Oran and Chaffee open Red Devil Classic with wins

Sunday, May 1, 2011

ORAN -- Still undefeated on the season, the Oran Eagles picked up their 14th consecutive win on Friday 7-1 over Perryville in the Red Devil Classic.

"We did a real good job of being patient, hitting the ball and working the strike zone," Oran coach Mitch Wood said. "We even walked in a run. We did everything today it seemed like. Had some big hits, some big bunts. The kids did some good things."

Tied 1-1 after Perryville scored in the bottom of the second, the Eagles scored three two-out runs in the third to retake the lead for good.

After opening the frame with a strikeout and fly out, Oran loaded the bases before Nolan Urhahn hit a blooper just behind the pitcher to score Dalton Elfrink from third for the winning run.

With the bases still loaded, Blake Carlyle drew a walk to bring in another run before a throw to first allowed the third run to score, putting the Eagles up 4-1.

Padding their lead, Oran went on to score another two runs in the fourth and one in the sixth to make up the final.

"We just hit the ball well," Oran's Kody Moore said. "We hit it when we needed to."

Moore gave the Eagles 5 1/3 innings on the mound to pick up the win. Moore allowed one unearned run on four hits and a five walks while striking out six.

"I felt pretty good," said Moore. "At times I was a little bit shaky controlling it, bit I think I did what I needed to do to get the win."

Forced to work his way out of trouble in the fourth and fifth, Moore got out of both jams unscathed.

After getting the third out in the fourth with runners on first and second, Moore found himself with bases loaded and no outs in the fifth.

Staying collected, Moore induced a pop up to left-center field before striking the Pirate's No. 3 hitter. Finally, with Perryville's cleanup hitter at the plate, Moore got a line out to the second baseman to end the inning.

"He battled," Wood said. "He just threw too many pitches. He was around 102 or 103 and that's just too many.

"You could tell he was struggling so we just shut him down (in the fifth) and let a freshman try to end it. Thank goodness we had a good lead."

Freshman Seth Ressel came in with one out in the fifth and closed out the game.

With nine hits on the night, Oran was led by Tyler Heuring who went 3 for 4 with a home run in first inning to give the Eagles an early lead. Ressel contributed two hits, including a double.

For Perryville, Dustin Thompson had two hits, including a double, on a game where the Pirates combined for four. Ross Moldenhauer and Jared Hotop had the team's other two hits, both singles.

"The bats aren't coming around," Perryville assistant coach Darin Deckard said. "We just have to swing at strikes.

"That's probably our biggest weakness right now. Hopefully that comes around and we get two games in (Saturday) and we come out of here with two victories."

Oran103 201 0 - 7
Perryville010 000 0 - 1

WP -- Kody Moore. LP -- Jake Dobbelare. 2B -- (O) Dalton Elfrink, Seth Ressel; (P) Dustin Thompson. HR -- (O) Tyler Heuring.

Chaffee 2, Twin Rivers 1

CHAFFEE -- Pulling out of a tie with a two outs rally in the bottom of the seventh, the Chaffee Red Devils opened up the Red Devil Classic with a 2-1 win over Twin Rivers.

Tied 1-1 in the final frame, Andy Terhune got things going for Chaffee when he reached on a two outs error before Alex Crowe hit a single to center to leaves runners on first and second.

After the runner were moved over on a Twin Rivers balk, Daniel Dooley put down a bunt past the pitcher to bring in Terhune from third to end the game.

Alex Davie picks up the win, pitching a complete game in which he allowed two hits and three walks while striking out eight.

Ryan Nippe takes the loss, giving up both runs on four hits and striking out nine.

Twin Rivers001 000 0 - 1
Chaffee100 000 1 - 2

WP -- Alex Davie. LP -- Ryan Nippe. 2B -- (C) Alex Davie.

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