(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
ORAN - In his first appearance on the mound of his young high school career, freshman Kody Moore couldn't have asked for much better results.
With Oran trailing the Leopold Wildcats 2-0 entering the third, Moore made the move from short an inning earlier than he expected after starter Zac Chasteen felt some discomfort in his arm.
Moore would put together five solid innings, allowing only one run while striking out seven as his Eagle's pumped out seven runs in those final five frames to give Oran the 7-3 win.
"We've been watching the last two or three years coming up, so I can't say I was surprised," Oran coach Mitch Wood said. "He's done that all the way up."
The Eagles offense came alive in the fifth when, after trailing 2-1 entering the frame, the floodgates burst open as Oran went on a six-run rally.
With a walk, a single and an error leaving the bases loaded, catcher Tyler Heuring would force home the tying run walk to start the inning.
Next to bat, Chasteen would make up for the two runs he allowed on the mound, by bringing in two off a line drive to left field giving Oran a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
A single by Adam Schaefer would send another two across the plate with Mac McConnel bringing home Oran's sixth and final run of the inning.
Wood said it was good to see some breaks start going their way.
"We hit the ball hard at the beginning of the game, we were just hitting it right at them a little bit," he said. "It's kind of crazy, but the hard hit balls they caught, the little fly balls they missed.
"That's just the game of baseball I guess."
After playing the Eagles so close the whole game, Leopold coach Jacob Gretin said he looks forward to a rematch.
"Had a real good chance of beating these guys," he said. "I think maybe we're going to face them in districts at the end of the year and hopefully have a better run at it."
Oran gets back in action this afternoon, when they travel to Dexter to play the Bearcats at 4 p.m.
Leopold 020 001 0 -- 3
Oran 001 060 0 -- 7
WP -- Kody Moore (1-0). LP -- Ryan Davis. Multiple hits -- (Leopold) Robert Brown 2-for-3, Ben Seiler 2-for-3; (Oran) none.