Oakville American Legion baseball team falls 3-2 to Maryland Heights in tourney

By STEPHEN GLOVER

When the Oakville American Legion baseball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Maryland Heights in the District 10 Tournament Saturday, it was a microcosm of the team’s 2008 season.

Oakville got a solid pitching performance from starting pitcher Mitch Seward, but a lack of timely hitting kept the team from overcoming Maryland Heights’ three-run outburst in the first inning.

“Maryland Heights scored its three runs in the first inning and didn’t score any runs after that,” Oakville head coach Matt Boyer said. “Two of those three runs were earned runs.

“We really didn’t have any offensive stars in the game. We led off with a triple in the second inning and our next three batters ended up striking out.”

Seward gave up three runs on 10 hits in eight innings pitched. He gave up four walks and struck out five. He is 1-5 on the season with a 5.02 ERA.

Oakville’s starting pitcher also drove in Dan Regan in the third inning on an RBI double.

“Mitch gave us what you need for a playoff game,” Boyer said. “He got into a couple of innings, but got himself out of it. We just didn’t hit the ball at the right times.”

Regan scored again for Oakville in the fifth inning on a hit by Harry Dunsford.

Regan racked up two hits for Oakville and scored two runs in the loss to Maryland Heights.

“Dan’s been one of our offensive leaders this season,” Boyer said. “When he gets on base, good things usually happen.”

Oakville was scheduled to face Lemay Monday — after the Call went to press — at Heine Meine Field in the consolation bracket of the District 10 Tournament.