Thursday, March 30, 2017

Baseball beats Blue Jays

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

Oran scored once in the first.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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