When the Oakville American Legion varsity baseball team pulled out a 5-4 win over Creve Coeur Sunday evening, it was about as exciting as a ballgame could be.
“It was the type of game where both pitchers deserved to win,” Oakville head coach Matt Boyer told the Call. “Matt Pressler pitched one heck of a game.”
Pressler pitched a complete game in which he gave up four runs on six hits and threw 132 pitches giving up two walks and striking out five.
The pitch count “is more than what we normally string out our pitchers,” Boyer said. “We normally try to keep them around 100 pitches. But Matt says “hey I want to finish this.”
Oakville (16-14, 5-4 District 10 South) held a 3-0 lead after designated Kevin Bruch jacked a two-run homer to dead center in the third inning. Bruch finished the evening with a 1-4 performance in which he drove in two runs.
“The boys told Kevin to give us a moon shot and on the very next pitch he hits one over the center field fence,” Boyer said.
Oakville held a 3-1 lead going into the top of the ninth inning before Creve Coeur reeled off three runs to take a 4-3 edge.
Oakville drove in two runs on two bunts to grab the come from behind win.
“Sometimes you’ve got to play small ball,” Boyer said. “The bunt forces Creve Coeur to make a defensive play.”
The first run scored in the bottom of the ninth inning came from a bunt by pinch hitter Brian Roustio that drove in pinch runner Jake Morgan.
“On the first one, we forced them and they couldn’t make the play,” Boyer said.
Oakville’s second run in the bottom of the ninth inning came from second baseman Vinny Gualdoni who drove in outfielder Correy Brocco.
“On the second one, I don’t know how Vinny got that one down. The ball almost hit him and he was still able to bunt.”
Up next for Oakville is the Anheuser Busch Fourth of July Tournament, which begins this Friday.
“The Anheuser Busch Tournament has been going on for a very long time and is a very well known tournament,” Boyer said. “Some college coaches come down and you might have a scout or two come to check things out. It’s a very good array of teams that we normally don’t get to face and that’s always fun.”
Oakville takes on Maryland Heights at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and Centralia (Ill.) at 5 p.m. Oakville is also slated to play Higginsville (Mo.) on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. All games are scheduled to be played at Heine Meine field.