Oakville gives up lead, falls to Thoman Boothe in District 10 tournament

By STEPHEN GLOVER

Continuing a theme that has plagued it throughout the season, the Oakville American Legion baseball team gave up a lead in a 7-4 loss to Thoman Boothe in the consolation bracket of the District 10 Tournament.

The July 23 loss to Thoman Boothe was a complete contrast to Oakville’s 16-11 win over Lemay. Oakville generated a total of 22 hits in the July 21 victory.

“It was basically the same old story in that we had the lead and then gave it up,” Oakville head coach Matt Boyer said. “The difference between this game and the Lemay game was that we hit the ball, but it was right at them. We had the bases loaded twice with no outs and only scored one run both times. That was kind of a back-breaker for us.”

Oakville starting pitcher Todd Platz took the loss against Thoman Boothe as he gave up six runs on four hits in 52⁄3 innings. Platz also recorded four walks and four strikeouts in his seventh appearance on the mound this season.

“He started out well the first couple of innings,” Boyer said. “But by the fourth inning, he got in trouble and walked a guy and then hit two guys in a row.”

Tim Martin relieved Platz in the sixth inning and gave up two hits over the course of 11⁄3 innings. Oakville’s Glenn Grim relieved Martin in the eighth inning and gave up one run on one hit while walking two batters and striking out one in his 10th appearance on the mound this season.

“Tim and Glenn had pitched two days before in the Lemay game,” Boyer said. “They both came in and basically held them and got the job done.”

Left fielder Mike Mahfood had the strongest day at the plate for Oakville as he racked up a single, two doubles and one RBI.

“The last two games, Mike really started to get on track,” Boyer said. “During the playoffs, something clicked for him.”