Last Tuesday, the Oran High School baseball team hosted the Cooter Wildcats in a sectional contest.
The last time the two squads had met during the postseason was 2014. It was also in the sectional game. Cooter had won that one 9-0.
This game was a pitcher's duel. The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. In fact, the Eagles had only managed three hits. A one-out double by Clay Sauceda in the fourth, a leadoff bunt single by Jacob Shoemaker in the fifth and a two-out sixth inning single by Drew Reischman. Oran had not had a runner reach third base, thus far.
In the seventh, Cole Priggel worked a walk to start the frame. He went to second on Kole Simms' sacrifice bunt. Cooter elected to walk Shoemaker intentionally to set up the double play. Then, with two down and a one-one count, Denver Elfrink drilled a pitch over the left field fence to propel the Eagles into the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs.
Layne Johnson threw the complete game shutout, allowing only three hits. He walked three (two intentionally) while striking out nine. He improved his mark to 8-3. Oran improved to 15-9.