Oakville softball team captures district title

By STEPHEN GLOVER

As they enter the Missouri State High School Activities Association’s Class 4 Softball Tournament Wednesday afternoon, the Oakville Senior High School Tigers are on a mission to not let history repeat itself.

Unlike last year’s Tigers that won 30 games in a row before falling to conference rival Lafayette in the state championship game, this year’s Oakville team has struggled. Not only have the Tigers lost seven games this season, they’ve also had two losing streaks.

But all that changed Friday when Oakville defeated Northwest 4-3 to win the Class 4, District 2 championship.

“We knew it was going to be a close game,” Oakville head coach Rich Sturm said. “We were fortunate enough to win.”

Oakville starting pitcher Remy Edwards threw a complete game of seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits. The sophomore hurler walked four and struck out seven for her 15th win of the season. She’s 15-6 overall with a 1.31 ERA.

“Remy had a great district tournament,” Sturm said. “She had two strikeouts in two games and the Northwest game was kind of a bend-but-not-break deal for them. Remy turned in some big strikeouts when Northwest had runners in scoring position.”

Oakville first baseman Mackenzie Madigan drove in two of the Tigers’ four runs.

“In the first inning, Mackenzie reached on an error and drove in the run and had almost the same identical play in the sixth inning,” Sturm said. “She really does an exceptional job at first base and those are the kinds of things you need out of your No. 5 hitter.”

Oakville catcher Maggie Ruckenbrod also drove in a run and scored a run on one hit.

“Maggie had a tremendous two games in the district tournament,” Sturm said. “She hit a line drive to center field that allowed Julie Kernen to score.”

On Wednesday, the Tigers will take on Hillsboro (20-7, 8-0 Jefferson County) for the fourth time this season.

Oakville defeated Hillsboro 8-1 on Sept. 9 and 7-4 on Sept. 27. But the Tigers lost to Hillsboro 14-0 on Sept. 27.

“I’m hoping that the 14-0 loss to Hillsboro plays a purpose for us,” Sturm said. “I’m sure that they (Hillsboro) think that they can beat us after that 14-0 game.”