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Oran gets past Charleston, 10-5

Friday, April 30, 2004

Charleston's Josh Marshall slides into second base on a steel attempt.
ORAN -- Oran coach Mitch Wood gave his players a little sideline chat going into the bottom of the sixth inning and the Eagles responded in a big way.

Oran exploded for eight runs in the sixth to come back from a 3-2 deficit in a 10-5 win over Charleston on Thursday in a Scott-Mississippi Conference matchup.

"I just told them, 'quit putting the umpire in the situation to give you a break and make your own breaks,'" said Wood. "Swing at pitches early in the count, if they're in there, and let's go.'"

Two walks preceded an RBI single by Matt Seyer, then when the base hit eluded the Charleston left fielder, the tiebreaking run crossed the plate to send Oran up 4-3.

Trevor Irwin then drove home Seyer with a two-run fence-clearing shot over the left-centerfield wall, followed by Garrett Roslen's solo blast for a 7-3 lead.

After Joey Williams was hit by a pitch, Paul Bucher belted the Eagles' third homer of the inning for a 9-3 margin.

Austin Dumey singled, stole second and scored on an error to wrap up the Oran outburst.

Said Wood, "They started swinging at strikes early and good things happen when you swing the bat. I thought they did a real good job of bowing up, getting ready and getting things done."

Charleston (9-7, 3-2), trying to tighten the conference race against the league leaders, scored two in the third to go up 2-1. Oran tied it with a run in the third, then the Blue Jays went ahead with a single run in the fifth.

The Eagles improved to 11-2, 3-0 in the conference.

After the disheartening sixth frame, the Blue Jays continued to fight, scoring two on Marcus Dixon's single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

"We mounted a battle at the end," said Charleston coach Chris Stanfield. "We didn't get it done, but it would have been real easy to just lay down. I was pleased with that aspect."

Oran starter Matt Seyer (4-1) went six innings for the win. He allowed five runs, three earned, on seven hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Left hander Chase Seyer relieved with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh and closed out the Blue Jays in a non-save situation.

Leading Oran's 14-hit offense was Roslen and Bucher with three hits apiece, while Matt Seyer and Irwin added two hits each.

Dixon and A. H. Marshall collected two hits each for Charleston.