(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
ORAN -- Run support was no problem for the Charleston Bluejays Monday afternoon when they visited the Oran Eagles.
Coming off Friday's 10-5 decision over New Madrid County Central, the Bluejays once again lit up the scoreboard, pumping out 12 hits for 12 runs to defeat the Eagles 12-2.
"Anytime you come to Oran and get a 'W' it's a good day," Charleston coach Michael Minner said. "We're excited and we just keep doing things a little bit better."
After both teams put up a run in the first, the Bluejays would break the game open in the top of the second.
With two outs, Marshall Stallings brought in the first run of the inning with a base hit to left scoring Shane Scott, who started the inning for the Bluejays getting hit by a pitch.
Next up to bat, with Hunter Dugan and Stallings on the base paths, Charleston pitcher James Naile contributed to his own cause, sending a shot deep just left of the 351-foot mark on the outfield fence in deep center, for a three-run home run to give the Bluejays a 5-1 lead.
"The pitcher fell behind in the count," Naile said. "Luckily I was kind of hoping for a fast ball and put a good swing on it."
Over the final five frames Charleston collected another seven runs while only allowing one in the seventh to make up the final.
Stallings led the Bluejays in hits with three, while Naile, Zach Rowland and Scott all collected two.
Equally as important as Charleston's offensive outing was the performance on the mound by Naile, who earned his third win of the season.
In going all seven innings, Naile gave up nine hits and one walk while striking out 11.
"I felt pretty good," he said. "I had a little trouble early getting my command of the fast ball like I wanted, but me and (catcher Rowland) kind of settled in and we got a few ground balls and the team made some plays."
For Oran, seven of their nine starters earned a hit, with Dalton Elfrink and Nolan Urhahn leading the team with two apiece.
When talking about the Eagle's offensive struggles, their coach Mitch Wood hopes some better health will help solidify his line up.
"We haven't had the same starting line up yet," he said. "We've had a few injuries and different things so hopefully some things work out for us."
Now at 3-4 on the the year, Oran will get the chance to get back to the .500 mark on Wednesday when they travel to Scott County Central to take on the Braves at 4 p.m.
Charleston improves their mark to 6-2 this season and will look to make it five wins in-a-row when they visit Dexter today at 4 p.m.
Charleston 140 230 2 - 12
Oran 100 000 1 - 2
WP -- James Naile (3-2). LP -- Zac Chasteen. Multiple hits -- Marshall Stallings, (C), 3-3, Naile,(C), 2-4, Zach Rowland, (C), 2-4, Shane Scott, 2-4, Dalton Elfrink, (O), 2-4, Nolan Urhahn, (O), 2-3. Extra-base hits -- 2B: Rowland, (C), (2), Elfrink, (O); HR: Naile, (C).