Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Baseball improves to 12-0

It wasn't easy and it wasn't pretty, but the Oran Eagles baseball team picked up a 2-1 road win at  Advance yesterday.

Clay Sauceda picked up the win, going the first five innings.  He allowed no runs, only one hit while walking two and striking out five.  He improved his personal mark to 2-0 with a save.  Layne Johnson picked up the two-inning save.  He allowed one run (earned).  He walked three and struck out five. He is 3-0 with a save this fall.

For the second time this season, it was a pitcher's duel with the Hornets.  In the earlier meeting at Oran, the Eagles prevailed 3-1.  Johnson went the distance in that game and gave up only 1 hit.

Coach Joey Bickings said, "Only giving up two hits total in the two games that we have played them is really good...I thought Clay threw well for us again."

He added, "We need to find a way not to hurt ourselves like we did yesterday on the bases.  We had two big base running mistakes that cost us what could have been multiple runs.  In a game that was as close as ours was yesterday, those mistakes really hurt you and could have cost us the game."

Both teams had chances early.  Oran squandered a Cole Priggel lead off double in the second.  In the third, Ty Johnson walked and Lane Johnson reached on a bunt single, but they were unable to dent the scoreboard.

The hosts' too, had chances.  In the third, the Hornets had a one-out walk and a two-out single to put runners on first and third, but they too came up empty.

Both teams went down in order in the fourth.

The Eagles would finally cross the plate in the fifth.

Ty Johnson wrangled his second base on balls of the day, this time with one out.  With two down, Todd Priggel ground sharply to second.  The ball was misplayed, advancing Johnson a base.  Drew Reischman then lined a single to right scoring Johnson.

Oran expanded the lead to 2-0 in the sixth.

Cole Priggel walked to start the inning.  Tristen Schlosser walked to move Priggel to second. Ty Johnson singled to center to score Priggel.

Advance made it interesting.  They plated a run in the sixth without the benefit of a hit.

A leadoff walk, a stolen base and a dropped third strike followed by a double steal ended the shut out.  With two down and the tying run on third, a ground ball to Cole Priggel at third ended the threat.

It was walks that once again caused concern in the seventh.  The lead off man reached on a free pass.  Sauceda, who was now catching, threw a strike down to first to nab the straying base runner for the first out.   Then with two outs, another walk was issued, but the next man struck out to end the game.

Reischman had two hits and a rbi.  Ty Johnson had the other ribbie.

Bickings said, "Yesterday's game wasn't the prettiest win of the season for us but a win is a win."

Oran is scheduled to host the Puxico Indians today at 4:30.

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