The Ridge Tops The Woodlands in Sophs 12-11 Wild Win

The Oak Ridge Sophomore baseball team improved their district record to 3-1 with a 12-11 victory over the Woodlands Highlanders.

This game had just about everything a game could have … there was a triple play, homerun, an attempted steal of home, twenty six hits combined, and a amazing comeback by the War Eagles!

You knew in the first inning that this was going to be a strange night as the first two War Eagle batters reached base on walks and then on a three and one count the War Eagles DH Evan Eshelman hit a line drive to the Highlander shortstop, who then tagged the runner at second, then he threw on to first base to complete the rare triple play. In the bottom of the third inning, another rare baseball play happened as the Highlanders attempted a straight steal of home. However, was not the first rodeo for the War Eagle back stop Alex Walker and he was waiting at the dish for the runner and that would end the scoring threat for the Highlanders.

Throughout the first five innings, the War Eagle batters just couldn’t get the big hit, but the sixth and seventh innings were different. Going into the top of the sixth inning the War Eagles were down 10-2, and that’s when the War Eagles started their comeback. Oak Ridge scored three runs on two walks and hits by Ryan Hoepner, Tanner Doyel, Brock Woody and Evan Eshelman. In the bottom of the sixth, the Highlanders were able to scratch across one run making the score 11-5 after six innings of play. In the top of the seventh, the Highlander pitching staff completely fell apart, walking seven War Eagle batters and giving up hits to Joey Barrile, Tanner Doyel, Clayton Grett and Evan Eshelman. After the War Eagles batted around, Joey Barrile delivered the go ahead RBI with a sac fly to left field. Tyler Miller was called on to pitch the bottom of the seventh and put the stamp on the comeback for the War Eagles! Miller gave up just one hit and struck out two Highlanders to end the game and send the War Eagles home with the victory!

Next up for the Sophomores: Lufkin @ Oak Ridge Monday at 6:30, make plans to come out and support these young War Eagles! See you there.

Team    1          2          3          4          5          6          7          R          H          E

Oak Ridge         0          0          1          1          0          3          7          12         13         3

The Woodlands          3          2          0          1          4          1          0          11         13         2

This article was contributed by Derrick Walker

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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