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.

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