Tigers fall to Hazelwood, defeat St. Charles 11-2

Oakville will face St. Mary's Thursday at Heine Meine Field

By STEPHEN GLOVER

The Oakville Senior High School baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday afternoon with a heartbreaking 7-6 loss to Hazelwood Central and an 11-2 routing of St. Charles.

In Oakville’s loss to Hazelwood Central, the two teams combined for 25 hits as the Tigers hammered out six runs on 10 hits.

Hazelwood Central generated seven runs on 15 hits for the win.

“Hazelwood Central hit the ball extremely well,” Oakville head coach Rich Sturm told the Call. “They played better than we did all the way around.”

Oakville starting pitcher Alex Hrebec took the loss as he gave up six runs on 12 hits in 61⁄3 innings. The senior hurler struck out three batters and walked none in his second loss of the season.

“Alex gave us a great effort,” Sturm said. “We needed him to eat up some innings and he did that.”

Brett Deters relieved Hrebec in the seventh inning, giving up one run on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Deters struck out one batter and walked one in the senior reliever’s sixth appearance of the season.

“This was actually Brett’s first relief appearance,” Sturm said. “I thought he made some quality pitches.”

Oakville first baseman Danny Chambliss was solid at the plate with two hits that generated one double, one run scored and one run batted in.

“Danny’s a sophomore that’s playing first base when Hrebec pitches,” Sturm said. “He’s got a great swing and defensively has progressed as the season goes on.”

Against St. Charles, the Tigers generated 11 runs on 17 hits as starting pitcher Drew Stanton grabbed his second win of the season.

Stanton gave up just two runs on five hits in six innings. The sophomore starting pitcher also struck out five batters and walked just two in his third appearance on the mound this season. He’s 2-0 overall with a 1.40 earned run average.

“Drew was outstanding,” Sturm said. “His velocity was consistent along with his curve and change-up.”

Paul Moritz relieved Stanton in the seventh inning and gave up no runs on one hit. The junior relief pitcher walked one and stuck out one batter in his first appearance on the mound this season.

“Paul’s a great kid that’s a hard worker,” Sturm said. “His location was pretty good and I was very pleased with the way he came in and threw the ball.”

Oakville’s Blake Carrigan and Cody Terry generated three hits each as Carrigan racked up two doubles and drove in one run. The senior outfielder also stole a base and scored three runs as he brought his batting average up to .466.

“Since we’ve moved Blake up the lineup to the No. 2 hole, he’s been playing more comfortably,” Sturm said. “I think it really fits his offensive abilities.”

Terry scored two runs and drove in two runs as the senior shortstop raised his batting average to .383.

“Cody’s a solid player that’s a gamer game in and game out,” Sturm said. “He’s an extremely intelligent baseball player.”