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Oran hopes for a return to Columbia

Sunday, May 15, 2005

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Oran coach Mitch Wood talks with Chase Seyer.
CHAFFEE -- The Oran Eagles have made three consecutive trips to state and have a third place and two seconds in the record book to show for it.

In total, Oran has three seconds and two thirds at state in coach Mitch Wood's 12-year tenure, with eight district titles.

To keep their hopes of returning alive, the second-seeded Eagles (15-7) will likely have to get past No. 1-seed Advance, which comes into the Class 1, District 2 tournament with a 15-2 mark.

The Hornets own an 8-5 decision over the Eagles in a previous meeting.

Much of Oran's success rests on the bat and arm of the Seyers, cousins Caleb and Chase.

Caleb, a freshman, leads the Eagles in every major offensive category: .432 average, 32 RBIs, nine home runs; while sophomore Chase, although only a .500 pitcher at 4-4 has drawn the tough assignments with a sparkling 1.50 ERA.

Other seeds in the tournament, which opens on Monday at Chaffee are: No. 3 Bernie, No. 4 Chaffee, No. 5 Bell City, No. 6 Delta, No. 7 Scott County Central and No. 8 Richland.

The host team Chaffee Red Devils (5-12) are taking it one game at a time.

"We're not going to look very far ahead of anybody," said Chaffee coach Brian Horrell. "Our biggest threat right now is Bell City, and that's who we have in the first game. If we're fortunate enough to win that, we'll worry about our next opponent."

First-round schedule (Monday): Advance vs. Richland, noon; Chaffee vs. Bell City, 2 p.m., Oran vs. Scott County Central, 4 p.m.; Bernie vs. Delta, 6 p.m.

Semifinals: Tuesday, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Final: Thursday, 4 p.m.