Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Eagles fall at home

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.

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