Oakville American Legion freshmen earn District 10 runners-up honors
July 20, 2005 - After starting the season with a 12-game winning streak, the Oakville Amer-ican Legion freshman team grabbed runners-up honors in the District 10 tournament.
"This was a very talented group of players," Oakville freshman head coach Dan Chambliss told the Call.
"Of our six losses, three were by one run,'' the coach noted.
Oakville (28-6, 11-3 District 10) actually tied with Manchester for first place in Dis-trict 10 during the regular season.
It also was Manchester that defeated Oak-ville 7-0 in the championship game of the District 10 Tournament.
"We actually played Manchester six times this season and split with them," Chambliss said.
Oakville catcher John Brinkmann led the team in batting average this season with an impressive .500 average in which he hammered our four doubles, five triples and 36 runs batted in.
He also led the team in walks (21) and stolen bases (20).
"John's a very good catcher and a very good hitter," Chambliss explained. "He's a real leader-type ball player."
First baseman Danny Chambliss was another Oakville player that was deadly at the plate with a .407 batting average, which included 10 doubles, one triple and one home run, along with a team-leading 50 runs batted in.
"Danny's turned out to be a pretty good hitter," Chambliss said.
"But without players setting the table up in front of him, all of those (runs batted in) wouldn't have happened,'' the Oakville coach added.
Starting pitcher Jake Moehlenbrock led the Oakville staff with a 6-0 record that included a 2.23 earned run average.
Moehlenbrock also stuck out 36 batters this season and kept his opponents to a cool .226 batting average.
"Jake had a heck of a season for us," Chambliss said. "He gave up just one run in the district tournament (against Man-chester)."
Two other Oakville pitchers that each had records of 5-0 were Jake Evans and Ryan Schmidt.
Evans complemented his 5-0 record with a 2.53 earned run average.
He also struck out 26 batters and held his opponents to a .247 batting average.
"Jake's another kid that has the heart of a lion," Chambliss said. "It doesn't matter who you're playing, he gives you a solid performance."
Schmidt's 5-0 record includes an impressive 1.75 earned run average and a team-leading 41 strikeouts.
"Ryan's our power pitcher," Chambliss said. "He can basically shut down anybody whenever he wants to."
The Oakville freshman American Legion team probably received its biggest compliment this season as eight players were selected to play in the District 10 All-Star game on Sunday at Ballwin Athletic Asso-ciation.
Catcher John Brinkmann, right fielder Mike Mahfood, first baseman Dan Chambliss, second baseman Jordan Tip-ton, short stop Ryan Schmidt, center fielder Jake Moehlenbrock and pitchers Jake Evans and Glenn Grim were all selected to play in the District 10 All-Star game.
"This was my first year coaching legion ball, and I really enjoyed it," Chambliss said.
"The kids were always ready every night. This was a great experience, and I'm glad that I got the opportunity to do it,'' the coach added.
The District 10 All-Star game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.