ORAN -- Freshman Caleb Seyer's solo home run propelled Oran to a 7-4 win over visiting New Madrid County Central on Thursday.
Seyer's blast over the 330-foot sign in left-center field, which proved to be the game winner, came in the bottom of the sixth for a 5-4 Oran lead.
"That took the breath out of them a little bit," said Oran coach Mitch Wood, of Seyer's big hit.
"Ryan (starting pitcher Lawrence) was getting up there in the pitch count and he just left one up and the kid turned on it," said NMCC coach John Jones. "That shook the momentum and when it starts going the other way, it's tough to get it back."
Oran added two insurance runs later in the sixth on Chase Seyer's single.
NMCC (5-8) had just found new life with a run in the top of the sixth to pull into a 4-4 tie. NMCC's Jordan Kimball stroked a one-out single, then scored all the way from first base on Morlan's twice-bobbled single to left-center. "We played, we battled, we just didn't get it done," said Jones, "but we never give up and I'm proud of my kids for that."
In the battle of the Eagles, NMCC drew first blood with three runs in their initial at-bat.
Leadoff hitter Kimball singled through the hole at shortstop, stole second and raced home on No. 2-hitter Michael Morlan's ground single down the third-
Ryan Lawrence walked, then he and Morlan advanced to second and third on a wild pitch.
Oran's freshman starter Kody Campbell then retired the next two hitters on strikeouts and appeared to be out of the inning with minimal damage when the next batter, Dale Haynes, popped up just behind second base. But, miscommunication between the Oran fielders allowed the ball to fall untouched and plate two runs to send NMCC to the early 3-0 advantage. "We're still making some little mistakes that, if we make them against real good teams, we can get in trouble," said Wood. "But, overall, I'm real pleased with the way we're playing baseball."
Oran (11-5) bounced back with two in the bottom of the first.
Caleb Seyer doubled to left-center and reached third on an errant throw to first base on Trevor Irwin's grounder to third. Seyer scored on Campbell's sacrifice fly to center field.
Irwin, who had advanced to second on defensive indifference and on to third on the sacrifice fly, was driven home by Chase Seyer's line single up the middle to close the gap to 3-2.
Chase Seyer led Oran hitters with a 3-for-4 day, all sharply hit singles, including three RBIs. Caleb Seyer went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and, of course, the game-winning RBI. Joey Williams and Campbell also were 2-for-3 in Oran's nine-hit attack.
Williams' single in the third drove home two runs as Oran grabbed its first lead of the day at 4-3.
New Madrid threatened by loading the bases in the fourth with no outs, but had two runners cut down at the plate and a third retired on a popout.
"We left entirely too many baserunners today," said Jones, whose Eagles stranded 10.
Campbell, who left seven ducks on the pond in four innings of work, was relieved by Irwin with a 4-3 lead. Campbell allowed five hits, struck out six, walked three and hit four batsmen.
Irwin went 1 1/3 innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits with one strikeout and no walks.
Paul Bucher came on to pitch out of trouble in the sixth with the tying run in and one out. Bucher (2-1) picked up the win with a scoreless seventh. He struck out two, walked none and gave up two hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Adopting a pitching-by-committee philosophy with this team, Wood said, "We've had trouble in the fifth and sixth innings, so we made a decision last week that we're going to switch up a little bit and do something different. Right now, it seems to be working, so I hope it'll continue to work for us."
NMCC starter Lawrence went the distance allowing nine hits with four strikeouts and four walks.
Morlan led the NMCC offense with three hits while Kimball and Haynes added two apiece.
Oran, seeking its third straight win, hosts Chaffee today at 4 p.m., while NMCC will host Twin Rivers today in its next to last regular-season game.
"We'll keep plugging away and hope to end the season on a positive note," said Jones.
The Charleston Bluejays fell to 7-14 on the season with a road loss to Hayti.
Josh Marshall went the distance and threw six innings, allowing four runs off seven hits and three walks with eight strikeouts.
"He threw the ball well," said Charleston coach Chris Stanfield. "He was outstanding on the hill, but we couldn't score any runs for him."
Marshall also went 1-3 at the plate. Brink Naile had the Bluejays' only other hit with that being a double.
Charleston will host Caruthersville next Thursday at 4 p.m.
The Sikeston tennis team lost its final regular season match to Farmington to finish with a season record of 8-8.
The Bulldogs next host the district tournament on Thursday.
Here are the results from Thursday's matches with Sikeston players listed first.
1. Marc Leible def. Patrick Singer, 9-7
2. Chris Matthews lost to Brad Green, 0--8
3. Grant INgram lost to Jared Treaster, 1-8
4. Logan Hampton lost to Brad Pasuhn, 2-8
5. Craig Millington lost to Justin Arnold, 5-8
6. Andrew Powell def. Colton Reynolds, 8-2
Leible/Matthews def. Treaster/Pasuhn, 8-2
Powell/Hampton lost to Green/Singer, 2-8
Charlie Jones/Clayton Matthews def. Arnold/Villmer, 8-5
JV winners: Charlie Jones, Clayton Matthews, Ingram/Millington in doubles.