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Early pitcher's battle ends in Oran blowout

Friday, August 29, 2008

Oran shortstop Abbey Anderson makes an over-the-shoulder catch as second baseman Courtney Scheeter comes to her aid.
EAST PRAIRIE -- The Oran Lady Eagles had no problem scoring runs on Thursday afternoon as they soared past the East Prairie Lady Eagles 20-4 in a Lady Eagle bout.

Oran was led by first baseman Halle Woodfin at the plate who smashed two home runs. Each shot was a two-run home run and they were both over the left field wall.

"She hit one at Jackson last year which was her only one during the season ," Oran head coach Sara Heisserer said. "This is her first with two home runs in one game."

Woodfin finished the game with three hits, five RBIs and four runs scored.

Before Woodfin's first home run, East Prairie was still well in reach of trying for a comeback with the score of 4-2 in the fourth inning. But as soon as the ball fell on the other side of the 200 foot sign in left, the wheels starting coming off for the home team.

"I think the first home run took a lot out of us," East Prairie head coach Steve Stokes said. "They probably didn't really know how to react to that and it just took the wind out of our sails. I think we started playing on our heels a little bit."

The Lady Eagles of Oran scored four more runs in the top of the fourth inning with two of those runs coming off the bat of Lexi Cummins who hit a single to the left side of the infield that scored Taylor Tenkhoff and Rachel Moore.

"We made a few errors but I don't really think our defense was bad," Stokes said. "They (Oran) dropped the ball in front of us and hit the gaps which is what you have to do when you hit the ball."

Oran continued their hitting in the sixth inning when they piled on eight runs on six hits to put the game away for good.

Nine players were responsible for driving in runs for Oran. Woodfin (5), Cummins (3), Taylor Irwin (2), Claire Seyer (2), Tenkhoff (2), Moore (2), Courtney Scheeter (1), Amanda Williams (1) and Lauren Nenniger (1). The other run was scored due to a wild pitch.

Oran was also helped by a good outing from freshman Courtney Scheeter. She went four innings allowing two runs (both earned) on four hits and one walk. Scheeter also struck out six on her way towards the win.

"I think she did really well," Heisserer said about her starter. "She's a freshman and has never played at the varsity level. She got a little bit tired towards the end you could tell, but I thought she did really well."

Seyer was called on to close out the last two innings for Oran as she allowed two runs (both earned) on four hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

As for East Prairie, Stephanie Morgan and Grace Swann both knocked in two runs respectively, while Hannah Lemons connected for two singles to be the only player with two hits.

East Prairie had a total of eight hits throughout their lineup which is something that Stokes said is a good sign.

"I thought we made a big improvement at the plate," said Stokes. "At least we put the ball in play more than we did the other day against East Carter. We looked better today than we did in our first game which is what you want to do."

Rachel White received the loss for her unexpected efforts in the circle. Battling some sickness, White started the game and then was eventually called back in to finish it.

"Rachel (White) didn't know she was going to have to pitch today," Stokes said. "I thought she did a heck of a good job. She was a little sick and she still came out here and gutted it out by giving us a few good innings."

Stokes said that although it looked like a bad game he doesn't think that this kind of thing will continue as young squad tries to "fix" whatever it is they need fixing.

"We're still young," he said. "We're replacing four seniors where three of them were in the infield so we're still trying to find out who can play where. Were not as bad as this score indicated I don't think."

"Overall, there's just a couple things we need to fix so hopefully we can fix what we need to."

East Prairie's next game will be at Greenville on Sept. 4 at 4 p.m., while Oran travels to Kelso to take part in the Notre Dame Softballfest on Sept. 5.

Up first for the Lady Eagles in the Softballfest is a Thursday night match-up with Scott City at 5:30 p.m.

Josh Mills, Staff Oran's Courtney Scheeter gets ready to unleash a pitch to an East Prairie Lady Eagle. Scheeter recorded the win in the contest.