the team is now 10-2.  Drew Reischman got the last out after walking one.

At the plate, Reischman went 4-4.  He scored once and drove in one.  He improved his team-leading batting average to an impressive .652.  Austin Eftink had 2 hits on the day and had 2 rbi.  Johnson also drove in two to help his cause.  Clay Sauceda and Jacob Shoemaker also picked up ribbies.  Sauceda leads the team in that category with 24.

Oran jumped on top with 4 in the second as they sent nine to the plate.  They used 4 walks, 2 singles and a sacrifice fly.

It was 5-0 after the third when Drew Mitchem was hit by a pitch leading off.  He came around on a pair of wild pitches sandwiched around a Reischman single.

The Bulldogs got their runs in the fourth with a double, a walk and a couple of singles.

Sikeston would not have another baserunner until the 7th and by then the game was all but decided.

The Eagles put the game away with a 5 run sixth.  That inning featured 7 walks and Reischman's 4th single of the day.

The Bulldogs had a two-out single and walk before Reischman enticed an infield pop up to Mitchem at third to end the contest.

It was the second year in a row that Oran has defeated their much larger opponent to the south.

Sikeston used 8 different pitchers during the game.  They started their conference tournament this afternoon.

Oran faces Kelly at their place on Tuesday at 4:30 pm.  Wednesday's game that was scheduled at home against Sikeston has been canceled.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lady Eagles now 16-0

To say that the Oran High School girls softball team rode the pitching arm during yesterday's 11-0 five-inning victory at Leopold, of freshman Sam Welter, would not come as a surprise to any that follow the Lady Eagles.  But, if you mention that her bat would also make the highlight reel, then that might raise some eyebrows.

Welter came into the district affair batting .275 with 3 RBI and only 2 extra base hits all season long.  Yesterday she pounded 2 home runs and is now tied with Jessie Long and Leah Cauble for the team-lead in that category.

In the circle, she scattered 2 hits and never allowed a Wildcat past second base.  She struck out 2 and walked none in picking up her 9th win of the season.

Coach Jim Eftink said, "What a game by Sam! Not only did she toss another shutout but she had a big day at the plate with two dingers.

Cauble went 3-4 with 2 driven in.  Claire Ramsey also drove in 2.  Sydney Kern had 2 hits as did Long, who had a RBI.  Payne had the only other extra-base hit, a double.

"Everyone's hitting right now and that's a good sign heading into districts.  Hopefully, we'll catch a break in the weather and get in the rest of this week's games."  Eftink added.

The Lady Eagles scored 4 in the first, 4 more in the fourth and 3 in the fifth inning of the mercy-rule affair.  Welter's blasts came in back to back trips to the plate in the fourth and fifth innings.

Oran will hit the field again today when they host Scott County Central at 4:30.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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

Softball (15-0) enters its last week of the regular season this week and baseball (9-2) enters the home stretch.

On Tuesday the girls will travel to Leopold to take on the 8-0 Wildcats in a key district matchup.  First pitch is scheduled for 4:30.

Wednesday will see the boys make the trip up to take on a 5-6 Leopold squad for a 4:15 start.  Softball will be at home to take on another district foe, Scott County Central (4-8).  That game starts at 4:30.  Also, the softball district tournament will be seeded that day for the event that will be played next week at Advance.

Scott Central (2-5) will return to Oran on Thursday for a conference and district baseball contest and softball travels to (9-6) Portageville.  Both games start at 4:30. Track and field will compete at Chaffee starting at 4 pm.

The Bernie Mules (19-4) will close out the Lady Eagles softball slate on Friday at 4:30.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Track and Field at New Madrid

Oran's Track and Field team traveled to New Madrid on Thursday to compete in the Riverbend Invitational.

The girls finished with 15 points good for 9th out of 14 teams.  The boys did not place.

Madison Ramsey was the top Eagle finisher, she placed 3rd in the 800M with a time of 3:00.38.

Savannah Below finished tied for 5th in the High Jump with a leap of 4'4".  She was 6th in the 100 Hurdles with a time of 21.46 and 8th in the 300 Hurdles in 1:02.77.

The relay team of Morgan Kern, Heather Gosche, Jacey Brant & Cassie Cochran finished 6th in the 4x200 with a time of 2:15.61.

Next up will be the Red Devil invitational on Thursday at Chaffee.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eagles blow by Blue Jays in 5

The Oran High School baseball team jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 13-2 5-inning road victory at Charleston yesterday.

Drew Reischman reached on a wild pitch third strike to start the game.  Clay Sauceda followed with a single.  Cole Priggel drove in two with his base hit and then scored on Denver Elfrink's RBI single and the score was 3-0.

Four more scored in the second as Drew Mitchem singled, Reischman hit the first of his 2 triples,  Layne Johnson singled, Sauceda doubled and Priggel reached an infield error that allowed Sauceda to score.

It was 10-0 after the Eagles batted in the third.  Austin Eftink singled as did Mitchem.  Jacob Shoemaker hit into a fielder's choice, forcing Mitchem at second.  Reischman hit his second triple to drive in two and then he scored on Sauceda's base hit.

Charleston put up a single tally in the bottom of the third on a one-out walk, a double and a sacrifice fly.

Oran got a 10 run lead back in their half of the fourth, using a walk, a wild pitch and a run-scoring single from Mitchem.

But once again, the Blue Jays cut the lead to single digits in their half and once again it was a walk that came around to score, this time on a double.

The Eagles would expand the lead to 11 in the top of the fifth, as they used 3 singles to start the frame.  Reischman and Johnson both crossed on Sauceda's fourth hit of the day.

The bottom of the fifth saw a one-out single, but the next batter swung at and missed strike three.  Thinking the pitch was dropped he started running for an occupied first base, the runner at first thought he should head to second, but Sauceda threw to Reischman for a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play.

Oran used 3 pitchers in the game.  Sauceda got his first start of the season and picked up his first win to go along with a save.  He tossed 2 2/3 innings allowing 1 run, earned, on 1 hit.  He walked 2 and struck out 5. Todd Priggel threw an inning.  He too allowed one earned run on 1 hit and gave up a walk.  Cole Priggel pitched the final inning and a third, giving up 1 hit and striking out 1.

Sauceda was 4-4 with 4 RBIs with a double. Reischman was 3-4, had the two triples and drove in 3.  Mitchem was 3-4 with a run driven in and Johnson was 2-4 and also drove in one.  Cole Priggel drove in 2.

The Eagles improved to 9-2 on the season and are scheduled to play Jackson at Jackson on Saturday at noon.

Lady Eagles down Dexter in 5

It took nearly one time through the batting order before the Oran High School softball team adjusted to the lack of velocity from the visiting Dexter Bearcats hurler, but once they did it turned ugly fast, as the home team won 11-1 in 5 innings of play, yesterday.

Dexter scored their only tally in the second on a two-out walk, stolen base and a single.

The Eagles did not have hit through one out in the third when Katelyn Streeter singled.  Sydney Kern followed with a bunt base hit.  Then back-to-back triples by Kaylee Payne and Leah Cauble were followed by Jessie Long's sac fly, a Claire Ramsey double and a Taylor Lowes single to make the 5-1.

Four more crossed in the fourth.

Once again Streeter singled, as did Kern. Payne legged out another triple, Cauble doubled and Long singled.

The final runs came in the bottom of the fifth as Maddie Graviett doubled, pinch-hitter Abbey Madigan reached on an error allowing Graviett to score and then singles by Kern and Payne ended the game due to the mercy-rule.

Payne went the distance in the circle. She allowed only one run, earned, on 2 hits.  She walked 5 and struck out 7.  She improved her personal mark to 7-0 as the team improved to 15-0.

Coach Jim Eftink said, "Kaylee struggled with her control a bit. But she labored through it and made key pitches when she needed them.  While she wasn't as sharp on the mound she was a monster at the plate, hitting her fifth and sixth triples of the year and driving in five runs."

Cauble was 2-2 with a double and a triple.  Long drove in 2 and Kern was 3 for 4.  Streeter also had 2 hits on the day.

Eftink also mentioned, "We mixed things up a bit today, giving Claire a break behind the plate. Jessie filled in and threw out a couple of base baserunners trying to steal."

"Up next is the Scott City tournament with a big showdown with Malden. Rain is in the forecast and the fields we are playing on don't drain very well, so it doesn't look promising."

The pool play games are scheduled for 11 am (Malden) and 12:30 pm (Bismarck) Saturday with bracket play to follow.

Baseball walks-off against Saxony

The Oran Eagles had a lead against the Saxony Lutheran Crusaders at home on Tuesday but gave up a big inning and then had to rally to pick up a 7-6 win.

Drew Reischman hit a one-out shot over of the left field fence in the third for the game's first run.

In the fourth, the Eagles plated two more.

Denver Elfrink, singled, advanced on a wild pitch and then a passed ball before Austin Eftink walked. Elfrink scored and Eftink moved to second on the second wild pitch of the inning.  Reischman drove home Eftink with a double to right-center.

The fifth frame belonged to the visitors.

The Crusaders used 3 singles, 2 walks, and a double to score 5 and take a 5-3 lead.

That was the score heading into the bottom of the 6th and once again Reischman was in the middle of things.

Eftink drew a lead-off walk, moved to second on Drew Mitchem's sacrifice bunt.  Reischman drove in another with a two-out single to left to cut the deficit in half.  Layne Johnson then singled to right to move Reischman to third.  Johnson took off for second on a pitch home and as the catcher threw down, Reischman raced home to tie the game on a perfectly executed double steal.

Saxony was not done, however.  They worked a walk to open the 7th and after two strikeouts, back-to-back singles propelled the Crusaders back on top.

In the bottom half, Oran used back-to-back singles of their own by Todd and Cole Priggel and a wild pitch to get runners on 2nd and 3rd with no one out.  Elfrink then lifted a sac fly to left to tie the game.  Eftink was intentionally walked to set up a possible double-play.  With two down, Jacob Shoemaker wrangled a free pass to load them up.  Then on a 3-1 pitch, Reischman saw the ball sail over the catcher's head for ball four to force in the game-winning run.

Reischman finished the day 3-4 at the plate, drove in 4 with a homer and a double.  He also got the start on the mound, he did not figure in the decision.  He went 4 2/3 gave up 5 runs, all earned, on 6 hits, he walked 4 and struck out 6.

Johnson went the final 2 1/3 picking up the win to improve to 4-1 on the year.  He allowed 1 earned run on 3 hits, 1 walk and struck out 6.

Cole Priggel had two singles, the only other Eagles with multiple hits, as the team improved to 8-2.

Lady Eagles soar over NMCC

Jessie Long drove in 4 and Sam Welter scattered 4 hits and allowed only 1 unearned run as the Oran High School softball team defeated the visiting New Madrid County Central Eagles 10-1 on Tuesday.

Oran scored 4 in the first, 4 more in the 5th and 2 in the 6th enroute to the 14th win of the year in 14 attempts.

Welter is now 8-0.  She struck out 4 and walked none.

Coach Jim Eftink said, "Sam had a steady game on the mound against a very good hitting team. Her changeup was working and the defense behind her was exceptional. She threw strikes and let her defense work their magic."

Long was 2-3 with a double and the 4 ribbies.

Eftink commented, "Jessie drove in four runs. She's an RBI machine. She seems to come up with the big hit when we need it. She's a classic clutch hitter."

Sunday, April 16, 2017

What's happenin' (4/17-4/22)

The second half of April will kick off with a busy Monday.  Although there is no school, softball (13-0) and baseball (7-2) will be in action.

The girls will travel to Ste. Genevieve to take on the Valle Catholic Lady Warriors. Valle is 7-4 this season and they play on an all-turf field.

Exit I-55 at the 150mm, turn right, follow Hwy 32, turn right on Progress Pkwy
Also on Monday, the boys are scheduled for a conference doubleheader at Charleston.  Chaffee will be the first opponent at 4:15.  The Red Devils are 10-4.  The Eagles will take on the host BlueJays (4-11) immediately following.

Tuesday will see a baseball/softball double dip at home.  The boys will host Saxony Lutheran (9-2) while the girls will take on an 8-6 New Madrid County Central.  First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 on both fields.

The Dexter Lady Bearcats with a 6-8 mark entering the week will travel to Oran on Wednesday.  4:30 is the start time.

Track and Field will participate in the Riverbend Invitational at New Madrid County Central.  The starter's gun will fire at 4 o'clock.

Friday, right now, is an off day.  But if rain becomes an issue it may be used for a make-up game or two.

Softball and baseball will both be in action on Saturday.

The girls will play in the Scott City Softballfest.  They will take on the 10-1 Malden GreenWave at 9:30 am and then the 5-1 Bismarck Lady Indians at 11 am in pool play before advancing on to bracket play.

Baseball will play at Jackson, against Jackson in what was previously known as The Notre Dame Showcase but has been renamed The SEMO Baseball Showcase. The class 5 Indians are 14-5.  First pitch is noon.  Admission has been charged in the past, however, there is no mention of the cost in the information that I received.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Eagles rout Hornets

The Oran High School baseball team exploded for 12 first inning runs as they sent 17 to the plate and cruised to a 13-0 victory over the Advance Hornets this afternoon.

Layne Johnson and Todd Priggel combined to throw a no-hitter.

The big blow in the first inning was Clay Sauceda's grand slam home run to straight away center field during his second at-bat of the frame.

The game settled down after that first inning.

Johnson went the first 3 1/3 innings, he struck out 8 and walked 3.  Priggel went the final inning and a third.  He struck out 2 and walked 1.

Johnson was 2 for 3 at the plate scored twice and drove in 1.  Priggel also had 2 hits, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.  Austin Eftink had a pair of hits and a RBI, while Drew Mitchem drove in 2 with a double.

Johnson improved to 3-1 while the Eagles are now 7-2.

The Eagles will be back in action on Monday for a doubleheader at Charleston.  Game 1 is scheduled for 4:15 against Chaffee, with game 2 at 6:30 against the hosts.  Both games are conference contests.

Lady Eagles improve to 13-0

The Oran High School softball team picked up its thirteenth victory without a defeat last night with a convincing 9-0 win over the Advance Lady Hornets in a game played at the Southeast Missouri State University softball complex.

Kaylee Payne got the start in the circle and gave up a single with one out in the top of the first but the runner advanced no further.

Oran put three on in its half but was unable to score.

In the second, it looked as if the Hornets would have another one out single, but the one-hop line drive to shallow right was fielded by Kenzie Graviett and with the throw to Maddie Graviett at first it was a 9-3 putout.

Coach Jim Eftink said of the play, "The Graviett twins pulled off a pretty good play early in the game. When a right fielder throws out a runner on a force at first it kinda takes the wind out of your sails."

And that wind quickly shifted to the Eagle side as Oran scored 4 in the second on 3 walks, 3 hits and an error.  The big blow was a bases-clearing double by Payne that drove in 3.  

The momentum shift was also evident when Oran was in the field as, after that play, Payne retired the next 6 in a row and the Advance recorded no more hits the rest of the way.

The Eagles meanwhile, added 2 more in the third.  Payne drove both in with a single.

On Payne's performance, Eftink had this to say, "Kaylee probably had her most complete game since we played Kennett. Outstanding on the mound and at the plate."

Oran would close out the scoring in the fifth when 3 more crossed.  Leah Cauble tripled to left and drove in two before Jessie Long grounded out allowing Cauble to come home.

Payne improved to 6-0 with the shutout.  She allowed only 1 hit and walked 3 while striking out 9.

At the plate, she was 2-3 with 5 RBI.  Cauble was 2-4 with 2 driven in.  Sydney Kern and Katelyn Streeter both had 2 hits. Streeter scored 3 times and Kern twice.

Eftink said, "We've got this streak going but it may not last long if we don't clean up some things. We blew some chances for big innings by being a little sloppy--not running out a pop up--not sliding on a steal--trying to pull the ball instead of going the opposite way--and popping up way too many pitches. Fly balls make for easy outs.

We'll regroup after the break and hopefully, the days off will bring back the intensity we saw earlier in the season. Hope the girls rest up and enjoy their Easter Break. We head to Ste Genevieve Monday. It'll be Sam's turn on the mound. I plan on her making two starts next week as we start to look ahead at districts."

The next game is at Valle Catholic.  The first pitch is scheduled for 1 pm.

The district tournament begins May 1st and will be held at Advance.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Eagles fall at home

The Oran High School baseball team fell behind, came back, fell behind again but couldn't get over the hump at the end and lost to the visiting Portageville Bulldogs 7-6.

The 'Dogs scored first as the Eagles' defensive woes continued.  An error led to 2 runs for Portageville in the opening inning.

Oran came back with three in the second to take the lead. Jacob Shoemaker, Drew Reischman and Layne Johnson each drove in a run during the inning.

Unfortunately for the home team, the wheels fell off during the third, as Portageville plated 4 to take a lead they would not relinquish again.  They used an error, a double, 2 singles and 3 walks as 10 came to the plate.

They would tack on another tally in the fourth on 2 more walks, a single and a sac fly.

The Bulldogs threatened again in the sixth with Clay Sauceda on the mound.  Sauceda, the third of four Eagle hurlers of the day, gave up 3 straight singles to start the inning and to load the bases.  He then got a strike-three looking, a ground ball to Drew Mitchem who threw home to Jacob Shoemaker for the force and a groundout to Mitchem to pull a Houdini.

Oran grabbed the momentum from getting out of the bases loaded no-out situation in the bottom half.  Sauceda started things with a blast over the right-field fence.  His first home run of the year.  After a couple of hit batters, Mitchem, with 2 outs, hit a double off the glove of the right fielder to drive in a pair and the score was 7-6.

That was all they could muster, however, as the last six were retired in order.

Sauceda was 2 for 4 with a homer and a double.  Mitchem had a pair of RBIs on his double and Reischman also added a two-bagger.

Reischman (1-1) got the start and took the loss.  He went 2 1/3, allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, He struck out 1 and walked 1. Johnson followed and worked 1 inning.  He gave up 3 runs, all earned, on 3 hits, 5 walks and 2 strike outs.  Sauceda went the next 3 1/3 scoreless innings.  He allowed 3 hits, struck out 5 and walked no one.  Cole Priggel got the final out pitching to only one batter.

The Eagles fell to 6-2 and will travel to Advance Thursday for a 4:30 district encounter with the Hornets.

Track and Field at Kelly

Oran's track and field teams competed Monday in the Johnny Merrick Invitational hosted by Kelly High School.

The girl's squad placed 12th with 18 points and the boys were tied for 13th with 12 points.  There were 17 teams involved.

The only Eagle to medal was Savannah Below, who finished third in the High Jump.

Lady Eagles that finished in the top eight were:

3rd High Jump 4'4"
6th 100M Hurdles 20:81
7th Long Jump 13'0

Madison Ramsey
6th 800M 2:59.85

Morgan Kern, Heather Gosche, Jacey Brant & Cassie Cochran
8th 4x200M  2:15.69

On the boys' side:

Bradley Brooks
4th Long Jump 18'6"
5th 200M 24:49
6th 100M 12:18

Robert Yates competed in the Shot Put and the Discus but did not place.

Coach Ethan Evans told the blog, "I thought overall we had a good showing today. The conditions were very windy but we did a good job of battling through it, very proud of our effort."

The next meet is Thursday, April 20th at New Madrid County Central.

Eagles deal Cards 5 inning loss

The Oran High School baseball team jumped out to a 13-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings at Woodland on Monday and cruised to a 14-4 win in the mercy-rule shortened contest.

The Eagles scored two in the first on a Layne Johnson double, singles by Cole Priggel and Clay Sauceda, plus a wild pitch. 

Three scored in the second.  The big blow coming on Sauceda's two-rbi double.

The biggest frame was the third when Oran sent 11 to the plate and scored eight.  Denver Elfrink led off with a double and when he batted again that inning, he hit his first high school home run

Todd Priggel got his first start of the year and faced the minimum through the first two innings, but shoddy infield defense led to 3 unearned runs in the third as three errors combined with a double got the Cardinals on the board.

Oran got one of those runs back in the fourth when Jacob Shoemaker walked and after a wild pitch and an error came home on Cole Priggel's two-out groundout.

Woodland benefited in their half from another Eagle miscue.  Denver Elfrink, who had come on in relief of Todd Priggel, gave up a leadoff single.  That was followed by two strikeouts, before a hit batter and a walk forced in a run.

He was able to work around a two-out error in the fifth to secure the team's win in five.

Todd Priggel (1-0) went 3 innings.  He allowed only 1 hit and gave up 3 unearned runs.  he walked 2 and struck out 2.  Elfrink went 2 innings gave up a hit and 1 unearned run.  He walked 1 and struck out 2 also.

Sauceda drove in 3 on 2 hits.  Todd Priggel and Elfrink had 2 rbi each on 2 hits.  Likewise, Cole Priggel knocked in 2 and Austin Eftink had a pair of hits as Oran improved to 6-1.

Lady Eagles win at Woodland

The Oran High School softball team picked up a 6-0 victory on the road Monday at Woodland.  

After the game head coach Jim Eftink said, "We never had that big inning to put the game away.
That meant we had to manufacture runs. We got a couple of runs with ground balls and some others with 2 out hits.We once again used our speed, stealing bases and going first to third on base hits."

The Lady Eagles scored in 5 of the 7 innings.  Four were one-run innings, in the other, two runs crossed the plate.

Oran scored in the first when Leah Cauble singled with two down, stole second and came home on Jessie Long's rbi base hit.

Sam Welter got the start in the circle and she ran into a first inning jam. 

Woodland picked up a two-out hit of their own.  That was followed by a hit batsman and walk to load the bases.  But, Welter was able to induce an infield pop out to quell the threat.  She then went on to retire the next 9 in a row

Meanwhile, in the second, Welter led off with a double.  She moved to third on Kenzie Graviett's sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch.

In the third inning, Kaylee Payne tripled to start the frame and then with one out came home on Long's ground ball to second.

The fifth saw two Eagles come home to roost.  Sydney Kern walked with one out, stole second, went to third on Payne's ground out and scored on a wild pitch before Cauble walked.  She too swiped second and moved on to third base after the next two walked.  Cauble would score on a passed ball.

The final tally came in the sixth when Welter was hit by a pitch leading off.  Savannah Elfrink entered as a courtesy runner.  Pinch hitter Cami Cruz drew a walk.  Both moved up a base on Katelyn Streeter's sac bunt.  Elfrink scored on Kern's sacrifice fly.

Welter (7-0) notched the complete-game victory, scattering 4 hits.  She walked 2, hit 2 and struck out 4 as Oran improved to 12-0.

Eftink said, "Sam tossed another shutout and came up with some big pitches when she got into a couple of jams. She didn't really have her change up working but she threw a couple of rise balls that were probably the best two she's thrown all season."

At the plate, no Eagle had more than one hit.  Long drove in two.  Welter had a double and Payne had a triple.

"Kaylee turned in one of the best defensive plays I've seen all year.  She also showed her speed with a triple. She now has four triples on the year," comment Eftink.

The softball team will be back in action this evening at Southeast Missouri State University where they will take on the Advance Hornets in a contest that will follow the SEMO vs SIU-C game at approximately 6:30.  Payne will get the start, according to Eftink.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

What's happenin' (4/10-4/13)

It will be a short week at school but there will be plenty of sports taking place. Oran's Easter break starts on Thursday and classes will resume the following Tuesday.

Track and field will get the week started at 4 on Monday when they compete in the Kelly Invitational.  Softball (11-0) and baseball (5-1) will share a bus to Woodland.  Both games start at 4:30.  Softball defeated the 9-5 Cardinals twice during the recent Puxico Invitational Tournament.  Woodland's baseball team comes in at 1-10

Tuesday will see baseball hosting the 6-2 Portageville Bulldogs at 4:30.

Something a little special on Wednesday as the softball team will take on the Advance Lady Hornets at Southeast Missouri State University at approximately 6:30 following the Redhawk vs the Southern Illinois - Carbondale game.  Oran won the earlier meeting 11-0.

The sports week will wrap on Thursday when baseball travels to Advance to take on their district foe, the Hornets.  Advance starts the week 3-8.  Game time is 4:30.

Enjoy the break and have a blessed Easter.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Baseball drops first

The Oran Eagle baseball team traveled to Scott City yesterday to take on the fourth-ranked class 3 Rams.  Scott City jumped out early and the second-ranked class 1 Eagles could never get back into it, losing 9-2.

Scott City scored 8 runs in the first off of two Oran pitchers on 5 hits, 2 walks, 2 hit batters and an error as they sent 12 to the plate.  Layne Johnson got the start but was unable to get an out through the first 7 batters.  Coach Joe Bickings said, " Layne just didn't have it and sometimes that happens."

Todd Priggel came on in relief for his first appearance of the season.  He hit the first two he faced and walked the third, gave up an earned run, but with the help of a caught stealing he got out of the inning with no further damage.

He worked the next two innings only giving up a single.

Cole Priggel worked the last three.  He gave up an unearned run and only allowed one hit himself.

Even though the pitching held Scott City in check after the first, the Eagles could not solve one of the premier hurlers in the area, Braden Cox.

Oran did get on the board in the third.

After two were retired, Drew Reischman launched a 3-1 pitch over the fence in the left field power alley.  Johnson doubled to right but was stranded there.

In the sixth, the Eagles cut the lead to 6, 8-2.  Cole Priggel walked to lead off the inning, Clay Sauceda was drilled with a pitch and Denver Elfrink was beaned to load the bases.  Todd Priggel hit a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Cole.  But then a double play ended the rally.

The Rams got that run back in their half on an error, a balk and a single.

Cox departed the game after a one-out walk in the seventh with 102 pitches, just shy of the 105 max allowed.

Johnson (2-1) took the loss for Oran who is now 5-1 and 2-1.  He recorded no outs, gave up 5 hits, 7 runs (6 earned) and walked one.

Todd Priggel threw 3 innings, gave up 1 hit, 1 run (earned).  He struck out 2, walked 1 and hit 2 batters.

Cole Priggel also tossed 3 innings in relief.  He allowed 1 unearned run, on 1 hit, he walked 1, hit 1, struck out 1 and was charged with a balk.

Bickings commented, "We were able to come away with some positives.  I thought Todd and Cole did a great job pitching. Todd was a little wild at first but was able to settle in for a nice first outing.  Cole followed right along and held them in check."

The Eagles only managed 3 hits on the day, besides Reischman's second home run in as many days and Johnson' double, Todd Priggel had a two-out single in the fourth.

The coach added, "One bad inning did us in.   It's tough to win games when you spot a team 8 runs in the 1st inning and especially a good team like Scott City. Credit our kids for continuing to battle and winning innings 2-7 but at the same time we have to come ready to play from the start of the game. In games like this, we need to set the tone early and unfortunately, we weren't able to."

Oran, will look to get back to their winning ways on Monday when the travel to Woodland to take on the Cardinals in a baseball/softball doubleheader at 4:30.

Baseball beats East Prairie

The Oran Eagles baseball squad scored the last four runs of the game to pick up a 10-7 win at East Prairie on Thursday in a conference match-up.

The hosts scored first with back-to-back doubles in their half of the opening inning.

Oran roared back with a six-run second.

The first two Eagles reached on errors and with one out Drew Mitchem drove home one with a single.  Then, with the bases loaded Drew Reischman's single was misplayed, allowing all three runners to score and Reischman ended up at third.  He would score on Cole Priggel's triple to the deepest part of center field and Clay Sauceda would drive in the sixth run with a single.

Like Wrigley Field the wind blowing out, no lead was safe.

East Prairie homered to open the bottom of the second.  That was followed by a pair of errors and a pair of two-out singles to make the score 6-4.

The home team would take the lead in the third with three more runs.  They used two single, two more errors and a double to forge ahead 7-6.

Oran was able to tie the game in the fourth.

Reischman started things with a double to the right-center field fence, he went to third on Layne Johnson's single and scored on Clay Sauceda's sac fly.

Meanwhile, Reischman, who was the starting pitcher, hit his groove and retired the side in order in the home-half of the fourth; wrapping up his day retiring 5 in a row.

The Eagles added another tally in the fifth when Mitchem walked.  Shoemaker sacrificed him to second and Mitchem scored on Reischman's single.

Sauceda came on in relief and struck out the side.

Oran scored in the sixth on Clay Sauceda's single.  His courtesy runner, Tyson Goodale went to second on Todd Priggel's single and scored on Austin Eftink's double.

The final run came in the seventh when Reischman belted a moonshot over the center field fence.

Reischman finished 4 for 5 with a double and homer.  He scored 3 and drove in 3.

On the mound, he went 4 innings and picked up his first win of the season.  He gave up 7 runs, only 3 earned on 9 hits.  He struck out two and walked none.

Sauceda had two hits in three trips and drove in a pair.

He picked up the save, going three scoreless innings.  He allowed only one hit and struck out six to pick up his first save of the season.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "We faced some adversity today and we were able to battle our way to a win.  We have to do a better job of not making so many self-inflicted wounds during the game and giving teams extra outs.  I felt like Drew looked a lot better today pitching but needed to get the ball down a little.  And Clay Sauceda was outstanding in relief only giving up 1 hit with 6 K's in 3 innings of relief to get the save.  Good conference win for us today."

Oran improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Scott-Miss.

Lady Eagles ease past East Prairie

The Oran High School softball team rode the one-hit shutout complete game pitching performance from freshman Kaylee Payne and the 7 hit, 5 rbi output of the bottom three in their batting order on their way to a 10-0 six-inning mercy-rule win at East Prairie on Thursday to improve to 11-0.

Oran picked up a run to open the affair, Sydney Kern reached on an infield error, stole second, went to third on a ground-out and scored on Leah Cauble's sacrifice fly.

East Prairie threatened in the second.  An error started the inning, a one-out walk, followed by another error, this one with two outs, loaded the bases.  Payne was able to escape as all three outs went down swinging.

The score remained 1-0 until the fourth.

Sam Welter led off with a base on balls.  She advanced to third on Maddie Graviett's single and scored on Kenzie Graviett's base hit.  Kenzie's hit also moved Maddie to third.  Maddie would score on Kern's bunt single and Kenzie would cross on Cauble's ground ball out. The Eagles were up 4-0.

Oran blew the game wide open in the sixth when they sent ten to the plate and scored 6.

Kern reached on an infield single, stole second and third as Payne walked.  Kern was out on a fielder's choice as Cauble reached first and Payne advanced to third.  Cauble stole second before Jessie Long drove in both with a double to left.  Claire Ramsey reached on an infield error to put runners at first and second.  Macy Senciboy ran for Ramsey.  The bases would be loaded after Welter's bunt single.
Long and Senciboy crossed on Kenzie Graviett's single to center.  Welter and Graviett scored on Katelyn Streeter's double to set the final 10-0 margin.

The game ended after a one-two-three bottom of the sixth.

Payne improved to 5-0, she allowed only one hit and one walk while striking out 11 batters.

Coach Jim Eftink said, "Kaylee had another outstanding performance on the mound. She allowed only one hit and it was questionable. Her changeup was working and she used it to get five or six outs."

Maddie Graviett led the Eagles with 3 hits.  Coach Eftink said, "Gotta give a shout out to Maddie. She had a career day 3 for 4. She upped her average to .393. She's figured something out and is becoming very reliable at the plate."

Kern, Kenzie Graviett and Streeter each had two hit apiece for an Oran offense that pounded out 13 on the day.  Eftink mentioned, "Once the team figured out that fly balls were going to be outs due to the wind, adjustments were made and we played a speed game. The girls were all over the bases. That was good to see as we've kinda gotten away from that lately."

Kenzie drove in 3, while Cauble, Long and Streeter had 2 rbi's each.  Kern swiped four bases in the game.

The Lady Eagles will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Woodland for a softball/baseball doubleheader beginning at 4:30.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Softball knocks off Naylor

The Oran High School softball team picked up another nice win on the road yesterday whey they defeated the Naylor Eagles 8-3, to improve to 10-0 on the season.

Sam Welter (6-0) went the distance in the circle, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits. She allowed 2 walks and struck out 5.

Our Lady Eagles scored first as Sydney Kern singled to start the game and stole second.

Coach Jim Eftink said, "Sydney led off yet another game with a hit. She stole second and scored on two straight groundouts. So we took the lead in the first inning and that's a big plus."

Oran padded their lead in the third when they tacked on 4.  Savannah Elfrink led off with a single. Katelyn Streeter walked.  Elfrink scored on Kaylee Payne's double.  Leah Cauble was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Streeter crossed the plate on a Jessie Long ground out and Payne and Cauble scooted home on Claire Ramsey's single.

The Eagles made it 6-0 in the 5th.  Payne walked, stole second and went to third on Cauble's ground out.  She scored on Long's RBI single.

Naylor made it interesting when the scored 3 in the bottom of the 5th to cut the lead in half.  They used 3 singles, a walk, a hit batter and an error to produce their runs.

Oran responded with 2 insurance runs in the 7th.  Kern walked, came home on Payne's triple.  Payne scored on a passed ball.

Payne was 2 for 3, a double and a triple, with 3 runs scored and 2 runs driven in.

Eftink said, "Kaylee keeps on hitting and driving in runs.  She also had another one of her spectacular plays out on the field when she dove for a grounder and threw out the batter from deep in the hole. I gave her a gold ball for the play."

Ramsey also had a couple of hits, including a double and she drove in a pair.  Long was 1-4 with 2 RBI's.

The Eagles will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to East Prairie for a softball/baseball doubleheader at 4:30.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wanna Shirt?

Here is a copy of the e-mail that was sent out by the school this morning:

We are now taking orders for the 2017 State Champ Basketball Shirts.  The Shirt is royal blue and is a “dry fit” shirt; not a t-shirt!!!  We are offering a women’s cut shirt and a men’s cut shirt.  The men’s shirt runs pretty much like what you would order in a t-shirt up to a size XXXL.  The women’s cut is a more slender cut and will go up to a XXL in size.

The cost of the shirt is $15.00 each.  XXL is $16.00 and XXXL is $17.00

Please place your order with me (Crystal) through email,  or call the high school at 573-262-3345, ext. 2.  I will not be taking any orders through facebook or any social media.  The deadline to have your order placed is next Tuesday, April 11th.

Thank you
Oran Eagle Pride!!!!

Crystal Todt
Oran High School Secretary

Community honors final four teams

Baseball blitzes Bobcats

In the early 70's there was a song called, "Rainy Days and Mondays".  That's what we had yesterday, but it didn't get the Eagles down as they romped to a 17-3 mercy-rule victory over the visiting Delta Bobcats.

Denver Elfrink went the distance on the mound in his high school first career pitching start to pick up the win.  He threw 5 innings, allowing 3 runs (all earned) on 3 hits.  He struck out 9 while walking 4.

Oran scored it's 17 runs on only 7 hits, no Eagle had more than one in the game.  Todd Priggel had the big blow with a bases-loaded triple in the first.  The team was the recipient of 13 walks, three hit batsmen and 4 Bobcat errors.

Oran improved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Scott-Miss.  They will be back in action Wednesday when they travel to Scott City to take on the conference rival Rams at 4:30.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

What's happenin' (4/3-4/7)

Let's take a look at the upcoming week for the Oran Eagles.

On Monday, the track and field team will participate in a meet at Kelly beginning at 4.  Baseball (3-0) will host Delta (2-5) at 4:30.  At 7, there will be a reception for the final four basketball teams in the gym.  Everyone is invited.

Softball (9-0) travels to Naylor (2-0) on Tuesday for a 4:30 start.

Baseball heads to Scott City (6-2) on Wednesday.  First pitch is scheduled for 4:30.

Thursday features a baseball/softball doubleheader at East Prairie.  Game-time is 4:30.

Softball closes out the week on Friday when they host Advance (2-5) in a game that starts at 4:30.

Lady Eagles sweep through tourney

The Oran High School softball team picked four victories on Saturday to claim the Puxico Invitational Tournament.

Oran 5, Woodland 2

The 5-0 Lady Eagles opened with a pool game against the Woodland Cardinals.

Woodland entered the game with a 2-2 record and it was nip and tuck the entire way.  Oran scored first, Sydney Kern doubled to open the game and scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch.

Woodland used a lead-off single, a stolen base and an RBI single to tie it up in the third.

The score would remain tied at 1 through five innings when the time-limit expired enacting the international tie-breaker.

Leah Cauble started at second base and moved to third when Maddie Graviett reached on an infield error.  She gave the Eagles the lead on Sam Welter's single.

The Cardinals tied it up in their half on 2 groundouts.

In the seventh, Welter started on second, went to third a passed ball third strike.  She scored on a throwing error.  Katelyn Streeter walked and advanced to third on the same error.  Streeter scored on Kern's RBI single.  Kern scored on Cauble's RBI double.

Kaylee Payne picked up the complete game win.  She was charged with 1 earned run on 2 hits.  She walked 2 and struck out 7.  She improved to 3-0 and the team to 6-0.

Kern went 3-4, with a double, an RBI and 2 runs scored.  Cauble also had 2 hits, including a double and a run driven in.

Coach Jim Eftink said, "The first game against Woodland was a struggle. We weren't very disciplined at the plate and we didn't make adjustments until late in the game. It was very similar to the Advance game from last week."

Oran 8, Doniphan 3

During the opening round of bracket play, the Lady Eagles were pitted against the Doniphan Donettes (1-2).

Oran picked up 3 in the top of the first to jump out on top.  Kern singled, stole second and went to third on Payne's single.  Cauble reached on an infield error that allowed Kern to cross and Payne to advance to third.  Payne scored on Claire Ramsey's groundout.  Cauble scored on another error.

Welter shut down Doniphan through the first three innings, but an error, a walk and a homerun tied the game in the third.

Neither team scored in the fifth.

Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, the Eagle bats came alive.

Ramsey drew a four-pitch walk, Savannah Elfrink came in to run.  She moved to second on Welter's single to left and scored on an error on the play.  Macy Senciboy ran for Welter.  Kenzie Graviett beat out a bunt, moving Senciboy to third, who would score on a wild pitch.  Graviett had stolen second and moved to third on that same wild pitch.  She scored on Maddie Graviett's sacrifice fly.

That made the score 6-3 and the Eagles weren't done yet.

Katelyn Streeter walked, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Kern's suicide squeeze that turned into a single when she beat it out.  She advanced on a wild pitch, then stole third, before scoring on Payne's groundout.  Cauble singled just before the time limit expired.

"We played better against the Donettes but we were nowhere near the team we had been all week. We played better than we did against Woodland but we had to work to win this game. Streeter and Kern did pull off our first squeeze play of the year. That was a bright spot in a game that was very tight, it was tied up 3-3 in the sixth inning," commented Eftink.

Kern, Payne and Welter all had 2 hits.  Kern crossed the plate twice.

Welter tossed all 6 to pick up the win, her fourth of the year.  She allowed 3 runs, only 2 earned on 3 hits.  She gave up 1 walk while striking out 6.

Oran 12, Woodland 1

The Lady Eagles scored early and often in the rematch with their pool-play opponent in the quarterfinal round.

Payne tripled with one out.  She scored on Jessie Long's two-out single.  Long scored on Ramsey's double.  Ramsey scored the third run when Welter's misplayed fly ball.

Two more scored in the second.

Elfrink doubled to lead off the inning, moved to third on Streeter's sacrifice bunt.  Kern reached on an infield error, but Elfrink could not score. Not then.  But she did when she and Kern executed a double-steal.  Kern came home on a single by Payne to make it 5-0.

Oran put the game away in the third.

Ramsey doubled, Welter singled, pinch-hitter Taylor Lowes singled, Elfrink walked.  Kern singled with one down, Payne triple, Cauble singled and the Eagles were up 11-1.

One more run would score in the fourth.

Lowes doubled and came across on an outfield error on a ball hit by Streeter.  She was the last batter before the time limit expired.

Coach Eftink talked about the game, "Maybe the weather had something to do with our sluggish performance in the first two games--because the temps finally warmed up so did our bats."

"Also, I want to give a shout out to Taylor Lowes in that game. She's kinda caught up in a numbers game right now when it comes to playing time but she got a chance to play in this game and ended up with a couple of hits. She's a  player who will make her impact felt in the future."

Payne finished 3-3 with 2 triples, 2 runs and an RBI.  Ramsey was 2-2, with a double, a run driven in and scored twice.

Welter (5-0) went the distance.  She gave up 2 hits, 1 unearned run, walked 2 and struck out 3.

Oran 6, Bernie 2

Oran trailed for the first time this season when the Mules had a two-out single followed by a triple in the top of the first.

The Eagles came right back with a two-out rally of their own in the bottom half of the inning.  Cauble singled and came home on Long's double.

Oran plated 5 in the third.

Streeter singled to lead off the frame. Kern singled, Payne singled to drive in Streeter.   Cauble walked. Payne scored on Long's single.  Cauble came home on a passed ball.  Long moved around to third on passed balls and scored when Ramsey reached on an error. Welter doubledm to drive in Ramsey.

Bernie scored a run in the fourth after a one-out walk and a double.

The game was called after 4 1/2 because of darkness and the Eagles improved to 9-0 on the season while claiming the tournament championship.

Long was 2-2 with a double and 2 RBI's.

Payne picked up the five-inning win allowing 4 hits 2 runs, both earned.  She walked 1 and struck out 7.  She improved to 4-0.

Coach Eftink said, " Jessie Long came up with a big two-out hit to tie things up. Then we kinda put the game away in the third when we tacked on five runs, most of those coming through some aggressive base running by our speed players including Macy Senciboy,  who is a big weapon for us as a pinch runner off the bench. She's fast and aggressive on the bases and she's just got good instincts when it come to base running."

Eftink concluded, "All in all a good day in what could have been a letdown game after Friday's' big win against Kennett. We need a little rest now as we have some bumps and bruises from five games in 24 hours. We have Sunday off and I plan on a light workout Monday. Tuesday, another showdown against Naylor, a team that has been a thorn in our sides in both softball and basketball for several years now. Sam gets the start on Tuesday."


Lady Eagles pick up signature win

The Oran High School softball team picked up a big win on Friday by defeating the Kennett Lady Indians 4-1 on the road.  Kennett won the spring softball state championships in 2014 and 2015.  They reached the quarterfinal round and defeated the Lady Eagles twice last year.

This year, however, Oran used the long ball and shut-down pitching from their underclassmen to pick up the win.

In the third, freshman Kaylee Payne hit a solo shot, her first of the year, to give Oran a 1-0 lead.

In the fifth, sophomore Leah Cauble hit a two-run blast to make it 3-0.

Meanwhile freshman Sam Welter allowed only 1 run, on back-to-back doubles in the 5th.

The Eagles picked up some insurance in the seventh when Payne scored from first on Cauble's single to set the final score.

Welter went all 7 to pick up the win. She is now 3-0.  She allowed 3 hits, 1 earned run while walking 2 and striking out 2.

Coach Jim Eftink said, "Sam was matched up against an elite pitcher and a tough lineup and she showed what she's made of.  That girl has nerves of steel."

At the plate, Cauble was 2-4 with the home run, 3 RBI's.

Eftink said, "Leah hit another homer which was the game changer. Her two-run shot gave us a lead and allowed us to do some things that we probably wouldn't have done without a three-run lead."

Payne was 2-3, homered, scored twice and drove in one.

Eftink commented, "Kaylee really gave us a boost when she hit her first career home run. And some of the plays she made at short were spectacular. We couldn't have won this game without her defense. Her base running was a big factor as well. Anytime you have someone score from first base on a single is huge.  That was our fourth run and it really swung the momentum of the game."

Sydney Kern was 2-4 with a double and Maddie Graviett had 2 hits in 3 at-bats.

"A strong day at the plate by both Maddie and Sydney. Both had a pair of hits and kept the pressure on Kennett. The lineup from top to bottom continues to produce," said Eftink.

"What a big win.  This group of girls is truly amazing," Eftink added.

Oran improved to 5-0 heading into Saturday's Puxico Invitational Tournament.

This was Kennett's Coach's quote the day before the game

Baseball comeback

The Oran High School Eagles found themselves in a big hole Friday afternoon at Class 4 Kennett, trailing 6-1 heading into the fifth inning.  But somehow they managed to claw back and eventually win 7-6 in 8 innings.

Both teams scored a run in the first, but in the third, the Indians pushed across five runs.  With two outs and the bases loaded, Layne Johnson came in in relief of starter Drew Reischman.  Johnson was able to get out the inning when he recorded a strike out.  He would hold Kennett at bay the rest of the way while the Eagle bats started to heat up.

Reischman led off the fifth with a single.  After advancing to second on a wild pitch he scored on Johnson's triple to right.  Johnson scored on Clay Sauceda's double to the base of the fence in left-center.  Denver Elfrink reached on a fielder's choice, moved over to second on an errant pick-off attempt.  Elfrink hustled home on an infield throwing error to cut the deficit to 6-4.

In the sixth, Drew Mitchem led off with a single to left, Jacob Shoemaker beat out a bunt.  Both came home on Reischman's double to right-center to tie the game at 6.

Meanwhile, on the mound, through the sixth, Johnson retired 10 of the 11 he faced, allowing only a two-out walk in the fifth.  He struck out the first four batters.

Johnson had to work out of a jam in the bottom of the seventh, though.  A lead-off double put the potential winning run in scoring position.  An intentional walk followed to set up a possible double-play.  A groundball back to the pitcher turned into a force play at third to retire the lead runner for the first out of the inning.  After a groundout moved both runners up a base, a walk loaded the bags.  Johnson escaped unscathed with an inning-ending strikeout.

In the eighth, Reischman singled with one-out. his fourth hit of the day.  He went to second on a wild pitch and to third on Johnson's sac bunt.  He scored the go-ahead run on Cole Priggel's slow-rolling seeing-eye single into right.

Johnson gave up a one-out single, the runner stole second but the next batter struck out and then the next hit a fly ball to right that Elfrink gloved to seal the victory.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "That was a very good win against a quality baseball program.  We had one bad inning where Drew lost his control a little but we didn't get down and continued to battle back.  Layne came in and shut them down while our hitters continued to inch us back into the game.  It's really good to see us fight back and never give up. The kids have always done that.  I saw a few times last year and of course again with our basketball team during our state playoff run."

Reischman went the first 2 2/3, allowed 6 runs (4 earned) on 4 hits, he walked 2 and hit 4.  He recorded 1 strikeout and threw 61 pitches.  Johnson got the win, he is now 2-0.  He went 5 1/3 and gave up only 2 hits, he walked 3 (1 intentional) and struck out 8 on 85 pitches.

Reischman was 4-5 at the plate with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored.  Johnson was 3-3 with a triple and an RBI.  Priggel was 2-5 and drove in 2.

The Eagles are now 3-0 and will be back in action on Monday when they host conference and district foe Delta at 4:30.

Track and Field breaks records

The Oran High School boys and girls track and field teams competed in their second meet on Friday.  The Eva Hinshaw Memorial at East Prairie was scheduled for Thursday but was postponed one day due to inclement weather.  During the event, two school records were broken and one was tied.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "I thought we competed very well at this meet."

Bradley Brooks broke his own school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.77 to finish 5th overall.  He also finished 5th the 200-meter at 24.22.  In the long jump, he had a leap of 19-1 which was good enough to finish second.

On Bradley's accomplishments, Coach  Evans said, " Bradley ran his fastest 100 time ever and did a great job finishing 2nd in long jump which is something he doesn't get a chance to really even practice."

Madison Ramsey also set a new OHS mark in the 1600-meter.  Her time was 6:21 and she finished fourth.  She medaled by taking third in the 800-meter with a time of 2:54.42.

Coach Evans had this to say about Ramsey, "Maddog ran 7 seconds faster in the 800 and showed great endurance running the 1600 as well."

Savannah Below tied the school mark in the high jump at 4-4 and that was good for a fourth-place finish.  She was seventh in the 300M Hurdles (1:01.03), eighth in the 100M Hurdles (26.31) and eighth in the Long Jump (12-8-1/2).

The 4x200M team of Morgan Kern, Cassie Cochran, Jacey Brant and Heather Gosche finished finished 5th at 2:14.14.

Evans said, "Savannah placed in the high jump, her first time ever doing it and also ran well in the hurdles and placed in the long jump. Our relay team is getting better, we just need to master the handoffs."

The girls finished 9th out of 12 teams with 21 points.  The boys were also 9th with 16 points.  There were 11 boys squads.

Their next meet is Monday at Kelly.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Baseball beats Blue Jays

The Oran High School boys baseball team never trailed in its matchup against the visiting Oak Ridge Blue Jays yesterday.  The Eagles won 12-2 in five innings.

Oran scored once in the first.

Layne Johnson singled to right with one out, stole second and then crossed the plate on Clay Sauceda's two-out single back up the middle.

In the second, the Eagles batted 10 and scored 5 without recording a hit.  Oran benefitted from six walks and an error to blow the game open. It was 6-0 after 2.

Clay Sauceda had a two-out two-RBI single in the third as the Eagles tacked on 3 more.

It looked like Oran would pick up that big 10th run in the fourth after Todd Priggel led off with a double and two walks followed to load the bases with none out.  But, the next three were retired.

Oak Ridge finally got on the board in the top of the fifth against Cole Priggel, who was making his high school pitching debut.  The Blue Jays scored two unearned runs thanks to a couple of Eagle errors and three walks.  Denver Elfrink, also making his debut on the mound, had come in with the bases loaded and two down.  One of the walks was his and one of the errors occurred during his time too.

In the bottom of the 5th Oran finally got that magical 10 run margin.

Cole Priggel beat out an infield single and went to second on a throwing error.  Sauceda walked and Denver Elfrink was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no one out.  Todd Priggel was nicked by the ball to force in Priggel. Wyatt Kinney, who was the courtesy runner for Sauceda, crossed the plate on a ground ball double play.  Then, with a 2-2 count, Drew Mitchem hit a line drive double to the left field fence that Drove Elfrink home from second to end the game.

Cole picked up the win for the 2-0 Eagles.  He went 4 2/3, allowed only the 2 unearned runs, no hits, walked 3 and struck out 6.  Elfrink went 1/3 and issued a walk.  The two first-time hurlers combined for a five-inning no-hitter.

Sauceda was 2-2 with 4 runs driven in.  Reischman, Johnson, Todd Priggel and Mitchem each added an RBI.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "I feel that it's good to come out with a win. I wasn't really pleased with our approach at the plate at times.  We need to figure out how to get a job done and get a run in. We had the bases loaded with no outs with our 9-1-2 hitters up and we didn't score. I felt like we were fortunate that they walked us so many times cause we didn't really have too many great at-bats today. But it's early in the season and we will address that in our next practice."

The Eagles will host the Malden GreenWave today at 4:30, weather permitting.

Lady Eagles pummel Oak Ridge

Usually, when talking about OHS athletics the letters "OE" refer to Oran Eagles, yesterday they took on a new meaning for the Oran Lady Eagles softball team; Offensive Explosion.

Oran sent 15 batters to the plate in the first to take a 12-0 lead against the visiting Oak Ridge Blue Jays.  The Eagles scored 5 more in the 2nd and claimed a 17-0 3-inning mercy rule victory.

Jessie Long had a monster day at the plate, she hit two 3-run home runs and added a single.  She totaled 7 RBIs.  Claire Ramsey also went yard (back-to-back with Long in the first) and added two singles and 2 runs driven in.  Leah Cauble drove in three.

Coach Jim Eftink told the blog, "Jessie had a career day. Those two homers jumped off her bat! You knew they were gone when she made contact. She also looked good behind the plate in her first start as catcher this season."

He added, "Claire's bat also came alive. You knew it was only a matter of time for her. She also homered today--going back to back with Jessie. I think this is the first time we've had a three-homer game since last season against Kennett. Claire had two in that game."

Kaylee Payne picked up the win in the circle.  She was just a full-count ball four away from a perfect game.  She finished with a three-inning no-hitter to pick her second win in as many starts.   She struck out 6 for the Lady Eagles, who improved to 4-0.

On the pitching performance, Eftink said, "Another solid performance by Kaylee on the mound. No hits over three innings. I think there were only three balls put in play. She got the other six outs by strikeouts. Can't say enough about our two freshmen pitchers. They are getting the job done."

The Lady Eagles will be back in action on Friday when they travel to Kennett to take on the perennial powerhouse Lady Indians at 4:30.  It will be a softball/baseball doubleheader.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

What's happenin' (3/27-4/1)

Oran High School athletics has a busy week scheduled as long as the weather cooperates.

On Tuesday, the 3-0 softball team will travel to take on the Puxico Indians.  Puxico enters the week at 0-1.

Wednesday will see a home baseball/softball doubleheader as Oran will host Oak Ridge.  For the 1-0 baseball team, it will be the home-opener.  The Blue Jays are 1-2.  The Lady Jays are 0-4.

Baseball will be home again on Thursday when Malden comes to town.  The GreenWave enter the week at 1-2.  Also that day, the track and field teams will compete at East Prairie.  The track meet starts at 4 pm.

Friday will have another baseball/softball double-dip.  This time the games will be in Kennett. The host's baseball team starts this week 2-2 and the softball team is 1-0.

All softball and baseball games mentioned start at 4:30.

On Saturday, softball will participate in the Puxico Lady Indians Invitational.  The tourney details and bracket are posted below.  For some reason, it appears that no matter the result of game 1 (and there is only one pool game)  Oran will play Woodland again in the first round of bracket play.  The Cardinals are 2-2 entering this week.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Track and field competes

Oran's track and field teams opened its season on Thursday with an open meet at East Prairie.  While no medals or team results were kept, Madison Ramsey came in third place in the 800M with a time of 3:01.24.

On the boys' side, Bradley Brooks was the only Eagle competitor.  He ran the 100M in 12.18, the 200M in 24.84 and the long jump with a leap of 16' 6 1/4".

Several girls participated in the 100M.  Ramsey topped Oran's team with a 15.0 followed by Savannah Below at 15.21, Heather Gosche was next at 15.25, then Cassie Cochran at 15.54 and Morgan Kern at 16.0.

Gosche ran the 200m in 31.2.

The 4x200 relay team of Kern, Below, Cochran and Gosche finished with at time of 2:09.63.

Below competed in the Long jump with a distance of 11' 8 1/2" and the Triple jump 26' 2".

Track coach Ethan Evans said, "I was pleased with the way we performed in our first track meet. It was the first meet ever for all of our girls and they did very well. Bradley also ran close to his times from last year."

They will be back in action next Thursday at 4 pm once again at East Prairie.

Eagles win opener

The Oran High School baseball team turned a close game into a rout yesterday by scoring 9 runs in the final two innings to pick up a 13-3 victory at Bloomfield in their first game of the season.

The Eagles led 4-3 heading into the 5th but tacked on 5 runs and 4 more in the 6th to win the mercy-rule contest.

Drew Reischman led off with a double to right-center to start the game.  Layne Johnson drove him home with an RBI single to left.

The Wildcats tied it up in their half of the first.

The score was still 1-1 heading into the third.

Reischman started the inning with a single to left, Johnson tripled to center. Cole Priggel then doubled down the line in left to make the score 3-1.  Priggel advanced to third on a passed ball and then scored on a perfectly executed one-out squeeze play by Denver Elfrink.

It was 4-1 heading to the bottom of the third.

Bloomfield used a walk, an error, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to cut the margin to 1, 4-3 in their half.

That was the score heading into the fifth inning when  Priggel reached on an infield error.  He came home after Clay Sauceda hit a triple to the deepest part of center field.  Wyatt Kinney entered as the courtesy runner and jogged home an out later after Todd Priggel hit a towering home run to right.

After a pitching change, Drew Mitchem and Jacob Shoemaker both walked with 2 outs.  Both also advanced on a wild pitch.  Mitchem would score on Reischman's single, moving Shoemaker to third. Johnson was hit by a pitch and then Shoemaker scored the fifth run of the frame on a wild pitch during Cole Priggels' second at-bat of the inning.

Johnson, who had gotten the start on the mound, was relieved by Sauceda to start the bottom of the 5th.  Sauceda faced the minimum thanks, in part, to a nice play by Elfrink in the 5th.  A one-out single to right made it to the fence, but when the Wildcat runner tried to advance to second, Elfrink threw a strike to Reischman, covering the bag, to gun him down by 4 steps.

Then, the Eagles finished out the scoring in the sixth.

Back to back walks to Sauceda and Elfrink and a wild pitch had runners on second and third. Todd Priggel then hit a hard ground ball past the drawn-in infield into right to plate both.  Austin Eftink drew a walk and a passed ball had runners on second and third again, this time with two outs, when Reischman picked up his fourth hit of the game, this time a 2-RBI double.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "It was nice to come out and swing the bats well in the 1st game. We still made a few mistakes during the game that I thought we shouldn't have with an experienced team.  But, like I told them after the game that this was our first game and some mistakes were going to happen and we just have to learn from them and get better"

Reischman went 4 of 5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI and scored twice.  Todd Priggel was 2-4 with a home run, 4 runs driven in and crossed the plate twice.  Johnson was 2 of 4 with a triple, 2 RBI and also scored 2 runs at the plate, on the mound he picked up the victory.  He tossed 4 innings, gave up 3 runs (1 earned) walked 6 and struck out 5.

Coach Bicking talked about the pitching, " Layne didn't have his best stuff or much control but he battled and held them in check and gave us a chance to win. Being his first outing that's all we can ask for.  It was nice to see Clay have quick work in his two innings pitched."

Sauceda pitched 2 innings, gave up 1 hit and struck out 2.  At the plate, Sauceda was 1-2 with a triple.  His courtesy runner, Kinney added 2 runs.  Cole Priggel was 1-4 with a double, a stolen base and he too scored twice.

The Eagles totaled 10 hits on the day and 7 were for extra bases.

Oran will return to the field next Wednesday for their home-opener.  It will be a baseball/softball doubleheader against Oak Ridge.  First pitches are scheduled for 4:30.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lady Eagles improve to 3-0

The Oran High School softball team won their third straight game to open the season this afternoon at Advance, defeating the Hornets 11-0.

Oran scored a run in the top of the first, Sydney Kern reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on Leah Cauble's double.  Clare Ramsey hit a vicious line drive that was snared by the pitcher and the inning fizzled.

In fact, the Eagles would not get a runner past first base the next three innings.

On the slow start, Coach Jim Eftink said, "It took us a while to get going. Their starting pitcher was a little unorthodox and she had us flustered."

Meanwhile, Sam Welter had a bend but don't break mentality in the pitcher's circle as the home team had two runners in the first and third, but they could not get a runner past second base.  In fact, Advance did not get a runner past 2nd the whole game and only had one baserunner after the third inning.  That was a two-out single in the sixth.

Finally, in the fifth, Oran got going as they batted 13.  They scored 8 runs on 8 hits and were helped by 2 Hornet errors and a base on balls.  The biggest at-bats came from Ramsey, who drove in 2 with a double to left and Kenzie Graviett who plated 2 on a squeeze play before she was thrown out trying to advance to second.

In the seventh, Malia Legrand was hit by a pitch, Kern laced a line drive that got past the left-fielder allowing Legrand to score and Kern advance all the way to third.  Kaylee Payne singled Kern home to wrap up the scoring.

Welter went the distance in the circle.  She allowed only 4 hits, a walk while striking out 5.

Regarding Welter, Eftink said, "Sam had a seven-inning shutout and with her change up not working that well she made due with her other pitches."

Eftink also praised the defense of two of his players, "Kudos to Kenzie Graviett who stepped up to start her first game at third base. She had quite a game. Looked solid over there. I'm very proud of her.  Also, Sydney had a very good game out in center. She made a couple of running catches.  She and Kenzie were gold ball winners."

At the plate, Cauble went 3-4, with a double and an RBI.  Kern was 3-5 and scored 3 runs.  Kenzie Graviett was 2-4 with 2 runs driven in and Payne drove in 2 while going 1-4.  Maddie Graviett added 2 hits in four at bats.

Eftink said, "Leah had another big game at the plate. She's off to a great start."

"Up next for us is a trip to Puxico. Kaylee will get the start over there."

That game is Tuesday at 4:30.

A message from high school principal, Adam Friga

Recently the Oran Girls and Boys basketball teams were able to accomplish a historical feat by earning a trip to the final four in the same season.

If you were not able to make the games, let it be known that our student-athletes were the epitome of 1st class in all their actions.  Our kids and coaches were respectful, well behaved, appreciative and they even had some fun doing it.

While all these qualities make us proud to be an Oran Eagle, it would be a huge understatement if we did not recognize ALL those in the community/school that equally contribute to our great school.

Community support, hard work, pride, and treating each other like family is a staple in making Oran Schools the best in the state.  While a Thank You for the TREMENDOUS amount of support during our final four run this year is in order.  THANK YOU.  An even bigger THANK YOU is in order for your unwavering support through the test of time.

It is no accident Oran R-III schools remains top notch due to your commitment to the school's betterment.  On behalf of Oran Schools, we sincerely appreciate it all.

Oran Eagle Pride,
Adam Friga