Eureka puts a stop to Oakville varsity in District 10 American Legion tourney

By STEPHEN GLOVER

The Oakville American Legion varsity team’s run in the District 10 Tournament came to an end on last week with an 11-7 loss to Eureka.

Oakville (22-18, 7-5 District 10) fell behind 11-0 July 17 after the top of the sixth inning before scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

That led to a five-run outburst in the bottom of the seventh, which wasn’t enough to overcome Eureka’s 11 runs.

“Once we got some runs on the board, it gave us some new life,” Oakville head coach Matt Boyer said. “Being down 11-0, I give the boys all the credit in the world in that they didn’t give up. Should we had a couple of breaks, it could have been closer.”

Oakville starting pitcher Tim Kappel gave up eight runs on nine hits in four innings pitched. Kappel only gave up four earned runs as he struck out four batters and walked three in his third loss of the season. He finished the season with a 4-3 record with a 4.24 earned run average.

“Tim gave us all he had,” Boyer said. “He basically put everything on the line for us. At times he controlled some of the damage out there and kept fighting to keep us in the game.”

Oakville outfielder and team Most Valuable Player Louie Haseltine was two-for-five at the plate with three runs batted in. He finished the season with a .433 batting average and led Oakville with 12 home runs and 55 runs batted in.

“I really don’t know where our offense would be without Louie,” Boyer said. “There were not many times that Louie came to the plate and didn’t do something positive for us.”

First baseman Mike Russo also had a strong day at the plate with a two-for-four showing with three runs batted in on two doubles. Russo’s season-ending .279 batting average included 21 RBI along with seven doubles and four stolen bases.

“Mike was one of those juniors that started off really hot and then went through a period where he was hitting the ball hard, but it was straight to everybody,” Boyer said. “He ended up getting some key kits and runs for us this season.”

Oakville did receive some recognition for its stretch into the District 10 Tournament, placing five players in the District 10 All-Star Game Monday — after the Call went to press. Adam Boyer, Matt Pressler, Greg Dambach, Chris Kaestner along with Haseltine were selected to represent the team this year.