Tigers defeat Southern Boone County

By STEPHEN GLOVER

Oakville’s Matt Noblitt drove in the game-winning run on a double down the left-field line, sending home Andy Pichler from second base as the Tigers defeated Southern Boone County 4-2 in 13 innings.

“To be honest, this was a very well-pitched game,” Oakville head coach Nick Aboussie said of Sunday’s game. “Southern Boone County is a really good team and the pitching stepped up on both sides when it had to.”

Nolan Lark received the win after throwing five innings of relief pitching. Lark struck out seven batters while walking five in a two-hit showing.

“Nolan’s been primarily a starter the entire year,” Aboussie said. “Today, he was able to locate his breaking ball, which kept their kids off balance.”

Oakville starting pitcher Andy Pichler received the no-decision as he gave up just one earned run on six hits in eight innings. He walked three and had six strikeouts.

“This was really Andy’s first start of the year and I thought he threw extremely well,” Aboussie said. “He’s a very smart player who has pretty good arm strength. He challenges hitters and doesn’t walk many batters.”

Oakville first baseman Gavin Magruder racked up one run scored on three hits and got things going in the 13th inning with a single to left field.

“Gavin’s been with us the last three years and is one of those kids that’s really stepped up and done what we’ve needed him to do,” Aboussie said. “He’s headed to Westminster College this fall and we think he’s going to be very successful there.”

Pichler was brought in as a courtesy runner for Magruder and proceeded to steal second base. Noblitt’s double down the left-field line drove in Pichler and gave Oakville a 3-2 lead and the eventual 4-2 win.

Noblitt got on base four times, recording two runs scored and one run batted in.

“Matt’s done a fantastic job at shortstop and has been one of our more consistent players at the plate,” Aboussie said. “He really sets the table for us.”

The Tigers are back in action today — July 3 — when they travel to St. Dominic for a 5:30 p.m. game with the Crusaders.

St. Dominic is the defending Missouri Class 3 state champion as the Crusaders defeated Webb City 8-0 for the title.

“St. Dominic is a pretty good ball club and has gotten a taste of what it’s like to win a state championship,” Aboussie said. “They really go out there and compete.”