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Oran outslugs Chaffee

Friday, May 7, 2004

Oran's Matt Seyer slides safely into second while Chaffee's Korey Chapman fields the ball.
CHAFFEE -- During the course of a long season, even good teams have an occasional ugly outing.

Oran's 16-13 win over Chaffee on Thursday probably qualified.

The Eagles and Red Devils battled more than three-hours in a game which saw nine pitching changes, 10 errors, 15 walks, five hit batsmen and three balks.

Although Oran (15-2) never trailed, they could never put away the 3-13 Red Devils.

"We didn't play very well today," said Oran coach Mitch Wood. "I thought we were at the point of our season where we were doing the little things right, but we did every possible little thing wrong today."

A harbinger of things to come, the Eagles sent eight batters to the plate in a three-run first.

Four more in the second frame, capped by Garrett Roslen's three-run shot over the left-centerfield wall, lifted Oran to a 7-0 lead.

But Chaffee, sending 11 batters to the dish, came storming back with six in the third. Brad Daugherty smashed a three-run homer for the key Red Devil hit.

Each team scored two in the third to run the score to 9-8, in favor of Oran. Then the Eagles tacked on three more in the fifth and four in the sixth for a 16-8 advantage.

The resilient Red Devils kept coming, however. They pushed across five in the bottom of the sixth to close the gap to the final margin of 16-13.

Oran's Wood, although not pleased with his team's play, still lauded their work ethic and winning attitude.

He said, "This is a perfect example of what a winning program does for you, because you still win even after playing that poorly. That, I'm proud of.

"The one thing I don't think you'll ever see, in my lifetime anyway, whether I'm coach or not, is this group of kids quit. They never quit. I tip my hat to them for that."

Neither starting pitcher, Oran's Paul Bucher or Chaffee's Chris Hanback, managed to finish the second inning.

Matt Seyer, Oran's No. 1 hurler, was forced to take the hill in relief with five runs in and two outs in the second. A hit batsman, a walk and a dropped popfly allowed an unearned run to cross the plate before Seyer doused the Chaffee fire with a strikeout.

Seyer, who allowed two runs -- one earned -- picked up the win with 2 1/3 innings of work. Freshman Chase Seyer followed Craig Friga to the mound to earn the save.

Roslen led the 13-hit Oran attack with three hits in four trips including a team-high four RBIs and four runs scored. Trevor Irwin, who went 2-for-5, also tallied four runs, while Matt Seyer, Joey Williams and Chase Seyer also rapped two hits apiece.

Chaffee's Augie Orr was the individual hit leader with a 4-for-6 day. Teammate Daugherty collected two hits with a team-leading three RBIs.

Oran goes for its fourth win in four days with a road game against New Madrid today at 4 p.m.

OAK RIDGE -- The East Prairie Eagles scored six first inning runs and never looked back, beating Oak Ridge 11-1.

East Prairie (12-4) was led at the plate by Lamar Holdiness and Danny Bright who both had three hits on the day. Bright also drove in two runs.

Kaleb Thurman added two hits while Hunter Jones, Preston Shoemaker and Josh Boyer each had one.

Zack Secoy got the win for the Eagles. He pitched two innings in relief of Shoemaker and struck out four while not allowing a run. Shoemaker threw three innings giving up one earned run and striking out four.

East Prairie will be back in action today when they host Caruthersville at 4 p.m.

EAST PRAIRIE -- The Lady Eagles of East Prairie (8-3) banged 21 hits in a 27-14 slugging of Oak Ridge on Thursday.

Molly Triplett led East Prairie with a perfect 5-for-5 day at the plate with two doubles and five RBIs.

Lacy Tatum and Cynthia Cook also drove home five runs apiece. Tatum went 3-for-4, while Cook went 2-for-3 with a bases loaded triple. Jennifer McGee joined the hit parade with a couple of two-base hits and three runs batted in.

Lydia Thomure picked up the win.