Oakville Legion team falls to Rock Memorial

By STEPHEN GLOVER

An error-filled game Sunday afternoon against Rock Memorial resulted in a 13-10 loss for the Oakville American Legion baseball team.

“We basically had it (the win) and then gave it back to them,” Oakville head coach Matt Boyer told the Call. “We had another error fest that basically cost us the game.”

Oakville (13-11, 5-3 District 10 South) was riding a no-hit performance through four innings by starting pitcher Matt Pressler. But Rock Memorial drove in six runs on six hits in the fifth inning as the Oakville defense struggled to end the inning.

Pressler finished the game with six runs on six hits while walking just one batter and striking out five in a no-decision effort.

“Matt threw the ball well and ran into a little bad luck,” Boyer explained. “He deserved a much better fate than the one he was dealt with.”

Relief pitcher Mitch Seward threw the final three innings of the game and gave up seven runs on five hits while walking two batters. The loss for Seward was his second of the season.

“Mitch was the same story as Matt,” Boyer said. “The mistakes on the field really overshadowed any mistakes made by our pitchers.”

Oakville shortstop Greg Dambach was three-for-four at the plate with one run scored and one walk. He’s currently batting .388 with 24 runs scored.

“Greg’s been coming on real hot here lately,” Boyer said. “He can really hit the ball with power to just about anywhere.”

Second baseman Josh Welch also had a solid afternoon at the plate with a three-for-five showing with two runs batted in. Welch is holding down a .400 batting average with eight runs driven in.

“Josh is one of those kids that I’ve watched play since he was little,” Boyer said. “He’s a hard-nosed player that goes up to the plate and makes good contact.”

Oakville is back in action this weekend as in the Anheuser-Busch Fourth of July Tournament at Heine Meine ballpark.

Oakville will begin the tournament when the team takes on Scott City at 5:30 p.m. Friday. After that, the team will play Columbia at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and New Baden (Ill.) at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.