Sunday, May 27, 2018

Final four bound

On Wednesday, the Oran High School baseball team made the two-plus hour bus ride to Eminence to take on the Redwings in a state quarterfinal matchup.  The two teams had met in the fall,  in the finals of the inaugural Bank of Grandin classic.  Oran had won that game 14-3 in five innings in a game played in Van Buren.

Once again the Eagles jumped out early and never looked back as they cruised to a 16-0 win in six innings,  punching their tickets to their first final four since the championship season of 2013.

Oran, the visiting team on the scoreboard scored three in the first.  The first two Eagles went down looking before Drew Reischman singled.  Clay Sauceda then hit a ground rule double, putting runners at second and third.  Cole Priggel would drive both home with a triple.  Kole Simms' single would send the third run in.

In the second, Denver Elfrink would reach second leading off after an outfield error.  He went to third on Layne Johnson's sac bunt and came on home on Todd Priggel's sacrifice fly.

The Eagles would make it 6-0 after three.  Cole Priggel doubled to open the inning and then with two-down, Ty Johnson was hit by a pitch (the first of three in the game).  Denver Elfrink drove both home with a double.

Meanwhile, on the mound, Drew Reischman had not allowed a baserunner.

Oran added one more in the fifth.  Jacob Shoemaker reached on a bunt single with one out and went to second on Johnson's second time being struck by the ball and scored on Elfrink's second double of the game.

The Eagles put up nine in the sixth.  The inning was highlighted by Elfrink's second home run in as many games and Clay Sauceda's third home run of the season.

Elfrink ended up three for four, on a home run and two doubles, with five runs driven in.  Cole Priggel was four of five with 4 RBI.  Sauceda was three for five with a homer and three RBI.  Reischman finished four for four and drove in one.

On the mound, Reischman threw a  no-hitter.  He tossed all innings,  he walked one and struck out seven and improving his record to 3-3 and the Eagle's to 16-9.

Oran will face Green City on Wednesday at 4 pm in Ofallon in a state semifinal matchup.

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