Thursday, May 11, 2017

Eagles fall in season finale

The Oran High School baseball team lost their final regular season game yesterday at home to the class 5 Poplar Bluff Mules 8-3.

The Eagles gave up 3 unearned runs in the second inning and were never able to recover against the SEMO conference champs.

Drew Reischman made the score 3-1 when he connected on his team-leading fourth home run of the season in the third but Oran could get no closer.

Bluff scored 2 more in the fifth before the Eagles plated two unearned runs of their own in the bottom half.

In that inning, Layne Johnson hit a one-out double in front of a Clay Sauceda base on balls.  Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and when Cole Priggel's ground ball was misplayed, what looked like a double play turned into a pair of gift runs for Oran.

After 5 the score was 5-3 but the Eagles would score no more even though they had chances. They stranded five base runners the final two innings.

Back to back singles by Denver Elfrink and Peyton McVay opened the 6th but no Eagle reached third.  And in the 7th Oran had the bases loaded as the game came to an end.

The Mules, however, blasted two out of the yard in the 6th and picked up an insurance tally in the 7th to claim the five-run victory.

Elfrink had a two-hit game for the Eagles, who are now 12-4.

Todd Priggel (1-1, 1 save) was the tough-luck loser as he went the first 2 innings and gave up the 3 unearned runs on 3 hits, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.  Reischman went the next four frames allowing 4 earned runs on 5 hits.  He walked 2 and struck out 6. Sauceda worked the final inning. He gave up 1 unearned run on 1 hit and 1 walk.

Oran will now begin the postseason as they host the upcoming Class 1 District 2 tournament that starts on Saturday.  The Eagles are the number 2 seed and will face the seventh-seeded Richland Rebels at 2 o'clock.  That game will not be carried on the radio.

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