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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Oak Ridge Baseball Facility Facelift in Full Swing

Photo courtesy of Simon Ladesma

After years of waiting, the War Eagles and their fans are about to get some much needed upgrades to their baseball facilities!

Thanks to the hard work of booster parents, Coach Mike Pirtle, Principal Tommy Johnson, District Athletic Director Danny Long and others at the district level, the Conroe ISD School Board approved a package of more than $725,000 for Oak Ridge baseball.

Add this to the $375,000 outfield replacement that has been completed and total improvements top $1.1 million since September!

Here is a look at what is coming for Oak Ridge baseball thanks to CISD:

  • The current dugouts, netting behind home plate, lights and batting cages and bullpen will all be removed. The apparel and storage sheds will also be moved.
  • Bleachers will be added on the first and third base sides, tied into the existing bleachers. A central walkway at the height of the current brick wall will wrap in front of all three sets of bleachers to allow spectators to move freely around the stadium.
  • Handicapped accessible ramps will be installed to allow all fans access to the bleacher areas.
  • New dugouts will be constructed for home and visitors located 20 feet further down the lines to improve player safety.
  • New, more efficient and more powerful lighting will be installed on the existing light poles – improving player safety and fan experience.
  • A 65′ x 80′  concrete pad will be installed to accommodate a batting and pitching facility.

As we in Oak Ridge celebrate the transformation that is to come, we must at the same time get to work to do our part. This is why the War Eagle baseball program is launching a $40,000 “Swinging for the Future” capital campaign to fund the construction of the much needed batting cage and bullpen area.

Thanks to some negotiating with the contractor and other behind the scenes work, the construction on that facility will begin immediately and run concurrently with the efforts to raise the money needed to pay for the structure.

A quick look at the new facility to be paid for by the ORHS Baseball Boosters:

  • The 65′ x 80′ structure will feature a steel roof and apron along the top of each side, protecting players and coaches from both rain and sun.
  • Three batting tunnels, dividable into multiple hitting stations will be installed.
  • A clay mound accomodating a pair of pitchers will be installed in the bullpen area.
  • All nets will be on steel cables, allowing them to be pulled back so the facility can be used for agility drills and hitting ground balls.
  • Lights will be installed to maximize the facility’s hours of use.

If you would like to help in the way of a donation or know someone or some business that might be interested in donating, please e-mail Bryan Morytko at bmorytko@gmail.com.

All renovations are projected to be completed for the spring, 2014 baseball season.

This is just another example of how Oak Ridge high school is raising the bar on and off the athletic fields.

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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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War Eagle Baseball Saying Goodbye to the “Soup Bowl”

There are early signs of life over at the baseball field. As you will see in the pictures, construction crews are present and it appears as if the $667K allotted to the Oak Ridge High School baseball program is being put to use already.

Years ago, the field was thrown up with not a heck of a lot of thought or concern in regards to drainage. Therefore, it seems like as soon as a fan would flush the facility bathroom, baseball would cease to exist until the soup bowl of a field would dry up over time. Okay, that’s a little extreme but if you have ever been to a game at the field, you can tell that the field resembled the city of New Orleans in that it was an impromptu soup bowl.

Our guess is the workers are now crowning the field so for the first time in the history of Oak Ridge baseball, water will drain from the field and less rain-outs will occur. In the past, the coaches would do their best to have the field aerated to combat the rain. I can attest that former Coach Scheiner slaved over that field to salvage regularly scheduled games. If Scheiner didn’t, the games would get all bunched up in consecutive days and no one has the arms (pitching) to survive a tight schedule in such a tough district (14-5A).

In an attempt to save games, the parents of the Class of 2011’s players chipped in and bought a tarp in 2007. This helped save games as the tarp covered the whole infield and extended another 30 feet into the outfield. It was a sight to see a game after a heavy rain. The infield would be fine but if a ball was hit in the gap, the ball would get plugged sometimes eliminating extra base hits.

We’ll have more detailed information as to the work being done at the field as the year rolls on.

Until then, Go Oak Ridge!

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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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Meet New War Eagle Baseball Coach Mike Pirtle

Oak Ridge High School went out and found the most qualified high school coach on the market in Mike Pirtle, who comes over from Tyler-Lee after a run of eleven straight playoff appearances. In the last five of the past seven years at Tyler-Lee, Coach Pirtle has earned District Coach of the Year honors.

Pirtle joins the War Eagles following a year in which former coach Stacy Scheiner came within an eyelash of leading Oak Ridge to the playoffs in one of the toughest baseball districts in Texas. Along with Scheiner, the War Eagles lose nine seniors from that team.

New head football Coach/Athletic Director, Derek Rush was quoted as saying, “We went out and got one the best high school baseball coaches in the state.”

Coach Pirtle’s bio compliments of the War Eagle Baseball web site here.

 Mike Pirtle is from Longview, Texas. He is a graduate of Pine Tree High School, Paris Junior College and Stephen F. Austin State University. He graduated with a B.S. in History. He earned his Masters of Education from SFA in 1984. Pirtle captained teams at both Paris Junior College and Stephen F. Austin. In addition to captaining the SFA Lumberjacks in 1982, the middle infielder was their Most Valuable Player. Coach Pirtle also won the “Dick Wright Memorial Award” which is given to the SFA athlete for their dedication to athletics at SFA.  In 1981 he was awarded “Newcomer of the Year” at Stephen F. Austin. In 1982 he was also all-region at Stephen F. Austin and won the team’s “Golden Glove Award.”     

After serving as a graduate assistant at SFA, Pirtle returned to Longview, coaching for three years at Spring Hill, his first two as an assistant. His first year as Head Coach in 1987, the Panthers went 16-8.

In 1988, Pirtle began a 10-year association with Harmony, where his teams were ranked in the Top Ten among 2A teams during his first nine seasons. His time there included a State Championship in 1990 and State Runner-Up in 1996. In 1998, he moved to Caddo Mills where his team was 22-6 and a State Quarterfinalist in 1999.

Coach Pirtle was five times District 19-2A Coach of the Year while at Harmony, and was twice selected as the Tyler Courier Times-Telegraph Coach of the Year. In 1990, he was the Texas High School 2A Coach of the Year and in 1997 was a coach in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game. He has also been a part of the East Texas High School All-Star game since it began in 1989.  

Coach Pirtle is a former Texas High School Coaches Association UIL Baseball Advisory Board.  He also served as a Regional Director for the Texas High School Coaches Association.  Coach Pirtle was elected to the East Texas Baseball Hall of Honor in 2005.  In 1996 he was honored by HSE Sports as “Coach that Makes a Difference.”

His record as a head coach is 487-217-6.  His Tyler Lee teams have made the play-offs the last 11 years. In 2007 they set the school record with wins with 30. In 2007, 2009 and 2010 the Raiders made it to the 5A Regional Semi-Finals. In 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 he was district 12 5A Coach of the Year.

Former head coaches and current head coaches from Kilgore, Spring Hill, Troup, Frankston, Arp, Maud, TK Gorman, and Harmony all played for Coach Pirtle.

Coach Pirtle has coached 24 players who were all-state in Texas. He also coached one that was a high school All-American. Coach Pirtle had 3 of his former players sign professional contracts.  In all of his years of coaching he has had over 60 players go on and play at the collegiate level.

Coach Pirtle is also proud to have been involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for over 30 years. He is currently one of the Tyler Lee FCA sponsors. Mike and his wife, Andrea, have three sons. Coach Pirtle’s oldest son Drew graduated and played baseball at Dallas Baptist.  His middle son, Tyler is a graduate of Vanderbilt. He also was a part of Vanderbilt’s College World Series team this past year. Coach Pirtle’s youngest son Brett is a part of Panola’s baseball team this year. He has signed to play next year at Mississippi State. Coach Pirtle is proud that all three sons were a part of the Tyler Lee program.  Coach Pirtle is also the brother of Terry Pirtle. Terry played 4 years for John Skeeters at Sam Houston in the 80’s.  Terry was an All-American infielder and still holds some of the records at Sam Houston State.

Oak Ridge Now took the opportunity to find out a little more about Coach Pirtle than what’s in his bio.

What is your philosophy in regards to how varsity practices should be run? Are you high energy with everyone doing something all the time and-or…? 

I have been coaching for 28 years so things change.  I am always looking for better ways of doing things. We will have a fast past practice with all the guys. I like my kids moving. Our practices are a lot like football practices where we will go from station to station on time, etc…

Everything revolves around a couple of things- first and foremost the kids, how many, how many teams, etc… The second thing is the facilities. Too many kids, not enough facilities, etc… We will get the most out of our space with the most amount of kids we have. At Lee we had a practice field on campus, a game field at Mike Carter (great place), and our JV and freshmen had access to our Little League Fields for their games. Sometimes we would all be on the one field. This took organization. Sometimes all of our kids will be working together. All grades working with our pitching coach, all grades working with infield or outfield coaches, etc…

I have a lot of ideas after looking at the field. When all is said and done and facilities are upgraded I will have a better plan in place. In the meantime, I will make adjustments and try to get the kids as best prepared as possible for the upcoming season. I really have no idea what has gone on in the past. I have to look at what will work for this program going forward. 

In the past, the Frosh and JV teams have been relegated to the cages or maybe an unused soccer field or parking lot. The former coach made it clear that everything having to do with the baseball program is geared towards the varsity having success so there were times when the sub V programs would get the shaft. It was accepted because field space was always a problem. How do you plan on combating that issue? I only ask because that situation created a lot of us against them and often times there wasn’t much continuity/team chemistry within the program as a result.

Facilities create this program,  I like for all the coaches to coach all age groups in Spring. Yes, the varsity is the most important but we want all our kids to have the foundation of doing the same things on a daily basis We will be building a program and not just one team. Please refer to my other teams that I have coached. I can’t say that the varsity won’t have more time on the field but they will have priority on rainy days etc… that will be done on an as needed basis. My idea right now is to rotate teams and some teams working with other teams on field. JV/Varsity, JV/9th grade Varsity/9th grade.  

Our foundation will start with the 9th graders.  Everyone will be treated the same. I expect the older kids to support the younger kids and help them.  I am not trying to build a resume and move to another school. I am here to build a program from ground up. The foundation looks like it is in great shape. We will learn from our losses and grow with our victories. I want all groups to win and do well.

Have you had meetings with the AD/football coach in regards to how you will be working together? The previous regimes were at each others throats and the result was very few baseball players played football. You would have athletes playing both as frosh and JV but when it was time for varsity, you would rarely see a baseball player participating in football and vice-versa. There was serious tension. It’s not just at Oak Ridge, it’s everywhere. How can you conquer that goblin? 

LOL, I have coached 28 years and I think 27 of those years I coached football. I may find some way to help Coach Rush out this year. Coach Rush is a great coach. Never coached with him only against him.  We both have the kids best interest at heart so I do not see foresee a problem.  While at Lee, we won state in football and were one of the premier teams in the state until recently. I am very proud to be a part along with the other football coaches.

If a kid just wants to play baseball this will be his and his parents decision, not mine. I have never told a kid to play one sport or another and will not do it in the future. I helped get a particular player on the baseball team at Baylor( well I got him a look and he delivered). They took him as a catcher and he red shirted this year. I also told the Baylor coaches about him in football. This past year he walked on and won a job snapping extra points. His name is Jimmy Landes. He got a workout the last game. Hopefully this year he will get money for football.

Bottom line is this, it is about the kids.  I have played and my years are up. I have coached a lot of different sports, even helped during the class day the last couple of years with girls softball. 

I have witnessed the culture within the ORHS feeder zone ever since the school went 5A. As soon as that occurred, it was excuse time and if and when Oak Ridge would lose , it was always…”Well, we aren’t really 5A anyway so if we give teams a decent game, that’s good enough.” It was never about let’s defeat the odds and become an athletic giant. This loser mentality culture within the community trickled down and was like the plague. Often times, you would hear of a coach working hard to mold a team which involved discipline and would be well on their way to molding a team. The player would go home and complain about the discipline and would be bailed out by the parents. It starts at home. The coaches would get these guys in gear, then a majority of the parents would ruin it. So, for all the hard work the coaches put in, They had to start at square one the next day. It’s defeating and I saw a lot of coaches after a while just say, “screw it”. How will you combat this issue?

 All that I can do is be fair. I think in time you will see a change. This starts with the kids being excited about being a part of our program.  I am looking forward to the challenge of helping Oak Ridge Baseball be a great program. We will be in the best 5A district in the state next year. My biggest goal now is to get to know the kids.

My job is to put the kids in the best possible position to win. Their job is to win. They get the wins and I get the losses. I hate to lose and I love for them to win.  One thing I have learned over the years is that I will not please everyone. The only thing I can do is do the best I can be and do the things that I feel is in the best interest of the program. 

Any parting words, Coach Pirtle?

I appreciate what Oak Ridge Now does for the community. I left a great school with great kids and great parents. This school reminds me a lot of the program when I took over at Lee. I have no idea why I am here, LoL. God puts us in different places for different reasons. I am excited to see what he has in store for me here.  

I don’t know what I have taught the kids I have coached in the past. I do know what they have taught me. I am anxious for a new challenge. Life is good. I have three great kids and one terrific wife of almost 30 years.

There you have it. Coach Pirtle has a lot of work to do on and off the field and will be an excellent role model to go along with being a winner. Let’s all support this man 100%!

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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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Lufkin JV Team Too Much For Sophomores

The Oak Ridge sophomore baseball team took on the JV team from Lufkin after a scheduling mistake. This would be a learning experience for the young War Eagles. The War Eagles took this one on the chin loosing 11-1.

The Sophomores were able to hang with the Lufkin JV Team for four and two thirds innings, the score was 3-0. Tyler Miller got the start on the hill for the War Eagles, Miller proved he could hold his own against the older team. He pitched four and two thirds innings giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits, while striking out four Panthers.

With two outs and runners on first and second in the top of the fifth inning, the wheels came off the once close game, the War Eagles committed three costly errors allowing four more runs to cross the plate, putting an end to any thought of a War Eagle come back.

The Lufkin pitcher was too much for the young War Eagles, he had a nasty curve ball that he threw every other pitch it seemed like and War Eagle batters just couldn’t lay off it.

There were a few bright spots for the War Eagles, Derek Davis, Tanner Doyel and Jacob Norton collected hits, War Eagle back stop Alex Walker threw out a would be base stealer and Peydon Vasquez had an outfield assist, throwing out a base runner trying to score from second.

In all this was good experience for the Sophomore War Eagles, maybe it will help prepare them for the rest of the district schedule.

Next up for the Sophomores: Rudder @ Oak Ridge, Saturday at 12:00. Hope to see you there.

Team    1          2          3          4          5          6          7          R          H          E

Lufkin JV           2          0          0          1          4          1          3          11         11         1

Oak Ridge         0          0          0          0          1          0          0          1          3          6

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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War Eagle Bats Go Cold in 3-2 Loss to Lufkin

On a perfect night for baseball in Lufkin, near perfect pitching by Oak Ridge’s Josh Smith was not enough to take the victory as the War Eagles lost to the Panthers 3 – 2 in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Josh Smith faced off against Lufkin’s Texas A&M commit Gandy Stubblefield in a classic pitcher’s duel.  Smith gave up one hit to Lufkin’s powerful team striking out nine Lufkin batters while Stubblefield gave up two hits striking out five Oak Ridge batters.  The difference in the game was in the field.  Lufkin made no errors while Oak Ridge made four.

Lufkin started the scoring in the first inning when Smith walked the lead off hitter then hit the next two batters.  A Stoehr to Burke to Navarro double play allowed the runner to score from third and the Lufkin Panthers took a 1 – 0 lead.

The score remained 1 – 0 until the sixth inning when Oak Ridge’s Logan Boren reached first on a fielder’s choice.  Connor Sarant followed with a single and two passed balls allowed Boren and Sarant to score taking the game to 2 – 1 with Oak Ridge up going into the seventh inning.

The War Eagles could not close the deal in the bottom of the seventh as they committed three errors which was enough to allow two Lufkin base runners to score.

Lufkin’s lone hit came in the seventh inning when pinch hitter Chris Bean hit a double down the left field line.  An infield error allowed Bean to score tying the game at two.  A ground out to the pitcher advanced Lufkin’s base runner to second. On the next pitch, the runner from second scored on an infield grounder. Running all the way, the runner scored on a bang-bang play where the first baseman was pulled off the bag by the throw and his throw home was late which concluded the game.

Oak Ridge’s two hits were a single by Connor Sarant and a single by Dylan Cyr.

Oak Ridge now drops to 1 – 4 in district play and have a bye this Friday.  Oak Ridge will travel to Bryan-Rudder Saturday in a non-district game.  District play resumes on April 5th when Kingwood comes to Oak Ridge for a 7pm tilt.

Box Score

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
Oak Ridge   2 Runs 2 Hits 4 Errors 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Lufkin   3 Runs 1 Hit  0 Errors 1 0 0 0 0 0 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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War Eagles Get Roughed Up by The Woodlands

The Woodlands bats exploded for six home runs, 14 hits and 12 runs behind the near perfect pitching by The Woodlands’ Andrew Godail, taking a 12 – 1 mercy rule victory over the Oak Ridge War Eagles in their first meeting of the season.

The War Eagles scattered five singles off Godail in the five inning contest.  Oak Ridge’s lone run came in the first inning when lead off hitter Connor Sarant reached first on a single and Matt Burke knocked him in with a single to right field.  Connor Sarant went three for three at the plate while Matt Burke and Tyler Cook both had a single.  Otherwise, Godail struck out seven and walked one in his five inning complete game gem.

Oak Ridge’s starting pitcher Blake Stoehr was credited with the loss as he gave up 11 runs off 13 hits and one free pass in 3.2 innings of work.  Relief pitcher Tyler Cook allowed one run on one hit in 1.1 inning.

Hitting home runs for The Woodlands were Elliot Richoux, Robbie Goldsmith, Landon Merka, Ryan Flynn and Garrett Hope had two.

Oak Ridge plays Lufkin next Tuesday at 6 pm at Lufkin.

Box Scores

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Oak Ridge 1 Run  5 Hits 0 Err 1 0 0 0 0
The Woodlands 12 Runs 14 Hits 2 Err 5 2 1 4 0

 

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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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Oak Ridge Varsity Crushes Atascocita 15-5

On their first trip to Atascocita’s beautiful baseball facility, the Oak Ridge varsity baseball team planted their flag and claimed new turf for the night.  Welcoming Atascocita to the Oak Ridge baseball program, the War Eagles soared to a 15 – 5 mercy rule over a hard hitting, well coached Atascocita squad.

Oak Ridge’s Blake Stoehr set the stage for Oak Ridge’s 13 hit offensive onslaught with a solo shot over the right field wall in the first inning.  Oak Ridge starting pitcher Josh Smith put Atascocita down in order and then the War Eagles hit every thing Atascocita threw at them in the second inning, sending fifteen batters to the plate, booking eight hits and running the score to 10 – 0.

The forty minute offensive display had its price though, as pitcher Josh Smith cooled down and had trouble finding the zone in the second.  Allowing three free passes and giving up two hits in the second, Atascocita painted four runs in the second frame before Smith got warmed up again and back in the groove.  Josh Smith allowed six hits and five runs on the night while striking out six in the complete game victory. The War Eagle’s talons were superb for the night making good on all five ground outs and four pop ups.

Oak Ridge’s team batting average for the night was .448 with a .625 on base percentage.  Leading the hitting barrage was Blake Stoehr at 4 for 5 with another home run, Matt Burke 2 for 4, Cody Althouse 2 for 2 and Brandon Navarro 2 for 3. Mario Garza laid down an excellent bunt to keep an inning alive and scored. Connor Sarant had a hit, RBI and passed go twice. Dylan Cyr scored a run and played solid defense. Logan Boren also scored twice and Tyler Cook had a hit and RBI as everyone in the War Eagle line-up contributed. Eight Oak Ridge batters were given free passes on the night.

The War Eagles improved to 1-2 in district and back into the thick of things as predicted pre-season powerhouse  Atascocita fell to 0-3.

Next up is The Woodlands at Oak Ridge Friday night at 7.

Box Score

  Runs Hits Errors 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Oak Ridge 15 13 0 1 9 0 4 1
Atascocita 5 6 1 0 4 0 1 0

 

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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War Eagle Sophomores Fall to 2-1 in District Play

The Oak Ridge sophomore baseball team lost 9-3 to the Atascocita Eagles Monday night at War Eagle field dropping their record to 2-1 in district play.

The Eagle pitching staff was just too much for the War Eagle batters as they used three different hurlers to hold Oak Ridge to three runs on seven hits.

Kim Plympton got the start on the hill for the War Eagles. Plympton was rattled for runs in the first, second and third innings and found his groove in the fourth and fifth innings hurling two scoreless innings. Plympton pitched five and one third innings allowing six runs, with three of the runs being earned, and surrendered seven hits. Tyler Miller was called on to pitch the last inning and two thirds and was charged with three runs (one earned) on four hits.

War Eagles collecting hits in the game: Tanner Doyel 1 hit, Alex Walker 2 hits, Edward (Jordan) Weatherford 2 hits and Drew Morytko 2 hits.

Next up for the Sophomores are The Woodlands Highlanders at Scotland Yard on Friday, March 25 at 4:30. 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

Atascocita 1 3 1 0 0 1 3 9 11 0
Oak Ridge 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 7 3

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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