(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
SCOTT CITY -- If there's one thing Oran has had little trouble finding so far this season, it's offense.
After scoring 47 runs in their first four games, the Eagles' bats came alive again Wednesday when Oran visited Scott City, pounding out 12 hits in a 13-8 win.
"We've been hitting well all year," Eagles coach Mitch Woods said. "Except for against Leopold, where we scored two runs, but the rest of the time we've been (scoring) 13 or 16 a game."
Holding a 3-1 lead after four innings, Oran broke things open in the fifth, scoring seven runs in the frame to take a comfortable nine run advantage.
Kody Moore and Zac Chasteen started the rally off with a pair of doubles before coming around to score.
Up to bat a second time in the inning, this time with the bases loaded, Moore capped the Eagles' drive with a base clearing double to deep left that traveled all the way back to the fence.
"I'm seeing the ball pretty well right now," Moore said.
Though they took a comfortable 13-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh, Oran got a little scare when the Rams tried to mount a comeback.
Following Brett Dirnberger driving in Scott City's first run of the inning, the Rams got a big boost when Jamie Scholz and Chris Limbaugh hit back to back home runs to cut their team's deficit to five.
With runners on first and second, Scholz hit a drive that easily cleared the fence in left while Limbaugh followed that up with a solo shot also to left to cut Scott City's deficit to 13-8.
Unfortunately for the Rams, with one out and a runner on first, Oran relief pitcher Dalton Elfrink forced Scott City's No. 8 hitter to ground out to short before inducing a pop up to first in the Rams' next at bat to end the game.
"(Oran) played really well," Scott City assistant coach Jim May said. "We just couldn't come up with key hits in the clutch until that last inning."
Moving to 5-0 on the season, Oran got a big boost from the stellar play of Moore both at the plate and on the mound. Going six full innings, Moore held the Rams to three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five.
"I was having a little bit of trouble locating my fastball," Moore said. "I was leaving it up a little bit. My curveball was working. I had to find it in the first inning, but after that I felt it was working pretty well."
Added Woods, "he did exactly what we wanted him to do. He just had a couple of innings where he probably should have gotten through them with less pitches."
Helping his own cause, Moore also led the Eagles' offense going 3 for 5 at the plate with a pair of doubles and four runs batted in.
He was followed by Nolan Urhahn and Blake Carlyle who each contributed a pair of hits, including a double by Carlyle.
For Scott City (2-4-1), Brett Dirnberger, Scholz and Limbaugh each had a pair of hits as the Rams combined for 10 hits on the contest.
Scholz takes the loss, giving up nine runs in 4 2/3 innings on eight hits and three walks while striking out nine.
Oran 030 071 2 - 13
Scott City 100 020 5 - 8
WP -- Kody Moore. LP -- Jamie Scholz. 2B -- (O) Moore 2, Zac Chasteen, Dalton Elfrink, Blake Carlyle, Seth Ressell; (SC) Landon Robert, Brett Dirnberger. HR -- (SC) Jamie Scholz, Chris Limbaugh, Heath Pobst.