BASEBALL: Oak Ridge shuts out Conroe for third straight win
OAK RIDGE NORTH - After three straight losses to begin District 12-6A play this season, Oak Ridge has seemingly righted the ship in the midst of the storm.
The War Eagles evened their league record on Tuesday evening at home, rolling to an 8-0 victory over Conroe behind a complete-game shutout from Tyler Davis.
Davis, facing the Tigers for a second time this season, allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out six batters.
The War Eagles (10-6-2) gave him some early run support with a four spot in the bottom of the second inning and broke the game open with four more in the fourth.
During its three-game winning streak, Oak Ridge has allowed just two runs - both of which came in a 5-2 victory over Lufkin.
“The first three games were so tight, and things went against us, and it was our fault, too - we didn’t play well,” Oak Ridge coach Mike Pirtle said. “But every team in [this district] can beat each other on any given night - that’s already been proven. We’ve come out and played pretty well, and we’ve got a little momentum. That’s what it’s all about in this district - get a few breaks and just keep the momentum going the best that you can, and hopefully learn from out mistakes.”
Conroe (7-9, 1-4) has lost four straight games since opening district play with a 2-0 home victory over the War Eagles back on March 14.
Conroe has struggled to score runs during that stretch, plating just three in the past four games. The Tigers produced just five base runners on Tuesday night and were held without an extra-base hit against Davis for the second time this year.
“Tyler is one of the best pitchers in the district,” Conroe coach Jeff Raymer said. “So whenever you allow a guy, not only to get a lead, but you allow him to get comfortable and get him in a rhythm, then he’s tough to beat. What you have to do, is you have to manage the game long enough to possibly get him out of rhythm and sneak a couple of runs across, and then you’ve got a chance. That’s what we did last time, but we weren’t able to do it this time.”
Oak Ridge got the scoring started in the second inning, grabbing an early 4-0 lead with a two-run double from John Beaudion and a two-run home run from Austin Brown.
The War Eagles tacked on four more runs in the fourth. Brown got things rolling with a bunt single that scored Rey Chapa from third base.
Jacorey Boudreaux laid down a bunt on the next at-bat, but a throwing error to third base by the Tigers allowed Wyatt Spoon and Brown to score to make it 7-0. Logan Letney later raced home on a passed ball for the final run of the frame.
Conroe and Oak Ridge will meet for a third and final time at 7 p.m. on Friday at Elmore Field. It represents a chance for the Tigers to stop the bleeding, or for the War Eagles to keep their winning ways intact.
“One of the things we always talk about is managing an inning,” Raymer said. “What we did tonight was allow two innings to get out of control on us. … Three different times tonight, there was a bunt play, and we didn’t take the out that they gave us. We made errors, which either allowed runners to move up or score runs.”