(Photo by Josh Mills, Staff)
DELTA -- All facets of the game were on display from the Oran Lady Eagles.
The pitching of Clair Seyer, hitting from almost every player in the lineup and a defense that committed no errors took down the Delta Lady Bobcats for their second straight Class 1, District 1 championship in an 8-1 game.
Seyer went the distance in the seven inning game allowing only one earned run on five hits and four walks and she also struck out eight batters.
"I was very comfortable with her on the mound," Oran head coach Sarah Heisserer said about Seyer. "I know she's going to go out there and throw strikes. She gets in a jam every now and then with walks but I'm still very comfortable with her out there."
It also helped that the Lady Eagles bats did a lot of damage.
Oran scored three runs in the top of the first which was highlighted by a two-run single by Halle Woodfin. Woodfin, who ended up with a double as well, continued to pound the ball after finishing Oran's previous game against Naylor with three doubles and four RBIs.
Seyer and Taylor Irwin each chipped in with two hits and one RBI while Courtney Scheeter had one hit and one RBI.
Taylor Tenkhoff added a two-RBI triple which she herself was able to score a run on because of an errand throw from the Delta defense.
Oran combined for 10 total hits which Heisserer said has been the key to their recent success.
"Hitting was a huge factor," Heisserer said. "Halle Woodfin came out and was great at the plate for us. She had been in a bit of a slump for five or six games and she was just phenomenal for us in the tournament. Taylor Tenkhoff too, hadn't been doing very well with battling a back injury and she had big hits for us too."
With the big lead that the offense provided, the defense kept it intact.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Taylor Smith and Taylor Keys each led-off with back-to-back singles for the Lady Bobcats. The next batter, Kendra Burnett, hit a groundball right to Oran's second baseman Scheeter who quickly tagged Keys, who was on her way to second, then threw to first base to complete the double play.
Seyer walked the next two batters after that to load the bases, but ended the inning herself when she caught Courtney Burton looking at the plate.
"We just wanted to make sure of an out," Heisserer said. "Those runs didn't really mean anything. We just had to stay relaxed and make the play."
Oran (11-7) is hoping that they can continue their solid play into the sectional round at Norwood (13-13) on Wednesday.