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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Volleyball Preview

The Oran High School volleyball team will hit the court for the first time Monday night, August 21st when they travel to conference foe Kennett for a 6 pm first serve.

This year's team will try to eclipse last year's 10-14-2 mark that included a first place conference tournament pool finish as well as a first place regular season standing in their division.  They also claimed a victory in the silver division of the Dig for Life tournament at the Show Me Center.  The 10 wins were the most in recent memory.

First-year head coach Amy Wibbenmeyer said, "We started off the summer strong! We hosted a camp for the JV and varsity teams here at school to work on all our fundamentals and push us to the next level. We also hosted a camp for little volleyball players K-8th grade. We had a good turnout for that and all the kids said how much they enjoyed it. We look forward to the season and hope to improve in many areas and push our team to have a better record and make it further in the post-season play."

She will be assisted by Larry Boshell.

The 2017 roster has 3 seniors, 5 juniors, 5 sophomores and 1 freshman including junior Jessie Long who was named to the SEMO South Division All Conference team as a sophomore last season.

The schedule is posted here:

Monday, August 14, 2017

Fall Baseball Preview

School starts on Thursday and baseball will hit the field on Friday.

This year's squad is coming off a 14-5 spring season that ended with their third straight district championship runner-up finish to the eventual state champs, the Bell City Cubs, and a 7-1 record during the fall.

Head Coach, Joe Bickings said he was "very excited to see how we are going to be this year.  We return all but one starter from last year and add 8 new and exciting freshman to the Fall squad.  Our expectations in the fall are to get as many reps as we can in live game situations as possible to get prepared for the Spring season.  I really like our depth in pitching and the way we are swinging the bat in practices.  This should be a really good Fall season for us."

In addition to eight freshmen, the team has four sophomores, three juniors and six seniors for a total of 21 players on the roster.

The 2017 fall campaign will begin on Friday when the Eagles will travel to East Carter County in Ellsinore to take on Ellington at 6 pm.  The Whippets finished second in Class 2 District 2 last year with a 14-10 record.  They were 11-6 the previous fall.

Oran will play two games on Saturday.  The first game will be at 11 am against either the hosts East Carter or West County.  If the Eagles win that game they will play again at 5 pm.  If they lose they play at 3 pm.

A bracket is located here:

This year's roster is as follows:

There will be no radio broadcasts for the fall season.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Third time not charm for Eagles

The 2017 Oran Eagle baseball season ended the same way as the 2015 and 2016 seasons did; with a district championship loss to the Bell City Cubs.  Oran finished the year at 14-5.

Coach Joe Bicking put the year in perspective, "If you just look at how our season ended you would say it was a disappointment.   Losing the district championship for the 3rd year in a row and not being able to accomplish the goals we set out for the team at the beginning of the year I can understand that.  Now if you look at our season as a whole, we were able to do some really good things throughout the year.  A record of 14-5 is nothing to hang your head about.  Let's first look at our 5 losses and who they were against.  Scott City (previous 2 years in Class 3 Final Four),  Portageville (one game away from making it to the Class 3 Final Four and state-ranked), Kelly (always a tough conference opponent and lost 2-1 in eight innings), Poplar Bluff ( Class 5 school that made it to the quarterfinal round), and Bell City (2 time Class 1 defending champions and are making another trip to the Final Four).  All of those losses are tough opponents.  Now we can look at our wins.  Sikeston (class 4 and made it to the quarterfinals), Kennett (Class 4 and are always a quality team and well coached), East Prairie (Class 3 and are a young team that thumped us last year 14-1), & Bell City at their place toward the end of the season.  We had plenty of competition this year and to have the record we had says a lot about how well this team played at times and the potential they have."

The Eagles graduate two from this year's team, Austin Eftink and Wyatt Kinney.

They will return the rest of the roster, including 3 juniors that were named to the Scott-Mississippi All-Conference team-Layne Johnson, Drew Reischman and Clay Sauceda.

Reischman led the club with a .524 batting average and 4 home runs.  He added 26 runs driven in.  On the mound, he was 2-1 with a save and an ERA of 4.35.

Sauceda hit .407, had 2 homers and a team-high 28 rbi.  He finished with a 1-0 mark and had a save.  His ERA was 0.50.

Johnson batted .339 and on the mound, he was 5-3 with a 3.67 ERA.

Bickings said, "Looking into next year, I feel that this team needs to be more consistent throughout the season.  At the beginning of this year, our pitching and defense weren't that great but we were hitting the ball really well.  It seemed as the season went along our hitting started to go down but our pitching and defense were doing well.  If these guys can stay consistent next year, watch out because there could be some really good things that can happen."

Sunday, May 28, 2017

After 1 loss season future looks bright

 "I've coached travel ball and high school going back to the 1990's and this is by far the best team I've ever had. A solid lineup from 1 to 9.  We went 17 and 0 before losing our first game, undefeated in the regular season. When you stop and think about it, that's pretty amazing!" said Coach Jim Eftink recently in looking back at the Oran Eagles' softball season.

The team finished 17-1 losing to Scott City in the district championship game for the second year in a row.  The Eagles had defeated Scott City earlier in the season and they also picked up a win over the Kennett, a team that ended up placing fourth in the state.

Eftink said, "The loss in districts still stings.  If you talked to any player on the team they would tell you how disappointing that was. Still, you can't define a season by one game or really only two innings in that game. This team set a "gold" standard for the future and has solidified a reputation around the state."

"We had some really standout performances. Sam[Welter] and Kaylee[Payne] had big years on the mound, at the plate and on defense. Leah [Cauble], Jessie [Long], Sydney [Kern] and Claire [Ramsey] really stepped up their game. It's unbelievable that they could improve on their stats from the year before. And then we had Maddie [Graviett], Kenzie [Graviett] and Katelyn [Streeter] who became impact players this year. Those three don't really get enough recognition for the contributions they made to our success," he continued.

Eftink stated, "I also need to give a shout out to our bench. There are several girls that would be starting on just about any other team out there. Whether it was Savannah [Elfrink] filling in on the infield or outfield, Taylor [Lowes] and Abbie [Madigan] getting pinch hits or Macy [Senciboy] coming in to steal a base--our bench is more than dependable.  We also had Malia [Legrand], who was hurt most of the year, along with Cammie [Cruz] and Paige [Bradley] who also give us some more options.  There are are some good players who grew in confidence as the season progressed."

Cauble, Payne and Kern were named All-Conference, All-District and All-Region.  Long and Welter were awarded All-Conference honors and All-District, while Ramsey and Streeter were honorable mentions All-Conference and All-District.  Eftink was named Scott-Mississippi Conference coach of the year and the Eagles were the conference champs.

Kern led the team with a .525 batting average, 31 runs and 24 stolen bases.  Cauble batted .518, had 2 home runs, scored 30 runs, drove in 26 and stole 13 bases.  Payne hit .500 with a homer and 8 triples, she also crossed the plate 30 times, had 26 rbi and swiped 13.

As a pitcher, Payne went 7-0 with an ERA of 0.72.

Long hit at a .481 clip with 2 home runs, and a team-high 34 runs driven in.

Welter went 10-1 with a 1.41 ERA in the circle and hit .313 with 2 home runs at the plate.

Ramsey batted .327 with a homer and 13 rbi.  Streeter hit .324.

Oran will lose no one to graduation.

Eftink concluded, "I've talked to several players since the end of the season and they're more than ready to get back at it. We return the whole team and have some freshmen coming in who I've been hearing about for a couple of years now.   I think the team feels we have some unfinished business to take care of and we're determined to get the job done. The future looks very bright for Oran Softball."

Very bright indeed.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Track and Field wrap up

The Eagles' track and field team had three members reach the sectional meet this year.  Each one of the sectional qualifiers also set a school record during the 2017 season.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "It was good to see an increase in numbers this year. We also had 3 athletes advance past districts which was nice. "

Bradley Brooks qualified in Long Jump and earlier in the season set the school mark in the 100 Meter Dash with a time of 11.77.

Savannah Below competed in the High Jump during the sectional and she set the school record with a leap of 4'-8".

Madison Ramsey ran in the 1600 Meter Run the event in which she holds the school's fastest time at 6:21.00.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Baseball falls in district final

For the third consecutive year, the Oran Eagles baseball team has had its season ended by the Bell City Cubs in the district tournament championship game.  Yesterday Oran lost 3-0.  The previous two years the Cubs went on to claim the class 1 state title.

This latest defeat saw wasted opportunities early by the Eagles.  Oran was the visiting team on the scoreboard because Bell City was the number 1 seed.  Drew Reischman led off with a hard-hit single to right.  Layne Johnson laced a double to left.  Reischman got the stop sign at third but stumbled as he rounded, fell down and was tagged out before he could scramble back.  Then, with the shortstop trying to keep Johnson close at second, Clay Sauceda lined a bullet back up the middle but it was gloved by the fielder and he doubled off Johnson. Three hard-hit balls and nothing to show for it.

Meanwhile, in the bottom of inning one, Johnson, the starting pitching got two quick outs.  The first was a little dribbler up the first base line that he barehanded and tossed backhanded to Austin Eftink.  But after a fly out to center, a pitch up in the zone was hammered over the left field fence and the Eagles trailed.

Oran squandered another chance in the second.  Cole Priggel started the frame with a walk and moved to second on Eftink's sacrifice bunt.  Todd Priggel then hit a ground ball that was fielded by the pitcher.  Cole, who was off on contact, was caught in a rundown between 2nd and 3rd.  Todd moved up a base when Denver Elfrink beat out an infield single.  The threat ended when Peyton McVay hit a ground ball to third that was turned into a force out.

The Eagles would not threaten again as the only managed two more base runners the rest of the way.  One was a leadoff walk by Sauceda in the fourth, but he was erased on a one-out double play.  The other was Eftink when he reached on a two-out infield error in the seventh.

The Cubs padded their lead with a pair of runs in the third.  Again, two were out.  This time a runner reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on a single.  Another single drove home the lead runner and the second was able to cross when the ball was bobbled in the outfield.

Johnson (5-3) took the loss for Oran which finishes with a 14-5 mark.  He went all 6 innings, allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 1 walk.  He struck out 6.  He also had the only Eagle extra-base hit.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Eagles advance to district finals

The Oran Eagle baseball team won 4-2 yesterday over the Advance Hornets to earn their way into today's district tournament final against the Bell City Cubs at 4 pm.

Oran scored 3 in the first and 1 more in the second and that would be all they needed as freshman Todd Priggel held the Hornets at bay until a two-out sixth inning two-run homer cut the lead in half.  Clay Sauceda came in and got the final out in the sixth and the first of the seventh, before Drew Reischman picked up the save by striking out the two batters he faced.

Priggel was also 2 for 3 at the plate and drove in 2 runs.  Sauceda and Austin Eftink each had a RBI.

On the mound, Priggel improved his mark to 2-1 with a save. Reischman picked up his first save of the year.

The Eagles will be making their 7th straight district championship appearance.  They are 5-2 in that span having lost the last two appearances to the Cubs.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Track and Field season ends at sectionals

The Track and Field team sent 3 competitors to the Class 1 sectional meet at Lutheran North High School on Saturday.  Although none advanced to next weekend's state meet in Jefferson City a new school record was set.

Savannah Below finished 7th in the High Jump with a leap of 4'8" to break her old OHS mark of 4'6".

Madison Ramsey finished 8th in the 1600 Meter run with a time of 6:31.18 while Bradley Brooks finished 8th in the Long Jump at 16-03.50.

The blog is very proud of the entire OE T&F squad!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

What's happenin' (5/15-5/16)

School ends this week at Oran High School and so will the district baseball tournament.

The 2nd seeded Eagles (13-4) will face the #3 Advance Hornets (10-13) Monday at 4 pm.  Earlier this season Oran picked up a 13-0 victory over the Hornets.

Should Oran prevail, they will play in the championship game Tuesday at 4 pm against the winner of #5 Scott County Central and #1 Bell City.  The Eagles are hosting the tournament.

If Oran would win they would continue play next week in the sectional round.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Eagles rout Rebels!

The Oran Eagles scored 9 runs in the first and rode the no-hit pitching of Cole Priggel as they cruised to an easy 18-0 win over the Richland Rebels.

The second-seeded Eagles sent 13 to the plate in the first and 11 more in the second to remove all doubt as they led 16-0 after two innings over the seventh-seeded Rebels.

Oran banged out 11 hits, got 8 bases on balls, 4 errors, 1 hit batter and 9 wild pitches from 4 Richland pitchers in the win

Cole Priggel was only a hit batsman and an error away from a perfect game as he tossed all five innings as he struck out 4 to improve to 3-0 on the year while the Eagles improved to 13-4.

Clay Sauceda drove in 3, while Drew Reischman and Austin Eftink both had a pair of rbi.   Reischman, Sauceda and Layne Johnson each had two hits.  Johnson had a double and Sauceda added 2.

Every player on the roster saw action.

Oran will be back in action on Monday when they face the #3 seeded Advance Hornets at 4 pm.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Eagles fall in season finale

The Oran High School baseball team lost their final regular season game yesterday at home to the class 5 Poplar Bluff Mules 8-3.

The Eagles gave up 3 unearned runs in the second inning and were never able to recover against the SEMO conference champs.

Drew Reischman made the score 3-1 when he connected on his team-leading fourth home run of the season in the third but Oran could get no closer.

Bluff scored 2 more in the fifth before the Eagles plated two unearned runs of their own in the bottom half.

In that inning, Layne Johnson hit a one-out double in front of a Clay Sauceda base on balls.  Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and when Cole Priggel's ground ball was misplayed, what looked like a double play turned into a pair of gift runs for Oran.

After 5 the score was 5-3 but the Eagles would score no more even though they had chances. They stranded five base runners the final two innings.

Back to back singles by Denver Elfrink and Peyton McVay opened the 6th but no Eagle reached third.  And in the 7th Oran had the bases loaded as the game came to an end.

The Mules, however, blasted two out of the yard in the 6th and picked up an insurance tally in the 7th to claim the five-run victory.

Elfrink had a two-hit game for the Eagles, who are now 12-4.

Todd Priggel (1-1, 1 save) was the tough-luck loser as he went the first 2 innings and gave up the 3 unearned runs on 3 hits, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.  Reischman went the next four frames allowing 4 earned runs on 5 hits.  He walked 2 and struck out 6. Sauceda worked the final inning. He gave up 1 unearned run on 1 hit and 1 walk.

Oran will now begin the postseason as they host the upcoming Class 1 District 2 tournament that starts on Saturday.  The Eagles are the number 2 seed and will face the seventh-seeded Richland Rebels at 2 o'clock.  That game will not be carried on the radio.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Eagles hold off Cubs

The Oran Eagles baseball team managed only 2 hits yesterday but were given 10 walks and that was enough to squeak out a 3-2 victory on the road over the Bell City Cubs.

The game between the two district rivals was played after the tournament seed meeting had taken place, with the Cubs getting the top ranking and the Eagles the second, meant little more than school pride.

Oran took the lead early as the first 3 Eagles reached via walks and Cole Priggel, who got the start on the mound, drove in Drew Reischman with a ground out to second.  The other two runners were stranded.

Priggel had to work out of a jam in the bottom half of inning number one.  He walked a batter with one out and then induced a ground ball for a force out.  A single put runners on first and second.  Another single off shortstop Reischman's glove allowed the lead runner to head for home.  Reischman was able to gun him out on a bang-bang play, thanks in large part to a nice diving tag by catcher Clay Sauceda.

Oran added to its lead in the second.  Two more walks opened the frame and Reischman drove in Denver Elfrink with a one-out double off the base of the center field fence.  Sauceda then scored Wyatt Kinney with a bloop single to right.  A double play followed and once again the Eagles left 2 on base.

Oran's bats were silent the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, Bell City picked up 2 unearned runs in the fifth.  A two-out single drove in runners that had reached on single and an error to start that half inning.  Sauceda relieved Priggel and he retired the first four he faced to get the game to the seventh.

The Cub's number nine hitter singled to open the last inning and Sauceda was replaced by Todd Priggel.  He was able to get a ground ball to first, where Austin Eftink stepped on the bag, threw over the runner's head to Reischman at second who put the tag on and suddenly there were two outs on no one on.  But, then a single was followed by a walk to put the potential winning run on base with the clean-up batter coming to the plate.  He hit a ground ball towards third, where Cole Priggel was playing, and Cole was able to make a diving tag on the lead runner to end the game.

Cole Priggel got the win to improve to 2-0.  He went 4 2/3 innings, gave up 2 unearned runs on 5 hits.  He walked 2 and struck out 1.  Sauceda went 1 1/3 innings.  He allowed 1 hit while striking out 1.  Todd Priggel picked up the save, the first of his career.  He worked 1 inning, he gave up a hit and a walk.

Reischman, Sauceda and Cole Priggel each had a rbi.  Reischman had the game's only extra-base hit with his double.

The defense, while committing 3 errors, did turn 2 double plays and got the runner out at home.

Oran improved to 12-3 and will host class 5 Poplar Bluff on Wednesday at 4 pm.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Gatorade and Sunflower Seeds

On Friday, May 5th, the Oran High School chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes provide treats for the softball and baseball teams in advance of their Saturday games, they also had a tasty send-off for their two senior members, Gabby Krapf and Jesslyn Senciboy.


The Oran High School Lady Eagle softball season came to end on Saturday when they lost in the district championship game against the Scott City Rams 11-9 in Advance.  Oran finished the season 17-1.

The game, which started on Wednesday before it was suspended after two innings due to wet field conditions, saw the Eagles jump out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first.  Sydney Kern led off with an infield single, that was followed by a Kaylee Payne triple.  Leah Cauble was hit by a pitch and then stole second.  Payne scored on a wild pitch and Cauble moved to third.  Claire Ramsey and Cauble then executed a safety squeeze to put Oran up by 3.

Scott City came right back however as they followed a lead-off home run with a walk, 2 errors and another walk to chase the Eagle starter, Sam Welter.  Payne took over and allowed a single and 2 walks, before a pop out on the infield and then a nifty 1-2-3 double play ended the inning but 5 Rams had crossed.

The Eagles wasted a lead-off single by Kenzie Graviett in the bottom of the second and the game was stopped due to the rain and wet conditions.

When the game resumed on Saturday, Welter was back in the circle.  She retired six straight during the third and fourth innings and only allowed a walk to start the fifth before two ground ball outs and an infield pop out.

Meanwhile, Oran's offense mounted a comeback in their half of the third.  Three singles in a row by Payne, Cauble and Jessie Long tied the game at 5.

The Eagles took the lead in the fifth.  Katelyn Streeter worked a full-count walk with one out, stole second and came home on Kern's rbi single.  Kern was out trying to advance to second, however.  Payne then hit her second triple of the game and came home on Cauble's single up the middle.  Oran led 7-5 heading into the sixth.

But, much like the second inning, the Rams scored 5 to take the lead 10-5.  This time they had 4 walks, 2 singles and a double.

They added an insurance run in the seventh on 2 hit batsmen, and 2 walks, before Graviett came in to get the final out.

Oran refused to go quietly, however, as 4 consecutive hits plated 2.  Cauble doubled, went to third on Long's bloop single to right.  Ramsey singled to score Cauble and advance Long to second.  A Welter double scored Long and the Eagles had the potential winning run at the plate with no one out, but the next three went down in order to end the game and the season.

Coach Jim Eftink said, "I can't say enough about the comeback in the seventh inning. A lot of heart was shown there. Down by four runs and the ladies didn't give up. We had some big hits in the seventh that put us in a position to tie things up. We had the tying run at second when the game ended. This group will not ever give up and will fight to the very last out.  It was important to see that at the end of this game because they never faced that type of adversity during the regular season."

"Well, it was a tough loss and a disappointing end to what I thought was a great season.  Not only did the team have an undefeated regular season, they were dominant against every opponent out there. This game came down to two bad innings. Erase those off the board and we'd still be playing. We sorta shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times."

Payne, Cauble and Long each had 3 hits.  Cauble drove in 2, as did Ramsey.  Kern had a pair of hits.  Payne had 2 triples, Cauble and Welter both had doubles.

Welter suffered the loss to finish with a 10-1 mark.  She went 5 2/3 innings, gave up 11 runs, 9 earned on 5 hits and 11 walks.  She struck out 2.  Payne went 1 inning allowing 1 hit and 2 walks.  Graviett went 1/3 of an inning with a strikeout.

Eftink said, "I'm proud of this team and their accomplishments. They have a lot to be proud of. To go a whole season and not be beaten until the district championship game is something they can hang their hat on."

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Eagles qualify for Sectional Meet

Oran's track and field team traveled to New Haven on Saturday to compete in the Class 1 District 1 meet and three participants qualified to move on the sectional next Saturday at Luthern North High School in St. Louis.  The top 4 in each event advanced.

Bradley Brooks, the only boy to participate for the Eagles, finished third in the long jump with a distance of 17-10.75.  His prelim times in the 100M and 200M dashes were good enough to run in the finals where he came in 6th and 8th, respectively.

Savannah Below finished 4th in High Jump with a leap of 4-4.  She placed 6th in the Long Jump, 10th in the 300M Hurdles and 11th in 100M Hurdles.

Madison Ramsey was the final qualifier as she wound up 4th in the 1600M run with a time of 6:26.45.  She was 9th in the 800M run.

The 4X200 Meter Relay team of Morgan Kern, Heather Gosche, Jacey Brant & Cassie Cochran finished 6th.

Gosche finished 16th in 100M and 18th in 200M dashes, while Kern was 21st in the 100M.

The boys (Bradley) finished tied for 14th place out of 19 teams with a total of 10 points.  The girls were 13th out of 18 with 16 points.

What's happenin' (5/8-5/13)

The baseball regular season will end this week and the post-season will begin.  Track and Field moves into the sectional weekend of its schedule.

On Monday, the baseball team (11-3) travels to Bell City to take on the 13-5 Cubs in what will most likely be a preview of the upcoming district tournament championship game.  Game time is 4 pm.  Last year the Eagles won the regular season meeting, but Bell City won the district title game on their way to their second straight Class 1 state championship.

Baseball will be back in action on Wednesday when big school Poplar Bluff comes to town for a 4 pm contest.  The Mules are 17-5 and just won the SEMO Conference Tournament.  Last year these two teams played what was classified a junior varsity game.

Three members of the Track and Field squads will travel to Lutheran North High School in St. Louis to compete in the Class 1 sectional on Saturday.  Savannah Below qualified for the High Jump, Bradley Brooks in the Long Jump and Madison Ramsey in the 1600 Meter Run.

Also on Saturday, the Class 1 District 2 baseball tournament will begin.  Oran is hosting and the second-seeded Eagles will face the seventh-seeded Richland Rebels at 2 pm.  The Rebels are presently 3-8.

Eagles deal Devils defeat

The Oran High School baseball team picked up a win Saturday afternoon over the Chaffee Red Devils 4-2.  The game had been scheduled to be played at home, but wet field conditions forced a move to Harmon Field in Chaffee. The Eagles maintained home-team status.

Oran drew first blood.  In the bottom of inning number one, Drew Reischman led off with a single to right and went to second on a balk.  Layne Johnson was hit by a pitch.  With one out Cole Priggel walked to load the bases.  Todd Priggel, with two outs, walked to force in a run.

The Eagles made it 2-0 in the third when Johnson reached on an infield error to open the frame.  He stole 2nd and moved to third on Clay Sauceda's ground out.  Cole Priggel singled to left to drive Johnson home.

That's how it stood into the fifth when the Red Devils tied it up.

A one-out walk and consecutive singles drove in one and chased the starter, Johnson.  Reischman came in in relief and allowed a rbi single before retiring the next two.

Oran regained the lead in their half with a two-out rally.  Sauceda walked, moved to second when Cole Priggel reached on an infield error.  Sauceda would score and Priggel would advance to third on another infield error off the bat of Austin Eftink.  Todd Priggel doubled to left-center driving home Cole, but Eftink was gunned down at the plate to end the inning.

Chaffee threaten in both the sixth and seventh innings as they had a leadoff single up the middle and a one-out error Reischman recorded a strikeout and induced a ground ball force out.

In the seventh, a lead-off error was erased after a fly out and a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.

 Reischman picked up the win to improve to 2-1. He went 2 2/3 shutout innings gave up 2 hits and struck out 1.    Johnson got a no-decision, going 4 1/3 allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits, 3 walks.  He struck out 8.

Todd Priggel was 2-2 with 2 rbi.  Cole was 1-2 and had one run driven in.

The Eagles improved to 11-3 overall and 4-2 in Scott-Miss play.

They travel to Bell City Monday afternoon to take on their post-season nemesis, the Cubs, in a game that is scheduled to start at 4 pm.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Track and Field competes well in conference meet

The Oran High School girls track and field team finished third in the SEMO-West during the conference meet held yesterday at East Prairie with 53 points.  No boys competed.

The girls were one of six teams in their division which is based on school enrollment.

Savannah Below claimed the only gold medal with a school-record leap of 4-6 in the High Jump.  She won the silver in the 100 Meter Hurdles with a time of 21.15 and  bronze in 300 Meter Hurdles at 1:01.05

She finished fourth in the Long Jump with her distance of 12-04.50.

Madison Ramsey chased down a pair of silvers with her 800 Meter Run time of 3:06.35 and the 1600 Meter Run finishing in 6:40.81.

The 4X200 Meter Relay team of Morgan Kern, Heather Gosche, Jacey Brant & Cassie Cochran was awarded the bronze for their time of 2:11.59.

Gosche finished 5th in the 100 Meter Dash at 14.96, while Kern was 6th with her time of 15.37.

Both teams are scheduled to compete in Saturday's Class 1 District 1 meet at New Haven High School.

According to Coach Ethan Evans, Below is registered to participate in the 100 and 300 Meter Hurdles as well as the Long and High Jumps.

Ramsey will run the 800 and 1600 Meter Runs.

Gosche and Kern will be in 100 Meter Dash as well as the 4X200 Meter Relay with Jacey Brant and Cassidy Cochran.

Eagles lose walk-off to Kelly

The Oran High School baseball team lost 2-1 in 8 innings yesterday at Kelly.

The Eagles scored first.  Layne Johnson worked a one-out base on balls, moved to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on Cole Priggel's infield single.

Oran would get only 1 more hit and 3 more baserunners the rest of the way.  None would make it to second base.

Drew Reischman, who got the start on the mound, had to work out of trouble in the bottom of the first.  A leadoff hit batsman a single had two on and none out.  Luke Patterson, making his varsity debut at third, fielded a ground ball, stepped on the bag and threw to first to complete the double-play.  The next batter flew out.

Kelly got an unearned run in the third to tie the score.

A leadoff single was followed by a one-out hit batter.  The runner at second took off for third, the base was not covered and the throw went into left field allowing the run to cross.

Kelly singled to open their half of the 7th.  Coach Joe Bicking brought in Layne Johnson in relief of Reischman.  Johnson retired the next three to send the game to extra-innings.

Oran went 1-2-3 in the top of the 8th, but the Hawks used two walks sandwiched around a single to load the bases. After a ground ball to Priggel who threw home to get the force.  The Hawks hit a line drive base hit to left to win the game.

Austin Eftink had the only other hit for the Eagles who fell to 10-3.

Reischman went 6 innings, he gave up 1 unearned run on 5 hits. He walked 1, hit 2 and struck out 4.
Johnson picked up the loss.  He went 1 1/3, allowed the 1 earned run, on 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2.  He is now 5-2 on the year.

Oran will host Chaffee on Saturday at 4 pm.

Lady Eagles cruise into district championship game

Sam Welter tossed a two-hit shutout and Jessie Long drove in 4 as the top-seeded Oran High School softball team routed the number four seeded Leopold Wildcats 15-0 in four innings at Advance yesterday.

The Eagles jumped out with a 3 run first.  Long drove in 2 with a triple and she came home on Kenzie Graviett's groundout.

Five runs flew home in the second, thanks to 3 walks, 2 wild pitches and 3 singles.

It would be 10-0 after 3 when Katelyn Streeter led off with a walk, went to second on a passed ball and to third on Sydney Kern's bunt single.  Those two executed a double steal and Streeter scored.  Kern moved up on a passed ball and then came home on Leah Cauble's sac fly.

Oran closed out the mercy-rule victory with 4 consecutive hits in the fourth.  Claire Ramsey singled and came home on Welter's rbi double.  Abbie Madigan and Taylor Lowes singled off the bench.  Three walks and one out later Long drove in the deciding run.

Coach Eftink said, "Everyone on the team got an at bat. Abbie and Taylor came up with hits. Those two have been good pinch hitters all year."

Long finished 3-4 and scored twice to go along with her 4 rbi.  She now has 33 on the season to lead the team.  Kern was 2-3 to up her team-leading average to .556.  Graviett added 2 runs driven in.

"Jessie had four RBI on the day and Kenzie drove in a pair. Both had good at-bats with runners on base.  That's important this time of year," Eftink commented.

Welter picked up her 10th win of the season as the Lady Eagles improved to 17-0.  She allowed 2 hits, walked 4 and struck out 6.

Eftink said of Welter, "Sam struggled with her control a bit, but she made good pitches when she had to. The long layoff between games probably played a part in her control issues. I expect her to come out on fire against Scott City in the championship game. She's a trooper and cool as a cucumber on the mound."

Oran is scheduled to face Scott City at 4 pm today in the district 4 championship game at Advance.

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.