Summer baseball falls short of tournament title

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER
O’Fallon has been doing well all summer. The team, pictured here after going 5-0 in Pool Play at the Battle of Omaha CWS Tournament earlier this month, is currently 19-4. (Submitted Photo)

O’Fallon has been doing well all summer. The team, pictured here after going 5-0 in Pool Play at the Battle of Omaha CWS Tournament earlier this month, is currently 19-4. (Submitted Photo)

The OTHS Gold Summer Baseball team had a promising showing at the recent Lindenwood University Baseball Tournament this past week, despite falling in the title game to the St. Louis Naturals on Sunday. The team posted a commanding 5-1 record for the tournament, moving their summer record to 19-4.

In the first game, Logan Boente pitched the Panthers to a win while Jacob Dreyer, Dominic Smiley, and Quinn Lowery added two hits apiece to pace O’Fallon Gold to a 5-2 opening win over the Rawlings Tigers.

The second game of the tournament featured the Panthers and the Midwest Eagles. There wasn’t much scoring offense in this one, but Heath Zuber got all he needed in pitching O’Fallon gold to a 3-2 win in which Nathan Martin added a pair of base knocks.

The Panthers faced another tight battle in the third game of the tourney against the St. Louis Pirates. Again, pitching was key, and again, O’Fallon’s was better. Garrett Herring only needed 4 runs of support, and Quinn Lowery came through on the mound to close out a hard-fought 4-3 win. O’Fallon finished pool play by defeating the Pirates’ #2 Club 9-6 to win the group.

The Semi-Final of the tournament featured yet another strong Panther pitching performance, this time from Jaysn Miller. The soon-to-be Junior threw the best game of the tournament for his team, tossing a complete-game gem in leading O’Fallon Gold to a 3-1 win over the Missouri Gators.

The Title Game, however, would hold a very different script for this Panthers team that was so reliant on its pitching for the whole tournament. The Naturals’ pitching staff kept O’Fallon’s bats quiet while their own offense plated five runs that would simply prove to be too much.