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.