(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
ORAN -- Getting a complete game shut out from Zac Chasteen on the mound, Oran pushed their season-opening win streak to seven Wednesday afternoon with a 10-0 against visiting Scott Central.
"I had some soreness throughout the week," Chasteen said. "I just let it rest for a couple of games and then came out today and it felt really well.
"Every pitch was working. I throw fastballs and curveballs and changeups and everything worked."
Needing 58 pitches, Chasteen allowed two hits and walk while striking out five. He retired the side in order in three of the five innings.
"We were worried about his arm a little bit and he did a lot better," Oran coach Mitch Woods said. "We're tickled to death. He was done either way that fifth inning because we have four games this weekend."
After only scoring one run in their last outing, a 1-0 win over Oak Ridge, the Oran bats came alive against the Braves with their first four batters of the game reaching before coming around to score to take an early 4-0 lead.
Following a scoreless second where they came up empty handed after loading the bases, Oran got a big boost in the third when Kody Moore hit a three-run home run to left center to pull the Eagles ahead 7-0.
"Kody's seeing the ball well right now," Woods said. "He's been hitting the ball well all year long."
Up 9-0 after a two run fourth, the Eagles were able to put the game to rest when Chasteen came in to score after reaching base when he got hit by a pitch.
On third with the bases loaded and one out, Chasteen came home when when a potential double play ball was misplayed at second, allowing Chasteen to score to end the game.
"Oran is a very good team," Braves' coach Matt Limbaugh said. "They're very well coached, make the plays and put the ball in play. They came out and beat a struggling team. They deserve all the credit."
With eight hits on the game, the Eagles were led by Moore, Chasteen and Dalton Elfrink who had two hits apiece. All three contributed a double to Oran's cause while Moore also had the above mentioned home run.
For the Braves (4-3), Freed and Dustin Johnson each had a hit as Freed came away with a double in the third with Johnson singling in the fourth.
Scott Central 000 00 - 0
Oran 403 21 - 10
WP -- Zac Chasteen (3-0). LP Ben Freed (2-1). 2B -- (S) Ben Freed; (O) Kody Moore, Zac Chasteen, Dalton Elfrink. HR -- (O) Moore.