Baseball Tigers end regular season on high note

By STEPHEN GLOVER

The Oakville Senior High School baseball team finished its regular season with a three-game winning streak last week as starting pitcher Nick Schmiemeier threw a complete game in a 3-0 victory over Rockwood Summit.

“Right now, it’s all about momentum for us,” Oakville head coach Rich Sturm said. “We had a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Lafayette the day before and then Nick Schmiemeier throws a complete game for us against Summit.”

Schmiemeier’s complete seven-inning game on May 6 saw the starting pitcher give up zero runs on nine hits for his fifth win of the season. The junior starting pitcher is 5-3 overall with a 1.40 ERA.

“There were a few innings where he got himself into trouble, but then got himself out of trouble,” Sturm said. “He had that bend, but-not-break mentality out there on the mound and Summit was hitting the you-know-what out of the ball.”

Sophomore second baseman Drew Stan-ton scored two of the Tigers’ three runs while junior catcher Ryan Huck scored one run for Oakville. Stanton is batting .413 with 22 RBI while Huck is batting .412 with 20 RBI this season.

“We didn’t have anyone that really stood out in that game,” Sturm said. “We had a few guys that had one hit each against Summit.”

This week marks the beginning of the Class 4, District 3 Tournament at Vianney High School where Oakville (18-5, 6-2 Suburban West) was scheduled to face St. Mary’s (15-6, 7-1 AAA) Monday — after the Call went to press. The winner of the Oakville-vs.-St. Mary’s game will take on the winner of the Vianney-vs.-Lindbergh game at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

“They’re a team that you need to get down and make them play from behind,” Sturm said of St. Mary’s. “We’ve got to make them get out of their rhythm with the kind of weapons they have.”