Oakville baseball team looks to position itself for district tournament


Throughout the course of the regular season, the Oakville Senior High School baseball team’s main goal has been to position itself for one of the top three seeds for next month’s District No. 3 tournament.

“Obviously, we have a tough district with Mehlville and Vianney being in our district, so it’s important to get a top three seed so that you only have to play two games to win the district championship,” Oakville head coach Rich Sturm told the Call. “I think that we’re starting to turn the corner. We’re playing a lot more consistent defensively and we’re getting timely hitting.”

The Tigers (5-4, 2-1 Suburban West Conference) are making a strong case for one of those top seeds in the upcoming district tournament with a 4-2 win April 13 over district opponent St. Mary’s.

Oakville jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning and then extended its lead to 4-0 in the top of the third inning with the help of a two-run home run by center fielder Adam Boyer.

Oakville’s head coach noted that since Boyer moved to the leadoff position in the batting order, Oakville has scored 48 runs over the past six games. The senior center fielder is batting .394 with two home runs and seven runs batted in.

“Adam has been on absolute fire,” Sturm said. “Without a doubt, he’s our best outfielder. Since we moved him to our leadoff spot, we’ve scored 48 runs in just six games.”

Oakville starting pitcher Pat Doyle was solid on the mound as he threw a complete game of seven innings, giving up just two runs on six hits. The senior hurler walked just two batters while striking out seven in his second win of the season. Doyle is 2-1 overall with a 1.73 earned run average.

“The two earned runs they got on him are a little bit deceiving,” Sturm said. “He (Doyle) threw the ball well for us and gave us the chance to win. His demeanor on the mound is exactly what you would expect out of a senior.”

One player Sturm has been impressed with lately is junior third baseman Dan Rohlfing, who’s leading the team with a .464 batting average. He also leads the team with eight runs batted in and five doubles.

“I haven’t seen anybody better than Dan at third base this year,” Sturm said. “He’s having an outstanding year and what he gives us defensively is just tremendous. He’s such a good player and is really fun to watch.”

The Tigers are back on the diamond at 4:15 p.m. Friday when they play host to Jackson in a non-conference game.