Oakville boys fall to Lafayette 3-0 at home

Oakville High baseball team to face Francis Howell North


While defense and pitching win ball games, the Oakville Senior High School baseball team realized last Friday that scoring a few runs wouldn’t hurt either as the Tigers fell 3-0 to Lafayette at home.

The Tigers generated just four hits in their loss to the Lancers.

“The biggest thing in that game was our failure to adjust at the plate,” Oakville head coach Rich Sturm told the Call. “Our biggest failure was to recognize where the pitcher is going to attack the strike zone.”

Oakville (13-7, 4-3 Suburban West) received a solid pitching performance from sophomore Corey “Bubba” Bradshaw, who gave up three runs on 11 hits in seven innings. Bradshaw’s first start on the mound for the varsity team also racked up five strikeouts and one walk.

“That was Bubba’s first varsity start and all we asked was for him to give us a chance to win,” Sturm said. “He did that, we just didn’t score any runs to back him up.”

The Tigers did have one solid performance at the plate as Dan Rohlfing blasted two hits, including a double.

The senior starting catcher is carrying a stellar .509 batting average with eight doubles and 22 runs batted in.

“Nothing changes with that kid game in and game out,” Sturm said. “He’s having a great season and it’s been a long time since we had a kid at or above .500.”

Oakville was scheduled to travel to Francis Howell North for a non-conference game Tuesday — after the Call went to press. The Knights (10-7, 1-3 Gateway Athletic Conference) were coming off a 9-3 win at home over Fort Zumwalt West last week when starting pitcher Robbie Wort gave up just three runs on seven hits in five innings.

“Francis Howell North is somebody different that we don’t normally see during the season,” Sturm said. “They’re a very well-respected program and even though it’s a non-conference game, we’re wanting to hit our peak come this May.”