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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