ORAN - The Oran Eagles baseball team won their second straight of the young season, with a hard-fought 5-4 victory over the visiting Charleston Bluejays on Tuesday afternoon.
Oran scored all of their runs in the first four innings and raced out to a 5-1 lead. Charleston rallied with two runs in the sixth and one in the top of the seventh, but the rally ended one run short for the Bluejays.
The game featured 12 combined hits and nine errors between the two clubs. Oran helped out the Charleston cause, committing six errors.
Caleb Seyer led the Eagles going 3-for-3 with a double. Tyler Beardsley led Oran with 2 RBIs. Cody Campbell and Alex Chasteen each tallied an RBI for the Eagles.
Josh Marshall and Paul Johnson each had two hits apiece for the Bluejays. Marshall and Billy Butler each drove in a run for Charleston.
Chasteen picked up the win for Oran, while Brink Naile got the loss for the Bluejays.
Oran (2-0) host Leopold today at 4 p.m.
Charleston (0-4) is back in action on Thursday, as they will travel to Mississippi County rival East Prairie, to take on the Eagles at 4 p.m.
Central's bats remained hot on Tuesday, as the visiting Tigers routed rival Jackson 9-0 in a SEMO Conference battle.
The Tigers had 14 hits, which followed a 13-hit performance against Poplar Bluff on Saturday in a 13-4 win. Central improved to 3-1 overall, and 3-1 in conference play.
"We swung the bats well today," Central coach Steve Williams said. "We got some key hits with men in scoring position. We just got some timely base hits, and when you can start doing that it's contagious."
Central brought eight men to the plate in the first inning, getting to Jackson starter Joel Penrod for four hits and two runs. The Tigers left the bases loaded, but two runs were more than enough for ace Brad LaBruyere.
LaBruyere. who had allowed three runs in four innings during a substandard outing Saturday, pitched a four-hitter Tuesday. The junior, who improved to 3-0, struck out seven and walked one.
"When you put him on the mound, you don't have to worry about him being into the game," Williams said. "It helps to have a kid who can go out there and you have a chance to beat anyone you play."
Jackson managed just two baserunners through five innings.
"We didn't score any runs, but I thought we had some better swings, hit some balls harder," said Jackson coach Rex Crosnoe, whose team had just two hits in a loss Saturday. "You have to tip you hat to Brad. He's about as good a pitcher as we'll see all year."
Meanwhile, the Tigers got contributions from nearly everyone in their order against the Indians. Blake Slattery led the charge with three hits, including two doubles and three RBIs. Chris Brotherton and Lance Young added two hits apiece.
"That's the way you like to have it. Up and down the lineup, they start building confidence," Williams said.
BLOOMFIELD -- The Portageville Lady Bulldogs traveled to Bloomfield for a nonconference game on Tuesday.
Bloomfield could not get their bats rolling and ended up on the short side of a 12-0 affair. Portageville ran their early season record to 2-0.
After their first two contests were rained out, Deanna Deere had a perfect game on the hill striking out 14 of the 15 batters she faced while facing the minimum in five innings of work.
Leading hitters for Portageville were Underwood 4-4, Deere 2-4 with 3 RBIs, Branch 3-4 and Penn 2-3, RBI. Portageville will return to action on Thursday at home vs. Dyersburg.
Whitney Vandeven pitched a one-hitter over five innings, as Leopold won its opening game Scott County Central.
Vandeven struck out nine.
Casey Bucher, Erin Woodfin and Maddy Hutchings had home runs for Leopold, which banged out eight hits.
Woodfin and Kelly Eftink each had two.