Evans’ solid pitching performance key to Oakville’s win over Webster Groves


A solid pitching performance by Oak-ville Senior High School’s Jake Evans led the Tigers to a 2-1 win at home over Webster Groves last week.

“Webster Groves is a dangerous ball club,” Oakville head coach Rich Sturm told the Call. “They put up 13 runs on Lindbergh and 10 runs on Vianney. They’re going to beat some people this year.”

Evans gave up just one run on five hits in seven innings March 22. The junior starting pitcher walked five and struck out three in his first win of the 2007 season.

“I was extremely proud of our starting pitchers’ efforts this week,” Sturm said. “They (Brett Deters, Alex Hrebec and Evans) did a very good job at mixing up the pitches.”

Sturm also was glad to see Evans take hold of one of the open spots in the team’s starting pitching rotation.

“Jake’s somebody that knew there were a couple of starting pitching vacancies and he’s really stepped up and came out with a big effort.”

Oakville shortstop Cody Terry was solid at the plate with a two-for-three showing that included a double and one run scored.

“Cody’s somebody that’s extremely versatile and can hit the ball to all areas of the field,” Sturm said. “He really spanked the ball good in that game.”

Oakville’s Mike Moore also had a strong showing with a two-for-four game, including two stolen bases and one run scored.

“Mike’s somebody that you can bat in the top four spots in the starting lineup,” Sturm said. “He’s got exceptional power and has been a catalyst for this team both offensively and defensively.”

The Tigers are back in action at home Wednesday when they take on Lutheran North in pool play of the McCluer Tournament.

The Crusaders (3-0) are coming off a solid 4-1 win over Alton March 22 when starting pitcher Cory Remspecher gave up two hits in seven innings. Remspecher struck out three batters and walked five in his first win of the season.

The senior starting pitcher/shortstop also is a monster at the plate with a .727 batting average that includes one triple and four runs batted in.

“We don’t see many teams from up north, so this will be good for us,” Sturm said. “The stats don’t lie about Remspecher. The kid is obviously one of the hottest hitters in the St. Louis area.”

Oakville’s home game against Lutheran North is slated for a 4:15 p.m. start.