Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Softball second at Ste Gen

The Oran High School softball team completed Gold Bracket play on Saturday at Sainte Genevieve with a 1-1 record to claim second place in the inaugural Old Settlement tourney.

The Eagles defeated Malden 11-5 in game one before falling 14-0 to Park Hills Central in the title game.

In the opener, Oran jumped out with two quick runs in the first.

Kaylee Payne singled with one down and scored when Leah Cauble doubled.  Cauble moved to third on Claire Ramsey's single.  Cauble crossed the plate on Jessie Long's infield groundout.

Malden got on the board in the bottom of the first with a one-out solo home run.

Oran got that back plus some in the second.

Katelyn Streeter started things with a walk.  She went to third when Taylor Lowes' sac bunt was turned into a two-base error.  With one out, Sydney Kern walked to load the bases.  A Payne single pushed Streeter and Lowes across.  Kern would stop at second, but she would score on Cauble's single. It was 5-1 Oran after two.

That's the way it stood until forth when the Eagles would score three more, to all but put the game out of reach.

Pinch-hitter Baylee Kern tripled to open the frame.  Two infield errors and a one-out two-RBI single by Ramsey made the score 8-1.

Oran added two more in the fifth.

Samantha Welter and Streeter both walked to start the inning.  Lowes put down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners.  Welter scored on Maddie Graviett's groundout and Streeter came home on Sydney Kern's two-out double.

In the bottom of the fifth, the GeenWave would use a double, three singles, an error and a groundout to plate four.

The Eagles added one more in the seventh.

Sydney Kern walked with two down, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Payne's single.

Alyssa Spane went the distance in the circle, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits.  She walked three and struck out three.  She improved her personal mark to 7-0.

Coach Jim Eftink said, "Saturday’s game against Malden was really well played. We made several standout defensive plays and we hit the ball up and down the lineup. We also had a couple of very good bunts in the game.  It was good to beat another team that will be one of the favorites in their district."

Oran entered the championship game with an 11-1 record.  The only blemish came against the Park Hills Central team they were about to face.

The Eagles gave up three in the first and three in the third before the Rebels blew it open with 8 in the seventh.

Oran only managed five hits in the game.  A pair of singles each by Leah Cauble and one each by Sydney Kern and Katelyn Streeter.  Kaylee Payne added a double.

Claire Ramsey (0-1) went the distance in the circle to sustain the loss.  She gave up 14 runs, 10 earned, on 11 hits.  She walked five and struck out none.

Coach Eftink said, "As for the Park Hills game, we held them close for 5 innings. But the wheels kinda fell off late in the game. I want to thank Claire for once again taking the mound in that game. Park Hills is a very good team and she held them in check for most of the game.  Claire’s pitching kept us within striking distance.  Once again we couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it.  Sometimes that happens."

Oran fell to 11-2 with the loss.  After today's rainout. the next scheduled game is on Thursday, at home against Portageville, starting at 4:30.

No box score is currently available for the PHC game.  It will be added when available.

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