Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Baseball pounds Puxico

Three Oran hurlers turned in a one-hit, no-run performance against the host Puxico Indians while the Eagles hammered out 12 hits and scored 16 runs of their own in a five-inning mercy-run win.

Todd Priggel got the start going the first two to pick up the win and improve his mark to 2-0.  He struck out four and allowed one hit.  Cole Priggel went the next two innings.  He walked one and struck out two.  Denver Elfrink worked the fifth in his first mound appearance of the season.  He struck out all three batters he faced.

Coach Joey Bickings said, "I was really pleased with our pitching.  All three pitchers came in and threw strikes.  This was Todd's second start and he threw better than his last outing against Eminence.  Also,  this was really Cole and Denver's first outings of the fall season. [Cole only threw two pitches to East Carter in his only other appearance.] They needed to get some live work in and they looked good today."

He added, "I'm very happy with the way some of our kids are swinging the bat and taking good approaches."

Cole Priggel went 3-3 at the plate with an inside the park home run, a triple and a single and four runs driven in.  Drew Reischman also drove in four, going 2-3.

Lane Peterson and Ty Johnson had two hits apiece.

"The game against Puxico was another good win for us," said Bickings, "We need to clean our defense up and not give teams extra outs.  They didn't hurt us in the game today but if we keep making silly mistakes it will hurt us at some point.  We will work on trying to eliminate the miscues and give ourselves the best chance to win."

Oran improved to 6-0 and will travel to Bloomfield on Wednesday.  First pitch is scheduled for 4:30.

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