The Oran High School baseball team used a left-right combination on the mound to keep the South Pemiscot Bulldogs off balance on Friday, but the knock out blow came at the plate as the Eagles won 11-1 on the road to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Southpaw Layne Johnson went the first four innings tossing shut out ball. He allowed only two, 2-out singles and one walk, while striking out 8. He picked up the win, improving his personal record to 2-0. Right-hander Drew Reischman went the final three to pick up the save. He allowed only 2 singles, one a bad-hop ground ball into right field that drove in the hosts' only tally of the game. He walked none and struck out six.
At the plate, Oran pounded 17 hits, led by Clay Sauceda's 4-4 performance. He had a double, drove in three and walked in his other plate appearance. Reischman, Cole Priggel and Jacob Shoemaker each had three hits. Shoemaker and Priggel both drove in two. Priggel had a double. Reischman crossed the plate three times. Reischman and Shoemaker also had two stolen bases. Todd Priggel had two hits in the game and Johnson drove in two with a double.
The Eagles scored in the opening frame. Reischman singled with two-outs and came home on the next pitch as Sauceda doubled to center.
In the third, the first five reached safely. Reischman and Sauceda had base-hits. Cole Priggel doubled to drive in Reischman. Denver Elfrink was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A Shoemaker single drove in Sauceda and Priggel to make the score 5-0.
Todd Priggel led off the fourth inning with a single, he stole second and scored on another Sauceda single.
The Bulldogs were able to push a run across in the bottom of the fifth after a lead-off single and a stolen base. Then, with one-out, a routine ground-ball toward the second baseman hit something and bounded over his head into right field. That made the score 6-1.
Oran would bat 10 in the seventh, score five more runs to set the final margin.
Shoemaker singled and stole second. Lane Peterson drew a walk. Both advanced on a wild pitch. Johnson went the other way on a pitch and drove in both with a double to left-center. He moved to third on another wild pitch and came home on Todd Priggel's single. A Reischman single and an error put runners at second and third before Sauceda walked to load the bases. Cole Priggel drove in one with an infield single. Kole Simms entered as a courtesy runner for Reischman at third. He came home on Elfrink's sacrifice fly to center for the final run.
The Eagles' jayvee team lost 3-2 in a five inning game following the varsity contest.
Oran will travel to Puxico to take on the Indians on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30. Puxico is currently 0-2.