ORAN -- The Charleston Squirrels could not get the job done against the host team Oran on Thursday afternoon as the Squirrels fell 5-2.
"He threw the ball well," Charleston head coach Michael Minner said about his starting hurler. "He got ahead of hitters and made them (Oran) put the ball in play. He was real successful early and then made some bad pitches late. But, that's part of it."
Freed started the game by sitting down the first seven he saw at the plate. But, a walk to Skylar Trankler with one out in the third inning came back to hurt Freed and the Squirrels as Trankler scored the first run of the ball game. Trankler was brought in on an RBI single from Evan Reichman.
From there Oran scored two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to make it a 5-0 game.
"We just couldn't get anything going," said Minner. "We had a couple of miscues on defense that probably cost us a couple of runs. But, other than that we just didn't get it done."
The Nuts put their two runs on the board in the sixth inning on two bases loaded walks with no outs from Dirnberger.
Dirnberger was able to get out of the jam with a strikeout and a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
"I don't think we played bad," Minner said. "We just didn't hit. We had some opportunities and didn't get some guys in. I thought we hit some balls hard but this turf is pretty slow and it kind of killed some balls."
Oran had seven hits on the day with Tyler Beardslee leading the pack with two of them. Beardslee also had a run scored and two RBIs.
Chris Asmus was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Reichman was 1-for-1 with a run scored and an RBI and Dustin Legrand added a double to the hit column.
"They're a pretty good ball club," Minner said about Oran. "We just didn't play well enough to win. But, we were in the ball game."
Colin Gilooly went 1-for-2 with a walk for RBI, while Eric Rolwing was 1-for-1 with two walks including the walk for RBI.
Freed allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits, two walks and four strikeouts in the losing effort as Dirnberger allowed two runs, both earned, on six hits, six walks and four strikeouts.
In the second game of the double-header, the Squirrels were able to return the favor with an offensive explosion that lasted only five innings.
Charleston racked up 15 runs highlighted by a Matt Medlock home run as they cruised for their 19th win of the season.
James Miller pitched the complete game allowing two earned runs.
The Squirrels will travel to Fulton, Ky for their next game as they gear up for the state tournament that will take place next week at Farmington.