Oak Ridge Announces Summer Camps!!!
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Oak Ridge ends Season with Loss to College Park
College Park took the series 2-0 with a win over Oak Ridge on Friday night. The 4th place team in the district proved just how deep district 12-6a is by sweeping the district champions 4-2 and 7-3.
Congratulations to the War Eagles on another incredible season and an impressive District 12-6a Championship!!
Oak Ridge Wins Series with Dallas Jesuit, 2-1
For the 3rd time in the past 4 years, Oak Ridge ran into a ranked Dallas Jesuit team during the state playoffs. But for the first time, Dallas Jesuit is on the losing end of the series. After the two teams split the opening two games by winning at their opponent's field, game three was set for a "neutral" site in Corsicana. Oak Ridge won game 3 by a score of 6-2! Kevin Conley and Blane Romero turned in outstanding performances on the mound for the War Eagles.
All four play-off teams from District 12-6a advanced to the third round of the playoffs. This means that Oak Ridge will now play College Park this week with a trip to the Regional Semifinals on the line! The Woodlands will play Montgomery. What a District!
Game times and locations TBD
Oak Ridge Captures Game 1 on the Road vs Jesuit
Logan Letney turned in, perhaps his best performance all year on the mound, and Oak Ridge takes game 1 of the best of 3 series!
Letney allowed 4 hits, 1 run, striking out 10 and walking 0. The lone Jesuit run came on what appeared to be a routine pop up to left field, but thanks to a stiff wind and a short porch, Jesuit scored on the solo home run.
Erik Coomer got the scoring started for Ridge in the top of the second inning with a towering RBI double to deep center field.
Oak Ridge would add 2 more runs in the top of the 5th. After a lead off ROE by Warren Sammons (pinch hitting for Cobb), Austin Brown would lay down a sac bunt to move the runner into scoring position for Chase Roberts. Roberts was hit by a pitch. Letney would then single home Cobb and move Roberts to 3rd base. James Starnes would then single as well, bringing home Roberts.
That is all Letney would need as he was absolutely dominant on the mound.
Game 2 is back at Oak Ridge, Friday, May 11th at 6pm! Come early for a little tailgate party! The Booster club is bringing the grill!
Photos by Brett Coomer
For the Fourth Year in a Row, Oak Ridge Advances as Bi-District Champions
Oak Ridge will move on to the second round of the play-offs for the 4th year in a row. The War Eagles took care of business in round 1, defeating Mesquite Horn 10-2, 12-2 (in 5 innings).
Chase Roberts had a heck of a game throwing all 5 innings and going 4 for 4 at the plate with 3 doubles and the walk-off 2 run home run to end the game! Logan Letney, James Starnes, and Kevin Skweres also came through with huge at bats, raking in 6 RBI between them.
In round 2, they will face Dallas Jesuit. The match up with Dallas Jesuit is an interesting one, as the Rangers have knocked the War Eagles out of the play-offs 2 of the last 3 years. Including a Regional final match-up in 2015 where the War Eagles were ranked #2 in the nation, and Jesuit #1. All of that is history now, and the current War Eagles are ready for their own battle with the Rangers!
Oak Ridge Handles Business in Game 1 vs Mesquite
Oak Ridge took game 1 in the best of three vs mesquite on Thursday night. It took a couple of innings to get things going, but Ridge finally got on the board with 2 runs in the 3rd and then added 4 more in the 4th inning. Mesquite would answer with 1 run in the bottom of the 4th, but Oak Ridge scored 4 more runs over the next 3 innings to put the game out of reach.
Logan Letney got the start for the War eagles and pitched 6 complete innings, allowing 6 hits and striking out 7. Blane Romero closed it out, striking out 2 of the 4 batters he faced, and allowing 1 hit.
11 different War Eagles had plate appearances, and 10 of those players had hits. In total, Ridge pounded out 14 hits and only struck out twice in 41 plate appearances. Chase Roberts, Carson Ogilvie, and Will Cardin all had multiple hits.
Game 2 (and 3 if needed) will be played tonight (weather permitting!)
The Oak Ridge War Eagles are District 12-6a CHAMPIONS!!!
What a game! In a winner take all contest, Oak Ridge outlasted Montgomery 3-1, and came away with the win, and the District Title! This is Oak Ridge's first District Title since 2015, when Luken Baker and Durbin Feltman lead a deep run into the State play-offs. This 2018 team hopes to do the same!
Both teams had plenty of chances to score, but timely strike outs and great defensive plays kept the game low scoring. Oak Ridge looked they would score in the first inning, but with runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out, James Starnes roped a ball straight to he 1st baseman, resulting a double play.
Montgomery posed their own threat in the bottom of the 1st. With the bases loaded and 1 out, Chase Roberts got a K and then a fly ball out to Logan Letney to end the threat. Roberts would end up going 4.0 innings, allowing 3 hits and only 1 run, striking out 7.
Ridge would get on the board in the 2nd with an RBI single by Blane Romero. After Will Cardin hit a 1 out single, Kevin Skweres was hit by a pitch, moving Cardin to 2nd base. Romero stroked a 3-1 fast ball to right field scoring Will Cardin.
The top of the 3rd looked promising for Ridge as well. Austin Brown lead off the inning with a walk and then went 1st to 3rd on a Chase Roberts single. But with no outs, the War Eagles were unable to move Brown home.
Oak Ridge would finally put a couple more runs on the board in the 4th. With 1 out, Kevin Skweres singled. DeBardinis (a recent sophomore call up) was put in to pinch run and did a great job stealing second and then moving to third on a Romero single. Then Cobb, with 2 outs would single home DeBardinis making it 2-0.
Oak Ridge wasn't finished though! Austin Brown took a 2-2 inside fastball straight down the left field line for a double. Josh Cobb scored all the way from first making it 3-0 Oak Ridge!
Both teams would threaten with runners in scoring position over the next 4 innings, but only 1 run for Montgomery resulted from all the base runners.
Thanks in large part to Blane Romero. The Junior entered the game in the bottom of the 5th inning with no outs and runners on 1st and 2nd. Montgomery scored their lone run after a passed ball and a sac fly. Romero ended the night with 3 innings pitched, 0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Walk, and 5 K's.
With the win, Oak Ridge secured the #1 seed for District 12-6a. Oak Ridge will face off against the #4 seed from District 11-6a.
Senior Night for Oak Ridge Baseball
The War Eagles may have ended up on the wrong side of the score on Tuesday night, but it did not take away from the special moment the class of 2018 shared with their parents!
Thats is one big Family right there!
Oak Ridge Splits the Week with Lufkin
Oak Ridge and Lufkin both took turns getting a road win in their home and away series this week. Oak Ridge beat Lufkin on Tuesday night on the road (6-0), and Lufkin returned the favor at War Eagle Stadium on Friday (6-5).
The loss drop Oak Ridge to 9-4 in district play. Montgomery creeps to within 1 game of the district lead with their win over Conroe, and The Woodlands dropped out of title contention with their loss to College Park.
This sets up an exciting and meaningful week of baseball next week and guarantees an outright District Champion. If Oak Ridge can split the series with Montgomery next week, the War Eagles will win their first District title in 4 years. If Montgomery sweeps Oak Ridge next week, the War Eagles will take the 2 seed into the play-offs.
Don't miss these games!
Photos by Brett Coomer
Oak Ridge Drops the Series Finale to College Park
College Park used two huge innings to rack up enough runs to beat Oak Ridge on Friday night, 11-8.
College Park scored 5 runs in the second inning, and 6 runs in the 6th inning. Oak Ridge would score 2 runs in the 1st, 1 run in the 2nd and 3rd, and 4 runs in the 7th, but it wouldn't be enough to overcome the 11 run deficit.
With the loss, Oak Ridge still remains on top of the district standings, 2 games in front of The Woodlands and Montgomery.
With 4 games remaining, only one team is eliminated from a possible district title, and no one is eliminated from post season play! Anything can happen!
I feel sorry for whoever plays our 4 seed in the play-offs.........
Schedule for next week:
Oak Ridge vs Lufkin x 2
Woodlands vs College Park x 2
Conroe vs Montgomery x 2
Photos by Brett Coomer
Oak Ridge Beats College Park in 10 Innings
It took 3.5 hours and 10 innings, but Oak Ridge finally got the win against College Park. Logan Letney delivered a walk off double to right center field, driving in Chase Roberts in the bottom of the 10th inning.
College Park got on the board early, scoring 2 in the top of the 1st. A lead off walk, followed by an error an a passed ball would give CP the early lead with no hits. Oak Ridge responded in the bottom half of the inning with 2 runs of their own. Chase Roberts hit a double, followed by 2 straight walks to load the bases. Carson Ogilvie would deliver the RBI single to bring in 1 run. Owen Dubois followed that up with a bases loaded walk to knot the game at 2.
Oak Ridge threatened to break the game open during the first three innings, but could not get the big hit they needed. Each inning ended with the bases loaded. The only other damage occurred in the second inning when Austin Brown drew a 1 out walk and later scored on a James Starnes ground out.
CP would quickly answer by scoring a run of their own in the top of the 4th. Oak Ridge would take the lead back in the bottom of the 6th. Logan Letney reached on an error and was brought home by Carson Ogilvie.
College Park fought back again in the top of 7 with a lead off single. The next batter popped up his sac bunt to James Starnes for the first out. With a runner on first, Ridge would allow to more runners to reach with a hit by pitch and a walk, loading the bases. A sac fly to deep right center would bring home the lead runner and tie the game at 4 each.
The game would stay tied until the bottom of the 10th. There were several incredible defensive plays by both teams to save hits/runs. With 2 outs in the 10th inning, Chase Roberts lined a single up the middle. After Roberts stole second base, Logan Letney delivered on a 2-1 count with the walk off double off the right center field wall.
The win keeps Oak Ridge 2 games ahead of The Woodlands (who also won last night) in the district standings. Montgomery lost to Lufkin, setting them back 3 games from the lead.
5 Games remain in district. Oak Ridge can secure a district title with 3 more wins, (or a combination of Oak Ridge wins and Woodlands/Montgomery losses totaling 3). The last district title for Oak Ridge came during the undefeated district season of 2015, lead by Luken Baker and Durbin Feltman.
Oak Ridge secures post season play with 1 more win.
Next game is at College Park on Friday night, 7pm!
Photos by Brett Coomer
War Eagles Split the Week with The Woodlands, Take the Series, 2-1
Oak Ridge managed to fight back on Friday night at home, after dropping a game at The Woodlands earlier in the week. In front of a great home field crowd, on a night set aside to honor our sponsors, Oak Ridge beat the Highlanders 7-3.
The Woodlands got on the board early in the top of the 1st with a 2 out double off the wall. The War eagles would not answer until the bottom of the 3rd inning. After a Josh Cobb single and a fielder's choice by Brown, The Woodlands would walk 3 batters in a row, bringing in Brown to tie the game. Owen Dubois added to the inning with a 2 out, 2 RBI single to make the score 3-1. Ridge would add one more in the inning on a wild pitch.
Oak Ridge starting pitcher Chase Roberts kept The Woodlands in check throwing 5.2 innings, striking out 10. Oak Ridge would add one more run in the 5th and 2 in the 6th to bring the total to 7.
In the 5th inning, Carson Ogilvie hit a 1 out single to left field. When the ball skipped away from the left fielder, Ogilvie took advantage of the error and hustled all the way to third base. He was later brought in by a Dubois sac fly. Ridge would tally the final two runs in the 6th with a Logan Letney double plating Brown, and a James Starnes single, plating Letney.
Blane Romero was solid in relief striking out 4 of the 5 batters he faced.
With the win, Oak Ridge holds a 2 game lead in the district standings. Montgomery split their series with College Park, which ties them with The Woodlands, 2 games out of 1st place.
Anything can happen as everyone still has 6 games remaining in district play. The top 4 teams will make the play-offs.
The War Eagles have a non-district match up vs power-house Tomball tomorrow, and then return to district play with a home and away series next week vs College Park.
Game 3 vs Conroe: Oak Ridge Wins in Dramatic Fashion
The War Eagles faced a tough and determined Conroe baseball team on Thursday night but came away with a dramatic win. The win secures a series victory for Oak Ridge over Conroe (2-1) and puts Oak Ridge at the top of the District standings at 6-1, 2 games in front of The Woodlands and Montgomery.
Chase Roberts got the start on the mound and was nearly un-hittable. In 6.2 innings, Roberts struck out 18, allowed 1 hit, and 0 earned runs. The only blemish was 5 walks which Conroe would capitalize on in the top of third inning. After walking two, the Conroe runner at 2nd base would steal third and then reach home on a errant throw by the Oak Ridge catcher. After the run scored, Roberts would again take command and retire the next 12 batters he faced, in order. 10 of those 12 were retired with a K!
Oak Ridge would answer in the bottom of the 4th. Erik Coomer hit a towering double off the top of the wall in right center field. Kevin Skweres would execute a perfect sac bunt to move pinch runner DeBaradinis to third base. Pinch hitter Owen DuBois would be called in to hit, and delivered an RBI single to right field, tying the game, 1-1.
The score would stay tied until the bottom of 7. Josh Cobb and Logan Letney both walked to put runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs. Conroe would bring a new pitcher in for Chase Roberts. Roberts saw 1 pitch and took it over the right field fence for a game winning, walk off, 3 run home run!
With the win, Oak Ridge sits atop the District standings, 2 games in front of Montgomery and The Woodlands (both at 4-3). Oak Ridge will play a home and away series vs The Woodlands next week.
Oak Ridge Evens Series with Conroe
Oak Ridge Baseball held on for a 3-0 victory over Conroe on Tuesday night. Logan Letney provided the 3 RBI's with a Home Run in the top of the 3rd and that would be all the War Eagle pitching staff needed.
Trey Valka got the start for the War Eagles and was outstanding! The Junior Arkansas commit pitched 5.0 innings and allowed only 4 hits, while striking out 5, and walking 1.
The Oak Ridge offense would give him a lift in the top of the third. With 2 outs, Austin Brown singled with a line drive to left field. Josh Cobb would follow that up with a 9 pitch at bat, working a walk. As the rain started to come down, Logan Letney stepped to the plate and sent a 2-0 pitch just inside the right field foul pole, for a 3 run Home Run! There were no lighting strikes or covers knocked off the ball........but the scene was eerily familiar as the lefty looked way too "natural", hitting his 4th home run of the year.
Valka would work out of a jam in the bottom of the 5th. With 2 outs and a runner on 1st, Valka walked a batter and hit another, loading the bases. Valka dug down deep and stuck out the next batter on three straight pitches, firing up the War Eagle bench.
Junior, Colby Wyers would pitch the final 2 innings, striking out 5 and allowing only 1 hit, with no walks. The lefty was impressive!
With the win, Oak Ridge moves to 5-1 in district and now sits atop the district standings alone (with The Woodlands loss to Montgomery on the same night). Oak Ridge will host Conroe on Thursday night for the rubber match.
Photos by Brett Coomer
War Eagles Claw Back for an Extra Inning Win vs Montgomery
Oak Ridge came from behind in the top of the 7th to score 3 runs and tie the game. They would ultimately win in extra innings on the road vs Montgomery. Erik Coomer and Carson Ogilvie had huge at bats in the 7th to keep the game alive!
The first inning started off well for Ridge, scoring 4 runs. Austin Brown and Josh Cobb would lead off the game by both reaching on errors, and moving to 2nd and 3rd base. Brown would score on a passed ball during Logan Letney's at bat. Letney walked, putting runners at 1st and 3rd. Chase Roberts hit a triple to deep right center field bringing in Cobb and Letney. Roberts would later score on a wild pitch, making it 4-0 Ridge.
Oak Ridge would add one more run in the top of the 3rd with James Starnes hitting a single and eventually knocked in by Kevin Skweres.
This is where things would go drastically wrong for Oak Ridge. Montgomery scored 7 runs in the bottom of the third inning. A combination of walks, errors, a wild pitch, and infield singles lead to a bases loaded double that capped off the 7 run inning. Montgomery would add 1 more run in the bottom of the 4th, to bring the total to 8.
Oak Ridge then used a combination of Colby Wyers and Blane Romero on the mound (and some great defense) to shut down Montgomery. One of the key plays for Oak Ridge happened in the bottom of 5th inning. With bases loaded and 2 outs, Chase Roberts would make a diving catch to end the inning and keep the comeback hopes alive.
The top of the 7th was intense. With 1 out, Roberts got things started with a single through the right side. James Starnes followed with a walk, and then Owen Dubois was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Montgomery would strike out the next batter for the second out. Erik Coomer, who has been a solid DH all year, was then called in to pinch hit, and came through big time! On a 2-2 count, Coomer lined a ball down the third base line for a double, bringing in 2 runs, making the score 8-7 Montgomery. Carson Ogilvie would finish off the come-back with an RBI single up the middle to tie the game.
Romero held serve in the bottom of the 7th, striking out 2 and inducing a fly ball to second baseman, Wyatt Spoon.
Cobb lead off the top of 8 with a single. After getting the next two batters to fly out, Montgomery would walk 3 batters in a row, bringing in Cobb as the go ahead run. Oak Ridge would add 3 more runs in the top of 8 (1 on a Spoon RBI single, and 2 on wild pitches). Romero would retire the bottom of 8 in order for the win.
Oak Ridge moves to 13-4 overall, and 4-1 in district. Through the first round of district play, Oak Ridge sits on top of the standings, holding the tie breaker with their win over The Woodlands (4-1). Next week will begin a home and away series with each team, starting with Conroe.
Photos by Brett Coomer
Oak Ridge Hosts Youth Baseball Night and gets a 10-0 Victory over Lufkin
Photos by Brett Coomer
What a night! Oak Ridge Baseball hosted Youth Baseball Night, 60+ choir members from Vogel Intermediate School sang the National Anthem, and the War Eagles picked up their 3rd win in district, defeating Lufkin 10-0 in 5 innings!
Chase Roberts got the start and was impressive on the mound! Roberts threw 5 complete innings, striking out 7, walking 0, and allowing only 2 hits. He was useful at the plate as well, going 2 for 2 with a double, RBI, BB, and a run scored.
Roberts wasn't the only one putting in work for the War Eagles! 8 different players had hits as Ridge totaled 13 hits over the 5 innings. James Starnes and Logan Letney both hit home runs (Starnes would add a triple later in the game), and Carson Ogilvie went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles.
James Starnes got the War Eagles on the board with a solo Home Run in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Ridge would score 4 more in the 3rd inning. After a lead-off double by Ogilvie, Josh Cobb would single, moving him to 3rd base. Logan Letney would then tally the first of his 4 RBI's with a sac fly, scoring Ogilvie. Chase Roberts would then double, scoring Cobb. Starnes then hit a triple, scoring Roberts. Pinch runner Rick Whitton would later score on a passed ball, making the score 5-0 after 3 innings.
Logan Letney would get his final three RBI's with a towering Home Run to right field in the bottom of the 4th, scoring Ogilvie and Cobb.
The War Eagles would put the game away in the bottom of the 5th inning. After Kevin Skweres lead off the inning with a single, Carson Ogilvie hit his second double of the night. With runners at 2nd and 3rd, Austin Brown would end the game with single to right field, scoring both runners.
The War Eagles move to 3-1 in district and will play 2-2 Montgomery on Saturday.
Photos by Brett Coomer
War Eagles Score 13 as they Defeat College Park
Oak Ridge moved it's district record to 2-1 and sits in a three way tie for first, after a 13-5 victory over College Park Tuesday night. The War Eagles used big innings in the 3rd (scoring 4 runs) and 5th (scoring 5 runs) to hand College Park their second district loss.
Logan Letney got the start on the mound for Ridge and pitched 5 innings, allowing 7 hits and 4 earned runs, striking out 6 and walking only 1. Colby Wyers pitched the final two frames, allowing no hits, walks, or runs, and walking 1, while striking out 2. The Oak Ridge defense was once again outstanding with 0 errors.
Austin Brown got the game started with a walk, was advanced to second by Josh Cobb and eventually scored on a Logan Letney sac fly. College Park would even the score in the bottom of the second after a double and single.
Oak Ridge would respond in the top of the third with a lead-off walk by Carson Ogilvie. Brown would then reach on an error, which moved Ogilvie to third. After Brown stole second, Letney hit an infield ground ball. College Park would field the ball and attempt to get the lead runner at home, but Ogilvie slid in under the tag to make it 2-1, Ridge. James Starnes and Chase Roberts would then hit a double and triple respectively, bringing in another 3 runs, making the score 5-1 Ridge.
College Park would make one more run in the bottom of the fourth with a bases loaded triple that rode the chalk down the first base line, bringing in 3 runs.
Oak Ridge responded in the top of the 5th. With two outs and a runner on first base, College Park would hit two batters, walk the next, and hit another to bring in 2 runs. Then with the bases loaded, Austin Brown hit a 2 RBI single to bring the score to 9-4, Oak Ridge. Owen Dubois would add one more run with an RBI single in the 5th.
Oak Ridge would add 3 more runs in the top of the 6th to bring the score to 13.
With The Woodlands beating Conroe, there are now 3 teams atop the standings at 2-1. Oak Ridge will play two more games this week, hosting Lufkin on Friday night and visiting Montgomery on Saturday.
Ridge Evens District Record at 1-1 with a Victory over The Woodlands
Oak Ridge evened it's district record on Friday night in front of a rowdy home crowd by defeating The Woodlands 6-1. The Highlanders got off to a fast start, scoring a run in the top the 2nd, but Oak Ridge would answer with 5 runs in the 3rd and 1 more in the 4th. Trey Valka started the game and pitched the first 2 innings, and Kyle Harris finished out the final 5 innings for Ridge.
The Woodlands got on the board early after a lead off single in the 2nd inning, followed by a walk, a steal of third, and then another single bringing home the lead runner. Valka would get out of the inning with a pop up bunt to Kevin Skweres at 1st base, a fielders choice, and then a fly out to center field.
After a lead off single and a walk to start the top of 3, Valka was replaced by Kyle Harris who would collect 2 K's and a pop up to catcher James Starnes to end the inning. Harris would go on to finish the game, only allowing 1 hit over the next 5 innings, no runs, walking 4, and striking out 5.
The War Eagles got on the board in a big way in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Skweres would start the inning with a lead off double down the right field line. Ogilvie then moved Skweres to third with a sac bunt. Austin Brown walked, and Josh Cobb delivered the first blow with a single up the middle, scoring Skweres. Logan Letney would follow with a single of his own, scoring Brown from 2nd base. After a James Starnes walk, Chase Roberts put an exclamation point on the inning. On the 9th pitch of his at bat, Roberts sent a towering fly ball to deep right field for a three RBI home run!
Ridge would add one more run in the top of the 4th with an RBI single by Austin Brown, bringing in Carson Ogilvie, making the score 6-1.
Oak Ridge now moves to 10-4 overall and 1-1 in District play. Conroe is now the only team that is undefeated in district play. Next up for the War Eagles is College Park on Tuesday night! College Park also evened their district record by picking up a win against Montgomery last night.
Photos by Brett Coomer
Oak Ridge Drops District Opener to Conroe
In a close game that broke open late, Conroe got their first district win over Oak Ridge on Tuesday night, 6-2.
Logan Letney got the start on the mound for Ridge and went 6.1 innings, giving up 8 hits, walking 3 and striking out 2. Debowski got the start for Conroe and allowed 5 hits while walking 0, and striking out 3.
Conroe got on the board early with three of their first batters hitting singles and scoring 1 in the top of the first. Conroe would add one more run in the third with a lead-off walk and then back to back doubles. A great play by Cobb-Ogilvie-Starnes limited the damage with the trailing runner being thrown out at home while trying to score on the second double of the inning.
Oak Ridge wouldn't answer until the bottom of 4 when Letney and Coomer lead -off the inning with back to back singles. Two deep fly balls by Starnes and Spoon would plate Whitton (pinch running for Letney) and put Ridge on the board. Conroe would add another run in the top of 5 with a double, a ground out, and then a sac fly.
Oak Ridge made it's final charge n the top of the 6th when Brown lead off the inning with a double to left field. He advanced to third on a ground out by Letney and then was brought home by an Erik Coomer double. But Oak Ridge left the tying run at second with back to back fly balls outs.
Conroe would add 3 more runs in the top of the 7th. Kyle Harris appeared in relief, facing the final two batters of the inning, and inducing a sac fly to right and fly ball to left.
Some positives from the game included some great defensive plays in the infield. Conroe hit the ball hard and Oak Ridge did not get any friendly hops, but all infield positions played error free showing some really nice glove work! Next up is The Woodlands on Friday night!
Photos by Brett Coomer
Ridge goes 3-2 at Wings & More Classic, Ready for District
The War Eagles hosted some incredibly talented teams this weekend and came away with a 3-2 record. Deer Park (W, 8-0), Keller (L, 4-7), Marcus (W, 12-6), Klein Oak (L, 7-10), and Atascocita (W, 9-1). District play starts Tuesday at home, with Conroe.
Highlights from this weekend:
5 Home Run Game vs Marcus: The War Eagles hit 5 HR's in one game! Logan Letney and James Starnes each had 2 and Chase Roberts had 1. The doubles were plentiful as well with Carson Ogilvie hitting 2, Letney, Cobb, and Brown all with 1. The War Eagles had 16 hits in the game.
Outstanding Pitching: Kevin Conley got the start for game 5 vs Atascocita and threw 4.1 innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 run. Kalob Bacak pitched in 2 separate games in a relief role throwing 5.1 innings total, allowing 5 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB and 6 K's. Kyle Harris also threw 4 complete innings in relief allowing 1 hit, 1 walk, and striking out 3. Logan Letney was solid on the mound in his start vs Deer Park going 5 complete, allowing 1 hit, 2 walks, and striking out 4.
Hot Bats: For the weekend, James Starnes went 9 for 12 with 3 HR's, three 2B's, knocking in 8 RBI's. Junior, Logan Letney went 9 for 17 with 3 HR's, two 2B's, scoring 9 times with 5 RBI. Junior, Carson Ogilvie hit .545 for the weekend with two 2B's. Several other War Eagles had extra base hits as well: Brown (2), Coomer, Spoon, and Cobb each with 1.
Oak Ridge enters district play at 9-3, having played a tough schedule that included 5 teams appearing the State and Area top 25. Oak Ridge went 4-1 in those games (in fact, 3 of the 4 wins were cut short by run-rules, and the other win included 5 HR's in one game). If anything, Oak Ridge showed it can play with anyone and is battle tested for District play.
The War Eagles open on Tuesday at home, vs Conroe. Conroe has played extremely well early on and climbed to the #18 spot in the latest H5A Houston area poll. Come out Tuesday night and watch these two great teams battle for their first district win!!
Photos from Wings & More
Photos by Brett Coomer
Photos vs Lake Ridge
Photos by Brett Coomer
War Eagles Beat Lake Ridge to go 2-1 in Arlington
In the final game of a shortened tournament, Oak Ridge used great pitching from Trey Valka and Kyle Conley to secure a 6-2 win vs Lake Ridge. The win pushes the War Eagles to 6-1 on the season.
Ridge only managed 7 hits, but did a good job moving runners and then coming up with some timely hits. Brown lead off the game with a walk, stole second and then was moved to third on a ground ball by Cobb. Letney singled to bring home Brown for the first run of the game.
Lake Ridge would tie the game in bottom of the second, but Oak Ridge responded by scoring another run in the 4th. Erik Coomer lead off that inning with a single and then pinch runner Nolan Hayden stole second and was brought home by an Owen Dubois single.
Oak Ridge would tack on two more runs in the 5th on a Coomer sac fly, plating Brown and an RBI single by Wyatt Spoon, plating Josh Cobb. The final 2 runs came in the 6th when Brown doubled bringing home Will Cardin, and an RBI single by Nolan Hayden scoring Brown.
The combo of Valka and Conley combined for 7 innings, 4 hits, 2 walks and 13 K's. (photos to come soon)
Photos Vs Keller
Photos by Brett Coomer
Ridge Splits During Day One of Arlington Tyde Classic
After missing the opening day double-header due to wet condition, Oak Ridge finally got to play on Friday at the Arlington Tyde Classic. Oak Ridge played two games on Friday and went 1-1.
Game one was against a tough Keller squad (who Ridge will see again next week at home). Keller started Texas A&M commit Johnston on the mound, who went 5 innings and only allowed 3 hits. Ridge threatened several times, but could never piece together a scoring combination. Logan Letney started for the War Eagles and pitched 5 innings, only allowing 1 earned run.
Keller was aided by a couple of errors in the bottom of the 5th and took advantage of the extra base runners. Austin Brown went 2 for 3 at the plate for Oak Ridge and Kalob Bacak pitched the final inning for Ridge, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 K.
In game 2, Ridge faced Arlington Martin and came away with a 3-2 win. Chase Roberts got the start and pitched 4.2 innings, allowing 2 hits, 0 earned runs, and striking out 8. Blane Romero finished out the game without allowing another run.
Oak Ridge got off to a quick start with a lead off single by Brown and an eventual RBI by Chase Roberts. Martin answered with 2 un-earned runs in the bottom of the first.
Ridge would tie the game in the top of the fourth. Warren Sammons singled and then was replaced with pinch runner Josh Cobb. Cobb then stole second and was moved to third on a single by Skweres. Cobb then scored on an errant pick off attempt at first base, knotting the game at 2.
The game would stay tied at 2 until the top of the 7th when Austin Brown drove in Cobb for the eventual game-winning RBI. Romero walked the lead-off hitter in the bottom of the 7th, but retired the next three batters in order to end the game.
Oak Ridge will be back in action tomorrow morning at 10am for the final game of the Tyde Classic vs Mansfield Lake Ridge
Photos from Arlington Martin Game
Photos by Brett Coomer
Pitchers Rule vs Waller
It wasn't necessarily a pretty game, but Oak Ridge escaped from Waller with a win, and now sits 4-0 on the young season.
Ridge used three pitchers to shut down Waller, allowing no runs and only 2 hits. Kevin Conley got the start and pitched 4 innings, giving up 1 hit, 2 walks, no runs and striking out 6. Kalob Bacak (winning pitcher) played the role of reliever and pitched 2 frames, giving up 1 run, walking no one, and striking out 3. Caleb Desilets made his Varsity debut by pitching a perfect 7th inning, fanning all three batters he faced. The big righty was absolutely dominant!
The offense struggled to get going on a very windy night. Several balls were struck well, but with a 20mph wind blowing in from left-center, the ball just wouldn't carry.
After a lead-off walk by Austin Brown in the top of the 6th, the War Eagles decided to play a little small ball with back to back bunts by Cobb and Letney. This loaded the bases for Chase Roberts who drove in Brown with a sac fly to deep right. DH Erik Coomer then singled to bring in Cobb, followed by an RBI single by Wyatt Spoon to make it 3-0. Ridge would add one more run in the 7th on an RBI single by Roberts, plating Brown.
And as stated above, that would be more than enough for Bacak and Desilets to finish out a strong 6th and 7th.
Today the team travels to Arlington where they will play 5 more games over the next three days. First up, the #5 team in State, Southlake Carrol.
(Photos by Brett Coomer)
2/25 Ridge Baseball Starts Strong
The rain played havoc on the schedules, but by Saturday night, the Oak Ridge Baseball program managed to get in a total of 8 games (3 Varsity, 3 JV, and 2 Sophomore) and escaped the weekend undefeated!
Varsity participated in a tournament hosted by Bellaire. Oak Ridge opened with a 6-2 win over Fort Bend Christian Academy. Logan Letney gave FBCA nightmares. He started on the mound and pitched 5 innings only allowing 2 hits. At the plate, Letney went 3 for 4 with a HR and a double. The War Eagles collected 13 hits in total.
On Saturday afternoon, Ridge faced Bellaire and got the 14-3 win over the tournament host. Chase Roberts got the start (and the W) and pitched 2.2 innings in a run-rule shortened game. The entire line-up caught fire for Ridge, once again collecting 13 hits in 4 innings. Cobb, Coomer, Roberts, and Letney all had multi hit games with extra base hits!
The War Eagles faced a tough Strake Jesuit squad in the final game of the tournament. Ridge held on for a 3-1 win. Valka got the start and the win on the mound and Romero came in for the final 3 innings. In total, the two pitchers combined to allow 1 hit and 1 run with 2 walks and 10 K's. At the plate, Josh Cobb went 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI.
JV also went 3-0 on the weekend with wins against George Ranch, Texas City, and Seven Lakes. Hitting highlights included Hunter Cramer hitting a Grand Slam vs George Ranch, Lance Hicks hitting 2 HR's in one game, and Jose Segura going a perfect 3 for 3 against Texas City.
Not to be outdone, the Sophomore squad went 2-0 with wins against St. Pius and St Thomas. Shane Martin got the start against St Pius and threw 4 complete innings without allowing a hit and striking out 9.
Make sure you check out the schedule and catch these great teams soon!
Photos below credited to Brett Coomer (Thanks Brett! :)
Special Event Nights are Set!
Please mark your calendar and make plans to join us at War Eagle Field for these special games!
March 23rd, 6pm: Youth Baseball Night
All sub-highschool age youth involved with a little league or travel team are invited to wear their jersey to the game and receive free admission. In addition, the youth players will get to join their favorite position player on the field for the National Anthem and run the bases after the game! Bring a ball for Autographs. One lucky little leaguer will be throwing out the first pitch!
March 29th, 7pm: Teacher Appreciation Night
The War Eagles will honor their favorite teacher with a jersey to wear and an introduction on the field prior to the game.
April 6th, 7pm: Sponsor Night
War Eagle sponsors receive free admission to the game, reserved seating, and recognition before the game. One lucky sponsor will be throwing out the first pitch!
April 20th, 6pm: First Responder Night
Join us in honoring our Police, Firefighters, EMS, and Rescue workers. We will have pre-game introductions of the first-responders present along with emergency vehicles in the parking lot for the fans to see!
April 24th, 6pm: Senior Night
Join us as we recognize the Class of 2018 and their families at their final home game.
2/20/18: Ready for the Season
After a final scrimmage vs a scrappy Kingwood Park team on Monday night, Oak Ridge is ready to start their season. The pre-season concluded with another marathon scrimmage that once again displayed the pitching depth at Oak Ridge.
The season starts on Thursday! The War Eagles will open at Fort Bend Christian Academy at 6pm.
These boys are ready to take the field and start keeping score!
2/18/18: Two More Scrimmages in the Books
The War Eagles were able to sneak in two more scrimmages this week, despite the rainy weather! On Tuesday, Ridge hosted Klein Oak, and then hosted Brenham on Friday night. Both Scrimmages were marathons lasting somewhere around 14 innings each!
Pitching continued to look outstanding for Oak Ridge. By my count, 13 different pitchers saw time on the mound for Oak Ridge during the two outings. Defensively, The Oak Ridge staff is moving people all over the place, no doubt, trying to find the perfect combination of defense and offense. Through 28 innings, I didn't see too many dips in ability, no matter who was filling positions.
Some returning starters and senior bats are providing consistent offense. Cobb, Brown, Spoon, Roberts, Letney, DuBois, Conley, and Starnes have all had extra base hits or clutch hits, showing maturity at the plate. Junior Ogilvie has also shown a good approach at the plate collecting a nice double against Brenham. This is the only high school line-up I've ever seen that could possibly start more lefties than righties! There is a possibility that Ridge could place up to 6 Left hand hitters in the starting lineup.
2/8/18: Scrimmage vs Jersey Village
Oak Ridge somehow dodged the rain and managed to get in a quality scrimmage against Jersey Village on Friday night. While the official score was not kept, Oak Ridge unofficially took the lead in the final inning, scoring the final 4 runs. Josh Cobb lead off the inning with a hard line drive up the middle and was eventually brought home on an RBI single by Austin Brown. Logan Letney added an RBI on a sac fly to deep center and Kevin Skweres plated another with a bases loaded RBI. The hit of the night happened in the top of the 1st when Chase Roberts hit a line drive home run to right field.
The pitching was outstanding by Oak Ridge, only allowing 1 earned run (unofficially)
Ridge Baseball LOVES Their Sponsors!!
If you have a business in the Oak Ridge/Woodlands/Spring/or even greater Houston area, you should consider sponsoring the War Eagle Baseball Team!
There is a buzz around town with folks anticipating another great season from the War Eagle Baseball program. This is a program that has been ranked top 25 in the State for the last 4 years in a row (this year starting at #19) and was ranked #2 nationally 4 years ago.
The stands are always packed, and this year will be no exception! District rival games against powerhouses College Park and The Woodlands will bring the entire community together at War Eagle Stadium. Non district matchups against state ranked opponents and last year's State Champion, Deer Park, will certainly make for lively atmospheres at The Ridge!
In addition to local support, we have seen up to 40+ scouts in our stands watching our players in anticipation of their selection in the MLB draft! This year will be no exception with over 10 players already committed to play college baseball, many of whom are on the MLB radar.
Don't miss out on your chance to have your company featured at War Eagle Stadium with a sign on our outfield wall! Other opportunities include sponsoring a giant windscreen to be placed around the main bleachers, along with many other stadium improvements! Sponsors receive reserved seats at our games, are mentioned by the announcer throughout the game, are featured on sponsor night, and are invited to throw out the first pitch at any of our games! In addition, our players and families seek out our sponsors for their needs (and then post about it on social media!!)
If you would like to be a part of this incredible program and the 2018 season (with expectations to make a strong run at the Texas 6a State Championship), please click on the links on the right side of this page for more information. We have many levels of sponsorship and every little bit helps!
Thank you for supporting War Eagle Baseball!!
2/2/18: Tryouts completed, Team Rosters are Set
After a short rain delay, Oak Ridge was able to complete their try-outs on Monday afternoon. Congratulations to all the young men you found their name attached to a roster on Tuesday Morning!
The season kicks off with all three squads scrimmaging Jersey Village on Feb 9th. Varsity will be on the road, while the Sophomore and JV teams will be at home.
Rosters will be posted on the website soon, so check back often! Follow us at @orhsbaseballfan on twitter!
1/26/18: War Eagle's Schedule is not for the Weak
The 2018 War Eagle Baseball schedule has been released and it is not for the faint of heart!
Coach Pirtle did not shy away from competition when compiling the non-district and tournament schedule. Combined, the War Eagles non-district teams held a .665 winning percentage last year. The average number of wins for the Ridge non-district opponents was 22 (for 2017). 10 of the 15 non-district opponents made play-offs last year, including 2017 6a State Champion, Deer Park.
The War Eagles open up regular season play with the Bellaire Tournament, Feb 22-24. Bellaire HS (26-8) and Strake Jesuit (17-9-3) will pose a great opening weekend challenge for Ridge.
After an away game vs Waller on Feb 27, the War Eagles travel to Arlington for the annual Arlington-Tyde Tournament. Ridge opens the Tournament against State Semi-Finalist Southlake Carroll (32-11) and then continues with match ups against Mansfield (22-9-1), Keller 23-7-2), and 2017 State Region Finalist Arlington Martin (32-9-1).
This is when things really start to get interesting! On March 8th, the War Eagles will play host to State Champions Deer Park (35-8-1), at War Eagle Stadium, during the Wings&More Classic. Things don't get much easier though! After the Deer Park game, Ridge finishes the double header against the Keller Indians (23-7-2). The final three game of the Wings&More Classic put Oak Ridge against 3 more 2017 play-off teams, Marcus (27-14), Klein Oak (15-12), and Atascocita (23-9).
After a daunting non-district schedule, the War Eagles kick off district play against Conroe, at home, on March13th. District play should be an adventure once again with Lufkin, Montgomery, Conroe, and College Park all returning at least 6 Varsity player from their teams last year, and The Woodlands returning 4.
You want to be the best? You gotta play the best. Coach Pirtle and the 2018 War Eagles will certainly have their chance in 2018!
1/8/18: Remind 101 and Social Media
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2017 Season Highlights
War Eagles Topple Coppell and Claim Area Championship
Oak Ridge (22-7-2) will move on to the Regional Quarterfinal and face Rockwall after defeating Coppell HS 12-4 and 3-1.
5/6/17: War Eagles Sweep Tyler Lee HS and Advance to Round Two!
Oak Ridge advances to the second round of the UIL State play-offs with 2 impressive wins vs 11-6a Tyler Lee.
4/29/17: District Play Comes to an End, Head Coach Mike Pirtle Picks up Career Win #600
The War Eagles wrapped up their season with a 8-0 win over Montgomery to secure Coach Pirtle's 600th career win.
Congratulations to Coach Pirtle, congratulations to this team!
Regular season complete: Overall Record: 18-8-2 District: 11-4
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