The Oran High School softball team jumped on New Madrid County Central early yesterday and never let up. Oran improved to 7-1 with the 14-0 five-inning mercy-rule victory.
Oran scored three in the first and one in the second before blowing it wide open in the third when they sent 13 to the plate and scored nine times. A single tally in the fourth rounded out the scoring.
Meanwhile, Alyssa Spane was nearly perfect in the circle, facing only one over the minimum. A two-out error in the second was the only baserunner NMCC would have all day. Spane struck out three and did not walk a batter. In fact, she only had a three-ball on a batter once during the contest. That was a 3-2 count with two-down in the first.
Coach Jim Eftink said, "Strong performance on the mound. Alyssa had all of her pitches working. She was in command and didn’t fall behind hitters. Every time you turned around she was ahead in the count 0-2 or 1-2."
It was the second no-hitter of the season for Oran, Kaylee Payne tossed a four-inning no-hitter earlier this year against Bloomfield.
Payne had a big day at the plate. She was 3-4 plus was hit by a pitch, she drove in four runs. Katelyn Streeter was 3-3 and drove in three. Jessie Long was 3-4 and also drove home three.
Claire Ramsey, Payne, Long, Samantha Welter and Taylor Lowes each doubled for the victors.
Eftink commented, "(It was a) nice road win. We came out strong at the plate with some really hard hit balls. Lots of doubles in this game. You really like to see those extra-base hits."
The game for today at Dexter has been canceled.
Next up will be an always tough Kennett Indians squad, at home tomorrow, that is currently 7-3. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30.