Oak Ridge baseball off to hot start for 2022-23 campaign

  • Anderson County’s Aydin Bond hustles down the line for a hit against Oak Ridge as Wildcat Tyler Pickens makes the stretch for the throw.

Oak Ridge High School’s baseball team is off to a 3-0 start in 2023.

The Wildcats kept the perfect record intact with a 6-4 victory over Coalfield at home Thursday.

Despite seeing his team edge the Yellow Jackets (0-2), ORHS Coach Travis Free said that his team’s latest victory didn’t come easily.

“Coalfield is a really good team and they always compete well and they always play us tough,” Free said. “We didn’t have our best game, but we were able to hang on.

“They always play us so tough and they have eight or nine starters back from a team that went to state last year. We didn’t have our best game but we were able to do enough to get it done.”

Jacob Franklin had a big night at the plate for Oak Ridge against the Yellow Jackets as he went 3-for-3 with a home run, two doubles, three runs and four RBIs.

The Wildcats used three pitchers against Coalfield.

Mikee Teasley started on the mound. He went four innings and had six strikeouts and issued three walks. Alex Franklin had one strikeout in one inning and John Ulreich closed out the contest as he threw two frames and notched a pair of strikeouts.

On Tuesday, March 14, the Wildcats closed out its two-game home-and-home series against county rival Anderson County, with a 14-2 victory over the Mavericks in Clinton.

Teasley went 3-for-4 and drove in six runs while Caden Black homered in the contest.

The Wildcats opened the season with a 5-1 victory at home against the Mavericks on Monday, March 13.