In baseball, the fate of a game can be determined in just one inning.
That's exactly what happened on Wednes-day of last week to the Oakville Senior High School baseball team when the Ti-gers fell 12-6 to Waterloo (Ill.)
"The bottom line is that we gave up too many free passes in the fourth inning," Oakville Head Coach Rich Seim told the Call. "We were nervous and played that way. Right now, what we need is to play with a little more confidence."
The Tigers (0-1) found themselves tied 1-1 after three innings until starting pitcher Eric Brewer was peppered for five runs in the bottom of the fourth. The junior thrower yielded a total of six runs in which five were earned in just three innings of play. He gave up six walks, while striking out three batters in the losing effort.
"Eric's got to be our horse out there," Seim said. "He was the best pitcher on the JV last year and is going to find his groove eventually and be OK."
Having a solid performance at the plate for the Tigers was senior outfielder Chad Vancil, who was 2-3 at the plate in which he recorded two doubles and scored twice.
Seim believes that Vancil is probably one of the more consistent hitters on the team for the time being.
"Chad didn't have a whole lot of playing time last year," Seim said. "We had him hitting in the eighth spot and has been one of the more consistent hitters on the team. He's really hitting the ball solid right now."
The Tigers return to action this coming Tuesday as they travel to Hillsboro for an important non-conference game for the Tigers.
"We use to play Hillsboro regularly in the past," Seim said. "They seem to be a fairly reputable team and we're just looking for some games to get more experience."