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SENIOR RECOGNITION: Oran baseball quartet reflect on careers with Eagles

Oran baseball seniors pose for a picture at the Oran High School baseball field, on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Pictured (from left to right): Todd Priggel, Jake Phillips, Kole Simms, and Ryan Friga.
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SIKESTON — With the cancellation of spring athletics for the 2020 season, seniors in the Standard-Democrat coverage are not able to have final moments with their teammates.

Below is the seventh part of a series of stories on recognizing senior athletes, where they are going next, what they loved most about playing their respective sport at their school, and more.

The series continues with the Oran baseball team. The Eagles had four seniors on the roster.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation that they were put in,” Oran head coach Joe Bickings said. “All four of these seniors are great kids, and I just feel so terrible for them that they got their senior year of baseball taken away. There are some memories that they are having to miss out on that would have lasted them for a lifetime.”

Ryan Friga, Infielder/Outfielder

Ryan Friga

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Beta Club, FFA

Plans after high school… Attending Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and then transferring to Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Advice for underclassmen… “Play each game like it’s your last, you never know when it might end.”

Favorite baseball memory… “Winning state my sophomore year.”

Jake Phillips, Outfielder/Pitcher

Jake Phillips

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Beta Club, FCA, FFA

Plans after high school… Attending an electrical lineman college

Advice for underclassmen… “Enjoy it while you still can.”

Favorite baseball memory… “Winning state my sophomore year.”

What got you interested in baseball… “Growing up and watching The Sandlot.”

Todd Priggel, Infielder/Outfielder/Pitcher

Todd Priggel

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Played on the boys’ basketball team; Beta Club, FCA, Art Club, Science Club

Plans after high school… “Attending the University of Missouri-St. Louis in St. Louis, Mo., and majoring in dentistry.

Advice for underclassmen… “Play every game like it’s your last.”

Favorite baseball memory… “Winning state my sophomore year.”

What got you interested in baseball… “Growing up and watching my older brother Cole play.”

Kole Simms, Outfielder

Kole Simms

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Beta Club

Plans after high school… Hoping to play college baseball or attending Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and majoring in dentistry.

Advice for underclassmen… “Work hard and have fun making memories with your best friends.”

Favorite baseball memory… “When Coach Bickings gave me the opportunity to DH my sophomore year and winning the state championship later that year.”

What got you interested in baseball… “My dad and grandpa.”

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