Season proves frustrating for Oakville Legion

By STEPHEN GLOVER

In what has become a season of frustration for the Oakville American Legion baseball team, Sunday afternoon’s 24-1 loss to Kirk-wood (5-14, 0-4 District 10 South) actually may prove to be a low point.

“Everything went wrong for us, everything,” Oakville head coach Matt Boyer said. “It’s all about attitude and you’ve got to have the right attitude and not let things get to you. We’ve got guys on our team where the team concept just isn’t there.”

Oakville (7-18, 1-5 District 10 South) has lost 13 of its last 15 games as starting pitcher Casey Savage struggled through the first three innings Sunday.

Savage gave up 11 runs on five hits while walking three batters and striking out two for his fourth loss of the season.

“Casey started out fine and basically went 1-2-3 in the first inning,” Boyer said. “But his whole attitude changed on the mound after our first error. Mistakes are going to happen and it’s part of the game. He just didn’t react in a positive manner to overcome it.”

Oakville Right fielder Grant Steiger was solid at the plate by putting together a two-hit performance against Kirkwood.

“Grant goes up there and doesn’t get cheated,” Boyer said. “He hits the ball hard and gives himself a chance. He’s one of the most consistent guys at the plate for us.”

Catcher Ryan Gleason had two hits for Oakville while also drawing a walk against Kirkwood.

“Ryan’s worked his butt off not only behind the plate, but also offensively,” Boyer said. “He goes out there and gets good swings at the ball.”

Oakville returns to action today — July 2 — the first round of the Fourth of July Classic, which is being played at Heine Meine. Oakville will take on Rock Memorial at 5:30 p.m. today, New Baden at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Maryland Heights at 9 a.m. Saturday.