BALL – A decisive 4th inning broke things open Saturday when Live Oak closed out play against Pineville at the Red River Classic, and Grant Ortego showed signs of emerging as another option on the mound in a 10-0 Eagles’ victory.
Live Oak finished the event with two wins in three games and improved to 10-4 with the victory.
The Eagles jumped ahead quickly on Sal Palermo’s two-out, two-run single and added a run in the 2nd when Cameron Dickerson launched a solo home run.
Ortego was cruising by then, setting down 12 of the first 15 batters he encountered while his team gave him the lead.
Any doubt evaporated in the bottom of the 4th inning when Live Oak produced six of its 14 hits – five in a row as the lead swelled. Landon Roberts, Cade Freneaux, Rhett Rosevear and Lane Hutchinson supplied run-scoring hits as the Eagles raced to a 9-0 advantage.
Palermo ended the game on the 10-run rule with a bases-loaded single in the 6th inning to cap his 2-for-4, 3-RBI day. Cody Crifasi led the way with a 3-for-4 performance, with Rosevear, Gabe Schenk and Dickerson all producing a pair of hits.
Ortego allowed only two singles in 5 innings.
The Eagles are back in action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when they host St. Michael.
LIVE OAK 10, PINEVILLE 0
Pineville 000 000 -- 0 2 1
Live Oak 210 601 -- 10 14 2
Grant Ortego, Branson McCoy (6) and Cade Freneaux; Colby Littleton, Kameron Coleman (4) and Jonavon Herron. W – Ortego (1-1). L – Littleton. 2B: Live Oak – Freneaux. HR: Live Oak – Cameron Dickerson (1). Records: Pineville 2-10, Live Oak 10-4. Up next: St. Michael at Live Oak, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Tioga 2, Live Oak 1
BALL -- Live Oak dropped a one-run decision in the second game of the day on Friday when Tioga’s Dylan Coburn out-dueled Palermo, but just barely.
The Indians pushed home the winning run on a two-out error in the 5th inning and that was enough for Coburn, who shrugged off 1st-inning trouble to handcuff the Eagles on only four hits.
Rosevear began the game with a double to left field and dashed to third base on Crifasi’s infield hit. With one out, Hutchinson plated Rosevear with a fly ball and that was all the damage the Eagles managed.
Including the final three batters of the 1st inning, Coburn mowed down 21 of the last 25 hitters and worked around three errors to keep Live Oak from scratching out any more runs. After the Eagles (9-4) collected their fourth hit -- Zach Legendre’s single in the 4th -- Coburn set down 11 of the final 12 batters, recording 6 of his 9 strikeouts.
Tioga (10-2) pulled even in the 4th inning with a two-out rally. Palermo mishandled a ground ball for an error that sent Rylon Lineau at second base, Landon Verchey legged out an infield single and Peyton Forester drove an RBI hit to left field.
After the Indians got the lead, Palermo and the Live Oak defense kept the deficit from growing with a triple play in the 6th. With no outs and the bases loaded, Neel Woodied hit a ground ball to Crifasi at shortstop that turned into a 6-5-4 triple play.
TIOGA 2, LIVE OAK 1
Live Oak 100 000 0 -- 1 4 3
Tioga 000 110 x -- 2 5 3
Sal Palermo and Jacob McCleary; Dylan Coburn and Dylan Vanhoof. W -- Coburn. L -- Palermo (1-2). 2B: Live Oak – Rhett Rosevear. Records: Live Oak 9-4, Tioga 10-2.
Live Oak 15, Holy Savior Menard 1
ALEXANDRIA – A 6-inning pitchers’ duel went off the rails in the Eagles’ 7th when they sent 19 batters to the plate and generated 13 runs on six hits and eight walks to sprint to the finish line.
Lost in the wave of the late offense, Daniel Legendre pitched a gem: 6 innings, 5 hits allowed, just the one run, 4 strikeouts and no walks. The final flurry gave him a 3-0 record.
Rosevear led an 11-hit onslaught with a 3-for-5 day, 2 runs and 4 RBIS. Schenk was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and 2 driven in. Hutchinson went 2-for-4 and scored twice.
LIVE OAK 15, HOLY SAVIOR MENARD 1
Live Oak 001 001 (13) -- 15 11 0
Menard 001 000 0 -- 1 6 0
Daniel Legendre, Ethan Prescott (7) and Cade Freneaux; Bailey Crowe, Colby Lively (7), Drew Lemoine (7), Cameron Miguez (7) and Lively. W – Legendre (3-0). L – Crowe. 2B: Live Oak – Freneaux, Lane Hutchinson, Rhett Rosevear 2. Records: Live Oak 9-3, Menard 3-7.