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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Poplar Bluff thumps Chaffee; Oran manhandles Oak Ridge

Friday, March 29, 2002

POPLAR BLUFF - The Chaffee Red Devils baseball team's hopes of repeating as conference champions took a major hit as they dropped their second straight SEMO Conference game on Thursday to Poplar Bluff 12-2.

The Red Devils (1-2, 1-2 SEMO) committed nine errors in the game, allowing 10 unearned runs to the Mules.

Brent Thomason was the hard-luck loser for the Red Devils, throwing four innings and allowing six hits with five walks and four hit batters while striking out three. He allowed eight runs, but only two were earned.

He was relieved by Chase Eskew, who threw two innings, allowing four unearned runs off three hits and two walks.

"I think some of it carried over from (Wednesday) against Notre Dame," said Chaffee head coach Brian Horrell. "We had some trouble catching it against them. We're not young, but we're kind of inexperienced right now and those things are going to happen. We're not accustomed to making nine errors, but we're going to have to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and go back to work."

Chaffee was led offensively by Zac Horman, who was 3-3 with a double and a run scored. Others were Andrew Horrell (1-3, 3B), Thomason (1-3, run), Sam Burnett (1-3) and Brandon Davis (1-3).

Poplar Bluff's Jay Smith was the winning pitcher throwing all seven innings and allowing seven hits with five strikeouts.

Chris Smith led the Mules with two doubles.

Chaffee will play at Jackson in another SEMO Conference game on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

ORAN -- Oran took down Oak Ridge in five innings Thursday, 13-2.

Ryne Wood pitched the first four innings for the Eagles, allowing two runs on two hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

Tyler Nelson threw the final frame, giving up one walk with three strikeouts.

At the plate, Wood was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Joey Bickings was 2-for-3 with five RBIs and a double.

Other Oran hitters were Tyler Cookson, Nathan Seyer, Bobby Taylor, Matt Bucher and freshman Trevor Irwin.

Oak Ridge's Clayton Ruesler was charged with the loss. Jim Morrison and Zack Ruesler had the team's two hits.

Oran (2-0) will travel to Scott City next Thursday.