A hitting slump derailed any hopes Oregon Home Talent had of moving off the playoff bubble after a 6-1 loss to Belleville on Saturday, July 20 at Belleville Community Park.
“I think we looked too much at their record and not at their talent,” Oregon player-manager Parker Debroux said. “They weren’t playing for anything, but they were ready to play.”
The game went into a 30-minute rain and lightning delay in the top of the sixth inning and ultimately was called.
Oregon drops to 5-9 and trails West Middleton and Argyle with two games left.
“All we can do is win out,” Debroux said. “The last thing you want to do is have the fate of your team in the hands of another team.”
Belleville’s Andrew Nimtz carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Oregon’s Will Reinicke ripped a single to left. Nate Reuter had an RBI single up the middle to score Reinicke.
Nimtz was dominant early on, retiring the first 13 batters. The Orioles had only three baserunners in the game and only one reached second.
“We came out and looked at too many pitches,” Debroux said. “When we did swing the bat, we didn’t make solid contact.”
The Raiders got off to a hot start against Oregon pitcher Adam Heath. Tyler Dahl singled and stole second, and Jayden Winkers walked. Sam Urqhart, who went 2-for-2 with four stolen bases, recorded an RBI single to center to score Dahl. Blake Noel reached on an error, which led to another run for the Raiders. Urqhart stole home on a double steal to give Belleville a 3-0 lead.
The Orioles committed two of their three errors in the fifth, including an overthrow by Heath, which led to two more runs for the Raiders. Belleville’s Coleman Brecke and Sean Schriener each had RBI singles to help the Raiders take a 6-0 lead.
“The defense and our hitting didn’t give us a chance to win,” Debroux said. “Adam was pitching his heart out. When you are not swinging the bat and playing good defense, it can be a lonely spot out there.”