Thursday, March 30, 2017

Lady Eagles pummel Oak Ridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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