Friday, August 31, 2018

Baseball picks up first "W" of season

The Oran High School baseball team won its first fall game of the season yesterday with a 13-2 five-inning drubbing of the Bloomfield Wildcats.  The Eagles were the home team on the scoreboard although the contest was played on the road.

Todd Priggel got the start on the mound.  He worked around a one-out error and a two-out walk to work a scoreless frame.

Oran would take the lead in the bottom of the first.

A one-out single by Jacob Shoemaker and a two-out base hit by Kole Simms combined with five passed balls, a wild pitch and a pair of walks gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead.  A lead they would not relinquish.

The Eagles plated four more in the second. 

Luke Patterson was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches.  Avery Mitchem walked.  Patterson scored on Quenton Senciboy's rbi single.  Mitchem and Senciboy scored on Shoemaker's line drive over the right field fence, making it 6-0.

The Wildcats would get on the board with a pair of runs in the third.  They used three walks, two singles and a double.

Oran added four more in the third without the benefit of a hit.  They used four walks and two hit batsmen to push the score to 10-2.

The would score four more runs in the home half of the fourth.

Kaden Hargrove started things with a single.  He moved to third on an error and wild pitch.  Hargrove would score on Mitchem's one-out sacrifice fly.  Senciboy was hit by a pitch and Shoemaker followed with his second homer of the day and fourth of the season to set the final score.

Priggel got the win.  He went three innings, gave up two runs, both earned, on three hits.  He walked five and struck out two.  Ty Johnson went the final two innings and did not allow a hit.  He struck out three and walked one.

Shoemaker was 3-3 with five runs driven in.  He scored four runs.

Coach Joey Bickings said, "It was nice to get the first win out of the way.  We had some tough luck loses in the East Carter Tournament this past weekend that we gave ourselves chances to win but just couldn’t muster up enough runs and hits.  We were able to get some hits and score some runs when given the opportunity.  I didn’t think Todd had his best stuff and fell behind early in the count and just couldn’t find the strikes zone.  But he battled and gave us three innings with only giving up 3 hits.  Ty came in the last two innings and pitched extremely well.  He walked one but I’ll take the blame for that as I felt like he needed to work on some pitches to make him even better on the mound. We were able to hit the ball better but hitting wise we still need to be able to be more consistent up and down the lineup to be successful.  You can’t talk about hitting in this lineup and not mention the start Jacob Shoemaker has had.  He’s been putting good swings on the ball and driving the baseball.  The game he had yesterday was a very nice day at the plate going 3-3 with 2 HR’s, 5 RBI’s, & 4 Runs scored.   We needed that and hopefully others in the lineup can follow suit.   I guess Jacob started making some salsa of his own.  He just needs to share some of it with his teammates."

The Eagles improved to 1-3 and will be back in action next Tuesday at Leopold.  First pitch is scheduled for 4:15.

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