Saturday, April 8, 2017

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.

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