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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Austin Orr, East Union baseball
Bulletin sports 2020-21
Austin Orr

Orr got to experience every ballplayer's dream in the Lancers' Valley Oak League opener against visiting Central Catholic on March 30, but things did not go so well for the senior third baseman in his three previous at-bats — all ending in strikeouts. 

“My coach was telling me to keep my head in it, your time will come and when it does you have to be ready to fill those shoes,” Orr said. “I tried to stay in it, kept my head up and it paid off.”

His time came in the bottom of the seventh inning with Central Catholic looking to close it out with freshman phenom TP Wentworth on the mound. An error and two walks loaded the bases for Orr with one out. Orr worked the count to 1-2 and blasted it to straightaway center field for a grand slam and 5-3 East Union win. 

“I was running because I wasn't sure if it was gone or not,” Orr said. “When I got to jogging the bases, you dream of moments like that and when it comes true it's just awesome. My team was just as happy as I was. I want to keep that momentum going.”

So far, there has been no stopping Orr and the now 5-0 Lancers. Orr went 2 for 5 and drove in two more runs in the rematch against Central Catholic one day after his heroic swing. For the season, he is batting .400 with a team-high nine RBIs .