Monday, September 18, 2017

Baseball finishes fall season undefeated

The Oran High School baseball team concluded the fall season with perfect 15-0 record after defeating Bernie 3-0 at home on Saturday.

Despite being outhit 6-3 and committing two errors, the Eagles, behind the complete game shutout tossed by Layne Johnson, picked up the win.

Coach Joey Bickings said, "Saturday’s game was a nice way to end our Fall season.  We faced a good opponent in Bernie that held us in check for most of the game.  Our top of the order didn’t get a hit and it was the bottom of the order that was able to come through for us.  We were able to take advantage of an error and a walk that we were able to get them to come around and score to give us a 2-0 lead.  Layne pitched very well to hold them scoreless.  He was able to keep the base runners that got into scoring position on base and not score.  I always tell them that when we aren’t hitting like we are capable of, we better have very good pitching and defense to give us a chance to win.  We were able to do that."

Oran scored two in the second.

Clay Sauceda reached on an infield error.  He moved to second on the Cole Priggel walk.  Both advanced on Denver Elfrink's sacrifice bunt.  A Jacob Shoemaker walk loaded the bases.  Sauceda scored on Lane Peterson's sacrifice fly, which also advanced the other two.  Priggel would then score on a passed ball.

The Eagles would score the final run of the game and the season in the fourth.  Priggel singled with one out, stole second and scored on Peterson's single.

The freshman DH, Peterson, drove in two on the day.  Priggel and Elfrink had the other two hits for Oran.

That was more than enough for Layne Johnson, who went the distance, allowing six hits.  He struck out five and walked two to improve his personal mark 4-0.

The game was paused for about 30 minutes during the top of the fifth.  Reischman made a diving attempt on a pop fly in shallow left behind third base.  As he landed, he hit his chin and briefly lost consciousness.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a mild concussion and was released later that afternoon.  His father, Gary, told the blog, "He's fine, now."

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