Ocracoke Community Park ballfield 2017 Photo: C. Leinbach
Ocracoke Community Park ballfield. Photo: C. Leinbach

Editor’s note: Ocracoke youth baseball teams play Dare County teams from Hatteras to Rodanthe.

By Vince O’Neal and Jim McClain

The Ocracoke Orioles hosted the Reds on Saturday (April 21).  Jacob Daniels had a strong four-inning shut-out performance. He also hit an in-the-park home run.

Noah O’Neal also added another in-the-park homer and Landon Fuller finished the game with a walk-off homer in the fourth inning as the Orioles dominated in a 10-0 victory.

Jacob Daniels was awarded the game ball for his performance on the mound along with his offensive effort.

The Marlins won a fierce contest against the Mariners, 2-1, giving Coach Jim McClain a nice birthday present. The game balls went to Malli Harrell and Petros Burleson in recognition of their first base-hits in a baseball game.

Tuesday’s away games, April 24, were rained out.

Last Saturday, April 28, the teams were back in action with home games.

The Orioles took on the Angels with Noah O’Neal the starting pitcher. The game was a back-and-forth battle with the Angels taking a quick five-run lead in the first inning on several errors and sloppy play.

The O’s rebounded with five runs of their own, and the first inning ended in a tie.

Nathan Contreras took the hill in the second and the Angels added three more runs to take an 8 to 5 lead as the Orioles continued their defensive woes.

The Ocracoke bats heated up as they managed to tie the score at eight.  Finn Kattenburg took the mound and pitched well stifling the Angels, and the home team took a 13-to-8 lead in the fifth on a strong line drive by Auggie Giagu who was awarded the game ball for his key hit.

The Angels added one more run in the sixth and Ocracoke held on for a 13-9 victory in this battle at Ocracoke Community Park.

The same day, the Marlins came out strong against the powerhouse Nationals.  Players with the Ocracoke middle school baseball team helped the team out in warm-ups and it paid off.  As a team, the Marlins hit better than ever before and made some outstanding plays in the field.

The scoreboard didn’t go the Marlin’s way in this game, but the team tries to not pay attention to the score until the umpire declares the game is over.  Everyone had a great day and had great fun.  The game ball was awarded to Charles Hodgson for his best-ever hitting performance.

On Saturday (May 5), home games at the Community Park will feature Marlins taking on the Dodgers  and the Orioles face off against the Braves.

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