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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

Friday, April 13, 2018

Track and Field competes in Hinshaw Invitational

The Oran High School track and field teams competed in the Eva Hinshaw Invitational meet yesterday at East Prairie.  It is perhaps the largest invitational of the season.

The boys finished with 18 points good for 11th out of 17.  The girls had 7.25 placing them 15 out 18.

Eagles finishing in the top eight included:

Langdon Scheeter 3rd 1600 Meter Run 5.16.53
Langdon Scheeter 3rd   800 Meter Run 2.18.65
Tyson Goodale 4th Long Jump 5-06.00  (Tied school record)
Boys 4x100 Meter Relay 6th 48.85 (New School record)
(Kaiden Massey, Tyson Goodale, Waylon Shaffer & Bradley Brooks)
Girls 4x200 Meter Relay 6th 2.10.71
(Macey Senciboy, Savannah Hewitt, Cassidy Cochran & Savannah Below)
Madison Ramsey 7th 1600 Meter Run 6.52.58
Savannah Below High Jump 7th  4-04.00
Savannah Below Long Jump 8th  13-09.50
Girls 4x100 Meter Relay 8th 1.03.19
(Morgan Kern, Macey Senciboy, Leah Urhahn & Jada Tyler)

They will be back in action Monday at the Chaffee open.

Softball defeats Advance

For the second time this year, the Oran High School softball team defeated the visiting Lady Hornets from Advance.  Yesterday, the Lady Eagles won 7-3.  Earlier, in a game played in March,  Oran picked up a 14-4 road victory.

In yesterday's home contest.  Oran never trailed.

The hosts' scored two in the first.

Sydney Kern opened up with a walk, she stole second and scampered home on Kaylee Payne's triple.  Payne would score on Samantha Welter's two-out single.

In the second inning, three more Eagles would cross.

Maddie Graviett led off with a single.  She scored on Abbey Madigan's double.  Starting pitcher Alyssa Spane bunted her to third.  Kern drove Madigan home with a single.  With two outs Claire Ramsey hit a double to right to score Kern,  Ramsey was out trying to stretch it into a triple.

Oran tacked on another run in the third.  Jessie Long drilled an 0-2 pitch over the left field fence.

Coach Jim Eftink said of the blast, "Jessie made a statement early when she hit her bomb.  You knew that one was gone when it left the bat."

Meanwhile, in the circle, Spane had allowed only one base runner.  That runner reached on an error.

But in the fourth, Advance used a lead-off walk, back to back singles, a groundout and another single to plate two.

Welter took over in the fifth.  She allowed an unearned run on two singles and an error to make the score 6-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth.

The Eagles wasted little time getting that run back.  Claire Ramsey hammered the ball out of the park toward left field to make it 7-3.

Eftink said, "Claire got her first homer later in the game and it was also a pretty good shot.  A line drive shot that just kept going. We needed that too, it put us up by four runs."

Advance stranded one in the seventh.

The coach said, " It was a nice bounce-back win for us. The ladies came out ready to play."

"We’ve still got to tighten up some things on defense but with the weather affecting our schedule, it’s hard to stay sharp. Hopefully, we can take care of those things now that we’re seeing warmer weather,"  he added.

Spane improved to 2-0, going four innings.  She allowed two runs, both earned on three hits.  She walked one and struck out four.  Welter went the final three.  She allowed one unearned run on three hits.  She walked one and struck out one.

 Ramsey was the only Eagle with more than one hit, she was two for three with a pair of runs driven in.

Oran improved to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in district competition.

The Lady Eagles travel to New Madrid County Central on Tuesday.  First pitch is 4:30 pm.

Baseball wins fourth straight

The Oran High School baseball team defeated visiting district foe Advance yesterday in coming from behind fashion 5-3 to win its fourth decision in a row.  Three of those wins have seen the Eagles rally to take the lead.

Yesterday, the Hornets scored an unearned run in the first after a lead-off walk, a bloop single and an error off of starter Layne Johnson.  But, the Eagles caught a runner trying to advance home on a potential wild pitch and Johnson struck out two batters to get out of the early jam allowing only the single tally.

Coach Joe Bickings said, " We were able to limit the damage and only allow one run and if you can limit the teams you play to only scoring one run in the innings they score and avoid the crooked number you will have a chance to stay in the game."

"I didn't think Layne had his best stuff on the mound, but he was able to battle and give us a chance to stay in the game," he added.

Oran had their own chance in the second.

After going one, two, three in the first, despite a couple of hard-hit balls.  Cole Priggel worked a one-out walk.  Denver Elfrink singled to left.  Priggel tried to go first to third but was thrown out on a head-first slide.  Elfrink went to second on the throw.  Ty Johnson reached on an infield error, putting two-on with two-out.  But both were stranded.

The Eagles caught a break in the third.  Advance singled with one-out, and following a fielders' choice force-out at second,  the next batter hit a shot to left-field.  It bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double, forcing the runner to stop at third. After a walk, Johnson struck out the next to end the threat.

Oran was able to dent the scoreboard in the bottom half of the third inning.

After a lead-off walk, a force-out and a balk (one of four called during the game) and a strikeout Layne Johnson was at second base with two down.  Drew Reischman and Clay Sauceda drilled back-to-back two-out RBI doubles to make it 2-1.  Sauceda's courtesy runner, Dane Shands jogged home on another balk.  The Eagles led 3-1.

That's how it stood until the sixth.

Johnson had retired eight in a row, striking out five of the eight, before allowing a lead-off home run to make it 3-2.  He then struck out two of the next three with a groundout in between, to get his team to the plate.

Elfrink was hit by a pitch to start things off,  he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ty Johnson.  Kole Simms then smashed the ball over the left-field fence to make it 5-2. Layne Johnson and Todd Priggel singled with two-outs, but Oran could do no further damage.

Layne Johnson, who had nearly reached his max pitch count was relieved by Sauceda in the seventh.

A lead-off single greeted Sauceda, after a sac bunt.  the Hornets had a runner on second with one out.  Sauceda was tagged with a balk, moving the runner to third.  A pop-out to Luke Patterson was the second out.  But, during the next at-bat, another balk was called, allowing the runner to score.  A dropped third-strike brought the potential tying run to the plate with two down.  Sauceda induced him to hit a routine fly ball to left.  And the Oran had improved to 6-3.

Coach Bickings said, "The game was a hard-fought win for us.  We knew Advance was going to be tough and come ready to play."

Layne Johnson went six innings to pick up the win, he is now 3-1.  He allowed four hits, two runs, only one earned.  He walked two and struck out 11.  Sauceda (0-0) picked up his first save of the season.  He allowed one earned run on one hit.  He did not walk a batter.  He struck out one and was charged with two balks.

Sauceda was also two for three at the plate with a run driven in.  Reischman also had an RBI.

Bickings told the blog, " I felt like we hit the ball ok but we had some opportunities to score some runs but were unable to.  You can give most of that credit to Advance’s pitcher.  He was able to keep us off balance with his change-up and curveball.  We need the middle of our order to do a better job of driving in runs when we have the opportunities."

Simms has now had a hit in all four games that he has been the designated hitter.

Bickings added, "One of the bright spots that we had at the plate was Kole Simms' home run.  It’s good to see him step up when given the opportunity.  He has had some big hits for us since he has been inserted into the lineup.  He puts in a lot of time hitting and trying to get better every day."

Previously, the Eagles had rallied to defeat East Prairie last Thursday, then Scott City on Friday before yesterday's come back.

Oran improved to 1-0 in district play and will travel to Chaffee for a conference matchup on Monday at 4:30.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Junior High volleyball concludes season with split

Last Friday, Oran's junior volleyball season finished with a split at home against Bell City.

The seventh grade fell 21-25 and 21-25 to finish at 2-7.  Coach Wibbenmeyer said, "They lost but they looked so much better than at our first game. They were trying to get a bump, set, spike almost everytime! Hallie had one ace and Addie had two aces and one kill."

The eighth grade won 25-21 and 25-20 and wound up 3-7.  The coach added, " It was so much fun to also watch how much they have improved this season. They were also trying to get three hits every time! Rylee had two aces, Liza had a kill, and Hope had two kills. The only thing both team could work on more is talking and working together as a team the whole game. I am very proud of them this season and we will continue to push this summer to get better!"

Softball falters on the road

The Oran High School Lady Eagles softball team lost yesterday at Park Hills Central 9-1.  It was the first regular-season loss for the squad since April 23rd, 2016 in the Scott City Softballfest to West

Oran gave up five runs in the first and two more in the third off of starter Kaylee Payne (3-1), who went the first three innings.

The Rebels used two singles, a double, a groundout a hit batter, a squeeze bunt, two Eagle errors and six stolen bases as they batted around.

Payne had singled with one out in the first but was stranded there.

Claire Ramsey led off the second with a single, but her courtesy-runner Baylee Kern was stranded at second.

Park Hills picked up two more in the third inning with a pair of hits, a groundout and a passed ball.

The Eagles got their lone run in the fourth after Samantha Welter walked, went to third on Ramsey's double and scored on Katelyn Streeter's single.

Alyssa Spane took over in the circle in the bottom of the fourth.  She faced the minimum in that inning despite giving up two singles.  She got a soft line drive that she turned into a double play and then a caught stealing ended the inning.

In the fifth, Park Hills had a single, a fielder's choice and then with two down a home run over the left field fence.

In the sixth, Jessie Long led off with a single, went to second on Ramsey's base on balls, but both were left there.

In the seventh, Sydney Kern and Payne singled with two down but the game ended with them there.

Payne took the loss, her first in her high school career.  She went three innings, giving up seven runs only three earned on six hits.  She walked one and struck out one.  Spane went the final three innings. She gave up two runs both earned.  She allowed four hits.  Did not walk a batter and did not strike out anyone.

Sydney Kern, Payne and Ramsey each had two hits. Streeter had the only RBI.

Coach Jim Eftink had this to say after the game, "It’s always tough to lose but hopefully we learned something valuable from the loss. I think before this game we were getting a little complacent.  We were kinda just going through the motions—coasting along and taking things for granted. But then we met up with a team that wasn’t scared of us and outplayed us in all phases of the game.  I think you’ll see a sense of urgency the next time we take the field. Park Hills is a very good team and you have to bring your 'A' game if you want to beat them.  When we gave up those five runs in the first inning, it took us out of our game—it’s always tough playing from behind."

The Eagles were playing their second game in a row without Leah Cauble who is out with an injury.  Cauble was batting .647 with one home run and nine RBIs.   We hope to find out more about her tomorrow.

Oran fell to 5-1 with the loss to the district opponent.

Oran hosts Advance on Thursday at 4:30.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Baseball clobbers Cardinals

As Oran's softball team was routing the visiting Woodland team with a young pitcher getting her first start, just a short sand-wedge away the same scenario was unfolding as Oran's baseball team was racking up a 17-0 five-inning mercy-rule victory over the Woodland Cardinals.  Freshman Kaden Hargrove got his first varsity spring start to pick up the win.  He made it memorable by tossing a no-hitter and he was just one ball-four away from a perfect game.

The Eagles got all the offense they would need in the first inning.

Layne Johnson could not have used a putter anymore accurately as he dropped a bunt down the third base line for a single.  With one-out, Drew Reischman hit a three-iron laser shot over the left field fence.  It was the team's first home run of the season.

Oran was not satisfied with only two runs, however.

In the second inning, they sent 10 to the plate and pushed six across.

The big blows included a bases-loaded two-RBI double by Jacob Shoemaker and a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double by Todd Priggel.

As big as the second inning was, the third was even bigger.

In that frame, 14 batted and nine runs scored.  The Eagles used four singles, three walks, three hit batters, a fielder's choice and an error.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "It was a good win for us and we were able to get some good weather to play baseball in.  I didn’t think we were ready to play by the way we took in and out so I challenged our kids to jump on them early and keep the gas pedal down.  They responded and we were able to put up some crooked number 3 innings in a row.  It was good to see some of our hitters that have been struggling here of late be able to get some hits and hit the ball hard.

Meanwhile, on the mound, Hargrove had retired all nine he had faced.  He allowed only one ball out of the infield, that a shallow fly to center that Johnson made a nice sliding catch on.

After that long home-half of the third, Hargrove had a little trouble with control.  He walked the first man he faced on a very close 3-2 pitch.  He went full on the next two, before striking them out.  He induced a groundout to third to end the inning.

In the fifth,  he struck out the first two on six total pitches and then got the final out on a nice play he made on a little dribbler up the third base line that looked like it might turn into a hit.

Coach Bickings said, " I can’t say enough about Kaden Hargrove’s pitching performance.  Throwing 65% of his pitches for strikes and 12 first-pitch strikes to the 16 batters he faced is amazing.  The only blemish on his stat sheet was his 1 walk on his way to a no-hitter.  His off-speed pitches were a little erratic at times but he was able to use his fastball to get the batters out."

Hargrove threw only 60 pitches in five innings of work. He struck out six while walking the one.

His defense played errorless behind him.

Priggel went 2-3 and drove in five.  Shoemaker was also 2 for 3 and he had three runs driven in.

Oran improved to 5-3 and now have a three-game winning streak.

They host Advance on Thursday at 4:30 in a key district match up.

Softball whips Woodland

The Oran High School softball team improved to 5-0 with yesterday's 16-0 whitewashing of the visiting Woodland Cardinals.

The Lady Eagles rode the arm of freshman hurler Alyssa Spane, who was making her first varsity start.  She tossed the four-inning shutout.  She allowed only two hits.  She struck out one and did not walk a batter.

The offense gave her plenty of support.

The Eagles batted around on in the first, putting up five runs on the scoreboard.  The big blow, a two-run, two-out single by Maddie Graviett.

Eight came to the plate in the second and three more crossed, on a single, a pair of errors, two walks, a fielders choice and a groundout.

Eight more batted in the third.  An error and a walk were followed by a pinch-hit two-RBI triple by Kennedi McVay.  Two more would score before the innings' final out and the score was 12-0.

Spane led off the fourth with a single.  Mallory Lowes then singled as well.  McVay drew a base on balls to load the bases.  Kaylee Payne reached on an error allowing Spane to score.  Jessie Long hit a bases-clearing double to enact the mercy-rule.

Long finished with three RBIs.  

McVay,  Claire Ramsey, Samantha Welter and Graviett each had two.

Spane had two hits on the day and scored twice.

Payne crossed the plate four times.  Sydney Kern, Lowes, McVay also scored twice.

Coach Jim Eftink said, "This is the best the team has looked all year.  Can’t say anyone had a bad day. We got contributions from everyone."

He added, "I want to congratulate Kennedi, Alyssa and Mallory on their first varsity hits. Those three along with Bailey  (Kern) will be big contributors to the softball program the next four years."

" A couple of things stood out in this game. First Alyssa did an outstanding job in her first start on the mound. And we turned a ground ball double play. Kaylee fielded the ball—tagged second and threw to first. Awesome," he concluded.

The team will be back in action this afternoon at 4:30 as they travel to Park Hills to take on an 8-2 Lady Rebels squad in a key district contest.  Park Hills Central has an enrollment of 531 compared to Oran's 124.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

What's happenin' (4/9-4/14)

It's time for another week of games for Oran High School athletics.

The softball team starts out at 4-0, baseball is 4-3.

On Monday, we have a baseball/softball doubleheader at home starting at 4:30.  Woodland will be in town.  The Lady Cardinals are currently 5-3, the Cardinal baseball team sits at 1-6-1.  It will be a Junior Beta Grill Day!

Tuesday will have the softballers traveling to Park Hills Central to take on a district opponent.  The Lady Rebels start the week at 7-2.  There will also be jayvee innings.  Game time is 4:30.

While the girls head out of town, the junior varsity baseball team will host Portageville, also at 4:30.

 After a day off, the activities will resume on Thursday. 

Track & Field will compete in the Eva Hinshaw Invitational at East Prairie beginning at 4 pm.  While baseball and softball will host Advance at 4:30.  Their baseball team is currently 6-3 while their softball squad is 3-4.  The Lady Eagles won an earlier match up 14-4.  It is a key district contest for the two baseball teams.

Oran's junior varsity baseball squad will have a doubleheader on Saturday as they will travel to Chaffee.  First pitch is scheduled for 10 am.