After the game head coach Jim Eftink said, "We never had that big inning to put the game away.
That meant we had to manufacture runs. We got a couple of runs with ground balls and some others with 2 out hits.We once again used our speed, stealing bases and going first to third on base hits."
The Lady Eagles scored in 5 of the 7 innings. Four were one-run innings, in the other, two runs crossed the plate.
Oran scored in the first when Leah Cauble singled with two down, stole second and came home on Jessie Long's rbi base hit.
Sam Welter got the start in the circle and she ran into a first inning jam.
Woodland picked up a two-out hit of their own. That was followed by a hit batsman and walk to load the bases. But, Welter was able to induce an infield pop out to quell the threat. She then went on to retire the next 9 in a row
Meanwhile, in the second, Welter led off with a double. She moved to third on Kenzie Graviett's sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch.
In the third inning, Kaylee Payne tripled to start the frame and then with one out came home on Long's ground ball to second.
The fifth saw two Eagles come home to roost. Sydney Kern walked with one out, stole second, went to third on Payne's ground out and scored on a wild pitch before Cauble walked. She too swiped second and moved on to third base after the next two walked. Cauble would score on a passed ball.
The final tally came in the sixth when Welter was hit by a pitch leading off. Savannah Elfrink entered as a courtesy runner. Pinch hitter Cami Cruz drew a walk. Both moved up a base on Katelyn Streeter's sac bunt. Elfrink scored on Kern's sacrifice fly.
Welter (7-0) notched the complete-game victory, scattering 4 hits. She walked 2, hit 2 and struck out 4 as Oran improved to 12-0.
Eftink said, "Sam tossed another shutout and came up with some big pitches when she got into a couple of jams. She didn't really have her change up working but she threw a couple of rise balls that were probably the best two she's thrown all season."
At the plate, no Eagle had more than one hit. Long drove in two. Welter had a double and Payne had a triple.
"Kaylee turned in one of the best defensive plays I've seen all year. She also showed her speed with a triple. She now has four triples on the year," comment Eftink.
The softball team will be back in action this evening at Southeast Missouri State University where they will take on the Advance Hornets in a contest that will follow the SEMO vs SIU-C game at approximately 6:30. Payne will get the start, according to Eftink.