War Eagle Baseball Teams Having Successful Offseason

Drew Morytko is pitching for the Oak Ridge Blue team this offseason.

Drew Morytko is pitching for the Oak Ridge Blue team this offseason.

The Oak Ridge football team is not the only War Eagle team making headlines this fall. The War Eagle off season baseball team competed in the TASO (Texas Association of Sports Officials) fall baseball tournament and represented the school in grand fashion.

Split into two squads, the Varsity Blue team coached by Bart Cobb made it all the way to the semi-finals of the championship bracket and one win away from playing in the championship game at Constellation Field. The Varsity Red team also repped well by going 2-1 in a very tough Pool Play bracket.

To advance to the championship bracket, the Blue team defeated Spring 8-3, Baytown Sterling 2-0, Kingwood 3-1 and tied Clear Brook 3-3.

Blue’s starting pitchers, Tyler Miller, Drew Morytko and Josh Heard were excellent throughout the tournament confusing and overpowering opposing hitters. Morytko and Miller threw back to back no-no’s en route to the championship bracket. When the starters needed Rolaids, the relief pitchers, Turner Givens, Kim Plympton and Peydon Vasquez made a good account of themselves as the whole staff never gave up more than three runs in a game the whole tournament.

Alex Walker adorned the tools of ignorance behind the plate and showed why he is one of the best catchers in Texas 5A baseball. Walker’s pitch calling and leadership were vital to the success of the team.

The War Eagle defense played stellar throughout the tournament as first baseman Kim Plympton, second baseman Bailey Cobb, third baseman Anthony Smith and Grant Ware at shortstop were in total lockdown.

The Blue outfielders, Mario Garza, Zach Rollins, Turner Givens, Evan Echelman, Justin Cassio and Miles Dunn played tournament long errorless baseball.

In the end, the Blue team beat Clear Creek and then lost to Brazoswood in the semi’s.

Coach Cobb shared his thoughts on his team’s showing: “These boys are extremely talented and have grown their game over the last year under Coach Pirtle (ORHS Baseball Coach) and his excellent staff. In the end, while the guys hit well, they could not string a whole lot of hits together and score the runs needed to advance. We’re extremely proud of these guys for their effort and the class they showed while representing the Oak Ridge high school baseball program.”

In Varsity Red team pool play action, Coach Norman Smith’s charges beat Klein Oak 8-2 on the strength of three hot hitters, Jose Sanchez, Derek Davis and Joey Barrile. On the hill, the team was led by Luken Baker as he did not give up an earned run. Drew Mesecher closed out the game in relief of Baker giving up just one hit.

In game two, Oak Ridge overpowered Morton Ranch 11-5 as Bryce Foley, Coby Smith, Sanchez, Mesecher, Davis and Barrile swung the hot bats.

Game three saw the Red team lose to a tough Cy Fair team, 7-3. Brock Woody pitched five innings and gave up just one earned run while whiffing five batters and Smith pitched a scoreless inning.

Mesecher, Barrile, Smith and Davis figured into the three Red runs.

Red team pitchers threw 13 K’s and only gave up three earned runs in 16 innings of play. The team batting average was .351.

Things are looking up over on the baseball diamond. See you over there in February.

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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