Sunday, April 2, 2017

Lady Eagles sweep through tourney

The Oran High School softball team picked four victories on Saturday to claim the Puxico Invitational Tournament.

Oran 5, Woodland 2

The 5-0 Lady Eagles opened with a pool game against the Woodland Cardinals.

Woodland entered the game with a 2-2 record and it was nip and tuck the entire way.  Oran scored first, Sydney Kern doubled to open the game and scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch.

Woodland used a lead-off single, a stolen base and an RBI single to tie it up in the third.

The score would remain tied at 1 through five innings when the time-limit expired enacting the international tie-breaker.

Leah Cauble started at second base and moved to third when Maddie Graviett reached on an infield error.  She gave the Eagles the lead on Sam Welter's single.

The Cardinals tied it up in their half on 2 groundouts.

In the seventh, Welter started on second, went to third a passed ball third strike.  She scored on a throwing error.  Katelyn Streeter walked and advanced to third on the same error.  Streeter scored on Kern's RBI single.  Kern scored on Cauble's RBI double.

Kaylee Payne picked up the complete game win.  She was charged with 1 earned run on 2 hits.  She walked 2 and struck out 7.  She improved to 3-0 and the team to 6-0.

Kern went 3-4, with a double, an RBI and 2 runs scored.  Cauble also had 2 hits, including a double and a run driven in.

Coach Jim Eftink said, "The first game against Woodland was a struggle. We weren't very disciplined at the plate and we didn't make adjustments until late in the game. It was very similar to the Advance game from last week."

Oran 8, Doniphan 3

During the opening round of bracket play, the Lady Eagles were pitted against the Doniphan Donettes (1-2).

Oran picked up 3 in the top of the first to jump out on top.  Kern singled, stole second and went to third on Payne's single.  Cauble reached on an infield error that allowed Kern to cross and Payne to advance to third.  Payne scored on Claire Ramsey's groundout.  Cauble scored on another error.

Welter shut down Doniphan through the first three innings, but an error, a walk and a homerun tied the game in the third.

Neither team scored in the fifth.

Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, the Eagle bats came alive.

Ramsey drew a four-pitch walk, Savannah Elfrink came in to run.  She moved to second on Welter's single to left and scored on an error on the play.  Macy Senciboy ran for Welter.  Kenzie Graviett beat out a bunt, moving Senciboy to third, who would score on a wild pitch.  Graviett had stolen second and moved to third on that same wild pitch.  She scored on Maddie Graviett's sacrifice fly.

That made the score 6-3 and the Eagles weren't done yet.

Katelyn Streeter walked, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Kern's suicide squeeze that turned into a single when she beat it out.  She advanced on a wild pitch, then stole third, before scoring on Payne's groundout.  Cauble singled just before the time limit expired.

"We played better against the Donettes but we were nowhere near the team we had been all week. We played better than we did against Woodland but we had to work to win this game. Streeter and Kern did pull off our first squeeze play of the year. That was a bright spot in a game that was very tight, it was tied up 3-3 in the sixth inning," commented Eftink.

Kern, Payne and Welter all had 2 hits.  Kern crossed the plate twice.

Welter tossed all 6 to pick up the win, her fourth of the year.  She allowed 3 runs, only 2 earned on 3 hits.  She gave up 1 walk while striking out 6.

Oran 12, Woodland 1

The Lady Eagles scored early and often in the rematch with their pool-play opponent in the quarterfinal round.

Payne tripled with one out.  She scored on Jessie Long's two-out single.  Long scored on Ramsey's double.  Ramsey scored the third run when Welter's misplayed fly ball.

Two more scored in the second.

Elfrink doubled to lead off the inning, moved to third on Streeter's sacrifice bunt.  Kern reached on an infield error, but Elfrink could not score. Not then.  But she did when she and Kern executed a double-steal.  Kern came home on a single by Payne to make it 5-0.

Oran put the game away in the third.

Ramsey doubled, Welter singled, pinch-hitter Taylor Lowes singled, Elfrink walked.  Kern singled with one down, Payne triple, Cauble singled and the Eagles were up 11-1.

One more run would score in the fourth.

Lowes doubled and came across on an outfield error on a ball hit by Streeter.  She was the last batter before the time limit expired.

Coach Eftink talked about the game, "Maybe the weather had something to do with our sluggish performance in the first two games--because the temps finally warmed up so did our bats."

"Also, I want to give a shout out to Taylor Lowes in that game. She's kinda caught up in a numbers game right now when it comes to playing time but she got a chance to play in this game and ended up with a couple of hits. She's a  player who will make her impact felt in the future."

Payne finished 3-3 with 2 triples, 2 runs and an RBI.  Ramsey was 2-2, with a double, a run driven in and scored twice.

Welter (5-0) went the distance.  She gave up 2 hits, 1 unearned run, walked 2 and struck out 3.

Oran 6, Bernie 2

Oran trailed for the first time this season when the Mules had a two-out single followed by a triple in the top of the first.

The Eagles came right back with a two-out rally of their own in the bottom half of the inning.  Cauble singled and came home on Long's double.

Oran plated 5 in the third.

Streeter singled to lead off the frame. Kern singled, Payne singled to drive in Streeter.   Cauble walked. Payne scored on Long's single.  Cauble came home on a passed ball.  Long moved around to third on passed balls and scored when Ramsey reached on an error. Welter doubledm to drive in Ramsey.

Bernie scored a run in the fourth after a one-out walk and a double.

The game was called after 4 1/2 because of darkness and the Eagles improved to 9-0 on the season while claiming the tournament championship.

Long was 2-2 with a double and 2 RBI's.

Payne picked up the five-inning win allowing 4 hits 2 runs, both earned.  She walked 1 and struck out 7.  She improved to 4-0.

Coach Eftink said, " Jessie Long came up with a big two-out hit to tie things up. Then we kinda put the game away in the third when we tacked on five runs, most of those coming through some aggressive base running by our speed players including Macy Senciboy,  who is a big weapon for us as a pinch runner off the bench. She's fast and aggressive on the bases and she's just got good instincts when it come to base running."

Eftink concluded, "All in all a good day in what could have been a letdown game after Friday's' big win against Kennett. We need a little rest now as we have some bumps and bruises from five games in 24 hours. We have Sunday off and I plan on a light workout Monday. Tuesday, another showdown against Naylor, a team that has been a thorn in our sides in both softball and basketball for several years now. Sam gets the start on Tuesday."


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