Tag: War Eagle Baseball

Baseball: War Eagles looking to reload for 2017 season

One of the toughest challenges of sustained success in high school athletics is the inherent state of flux. Turnover from year to year is always an issue, and no matter how good a class is, a coach only gets those athletes for four seasons, and that is if they play on the varsity as freshmen. Read more…

Baseball: Two wins from state tournament, Jesuit baseball team is living on the edge

Rangers have won 4 of 6 1-run games to get to 6A Region II final

It’s no surprise why the Jesuit baseball team has gone deeper in the UIL playoffs this season than ever before. Jesuit has all the winning ingredients: pitching, hitting, defense and a deep bench. click here for complete story

Baseball: Five questions with the War Eagles

Get to know the players behind the Oak Ridge War Eagle baseball team

Oak Ridge War Eagle, Riley McKnight. Pictured in second photo: Luken Baker
Oak Ridge War Eagle, Riley McKnight. Pictured in second photo: Luken Baker

In celebration of the Oak Ridge War Eagle baseball team reaching the UIL Region 2-6A final that will be played this week, we thought it would be nice if we all could get a look at the human side of these talented and classy players. Welcome to our first installment of War Eagle 5-Q (five questions with the War Eagles).

Our first player is future Sam Houston Bearkat baseball player, Riley McKnight. I pointed out baseball because he was given the option of playing both baseball and football by the powers that be in Sam-Land. However, Riley decided on just baseball.

Oak Ridge's Luken Baker
Oak Ridge’s Luken Baker

Our second War Eagle 5-Q subject is the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year, Luken Baker. Most of us have heard all about all of Luken’s baseball honors, ad nauseam. It’s time you met Luken the person…and what a great person this young man is. click here for complete story

Baseball: Gatorade National Baseball POY Luken Baker dishes about home run derbies, buttering bread and being one of the guys

Luken Baker named the 2014-15 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.
Luken Baker named the 2014-15 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.

Playing in the state’s highest classification in one of the nation’s most competitive baseball regions, Baker is a power pitcher possessing an elite breaking ball along with velocity that sits in the low 90s and touches 95 mph. He also boasts raw power and a refined stroke at the plate, winning the Under Armour All-American Classic Home Run Derby at Wrigley Field last summer as well as the MLB Junior Select Home Run Derby during the 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota. click here for complete story

Baseball: Feltman’s solid outing gives Oak Ridge 5-2 win over Conroe

Despite admitting to his coach that he “didn’t have his best stuff,” Durbin Feltman threw 5 1/3 innings of one-run baseball to help Oak Ridge down Conroe 5-2 Friday afternoon.

Feltman allowed six hits to the Tigers, while striking out another eight in the win, and seemingly battling every inning to keep the Tigers at bay.

“I was trying to explain, this is when you find out what kind of pitcher you are, when you don’t have your best stuff,” Oak Ridge coach Mike Pirtle said. “I thought he went and competed very well.”

With the loss, the Tigers fell to 3-9 overall, and 0-2 in District 16-6A, while the War Eagles are now 10-1, and 2-0. click here for complete story