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Oran baseball rolls past Bloomfield 13-0

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Oran's Trenton Hency steals second base as Bloomfield's second baseman Logan Cowart catches the throw. Bloomfield shortstop Travis Phillips backs up the play. Oran won the game 13-0.
(Brent Shipman, Staff)
ORAN -- Led by a dominant performance on the mound from senior Zac Chasteen, the Oran Eagles cruised to an easy victory Tuesday afternoon, blanking the Bloomfield Wildcats 13-0 to open the season.

After giving up a double to Bloomfield pitcher Paul Fox to start the game, Chasteen didn't allow another hit, going all five innings while striking out nine to earn the win.

"Chasteen came and performed well," Oran coach Mitch Wood said. "He was right there at the borderline with his pitches.

"He ended up throwing about 80 pitches, which is all we want him to throw."

As impressive as the Eagle's pitching was, its offense put on a showcase of their own.

Oran would put up two-runs in the first, but did most of their damage in the bottom of the fourth, going on an 11-run romp to put the game firmly out of the Wildcat's reach.

Six of the Eagle's eight hits on the night came in the inning, including an RBI double by Nolan Urhahn to cap off the drive.

"We came out, hit the ball real well," Oran catcher Tyler Heuring said. "We've been taking a lot of cuts in practice and it's paid off."

Seven players on the Eagle's squad had hits, with third baseman Gabe Kielhofner the only one with a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

While Wood was happy to see a strong offensive performance, he think his team's fate this season lies with the defense.

"That's what we're going to have to rely on, I'm here to tell you," he said.

"If we're going to be any good this year, what we're going to have to do is have good pitching and hope our defense stays strong."

For the Wildcats, pitcher Paul Fox takes the loss, allowing eight earned runs while striking out five in 3 1/3 innings.

Wildcat coach Jason Karnes said with no seniors and only one junior starting, they are going to have their share of growing pains this season.

"We're playing freshman against 17 and 18-year old boys," he said. "We're going to make some mistakes.

"We probably made two or three mistakes today just because we were young. That's just part of it."

Both teams get back in action Thursday as the Eagles take on the visiting Advance Hornets and the Wildcats travel to Doniphan to face the Dons.

Bloomfield 000 0 0 -- 0

Oran 200 11 x -- 13

WP -- Zac Chasteen (1-0). LP -- Paul Fox (0-1). Multiple hits -- (Bloomfield) none; (Oran) -- Gabe Kielhofner 2-3. Extra-base hits -- 2B: (Bloomfield) Paul Fox; (Oran) Nolan Urhahn. 3B -- (Bloomfield) none; (Oran) Kody Moore.

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