MASCOUTAH — While the highly accurate pitching of Mascoutah senior Alex Oltmann created a lot of foul balls Monday, it also created plenty of frustration for the Triad Knights.
Coming right after hitters all day, Oltmann tossed a three-hit, six-inning shutout as Mascoutah blanked Triad 10-0 to remain in first control of the Mississippi Valley Conference race.
"A.O. was great," said Mascoutah coach Don Eddy, whose 19-3 club improved to 5-0 in league play. "He did a great job, worked ahead in the count. Early in the game they had a lot of long-bats ... they fouled a lot of pitches off and he just kept filling up the strike zone and battling through."
Eddy liked the way Oltmann (3-0) stayed poised after the game's first batter, Matt Mersinger, wound up with a double when the right fielder lost track of the ball in the sun.
"That's something that as a pitcher you might be concerned about," Eddy said. "(Oltmann) left him out there the first inning and that's a big thing because we were able to come in and score."
Austin Waugh was 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs for Mascoutah while Wyatt Elbe and Oltmann each had two hits. Jacob Pratt had two RBIs on a sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk.
Triad (12-10) fell to 2-5 in the MVC and lost to Mascoutah twice this season by a combined score of 22-1.
Mascoutah did not pound down the fences Monday, instead using nine singles, a three-run double by Waugh and Triad's contribution of five walks by starter Lucas Gibson (3-4) and three infield errors.
"We walked too many people" Triad coach Jesse Bugger said. "When you compound that with not catching the ball. In that second inning we gave up three and the ball didn't leave the infield. It's a frustrating deal; we just need to work harder and we need to get better. That's the bottom line."
Waugh and Pratt drove in runs for Mascoutah in the first inning to stake Oltmann to a quick lead.
The Indians tacked on three more in the second on two walked, two errors and a bases-loaded walk to Pratt. Chase Barnes had a pinch-hit RBI single in the fifth before Waugh's three-run double and an RBI single by Elbe sent everyone home early in the sixth because of the 10-run rule.
"They pecked and pecked and pecked and then they started swinging the bats a little bit at the end," Bugger said. "We compounded things with extra baserunners."
Triad used four sophomores in the lineup and continues to build toward what Bugger hopes is a strong finish.
"We haven't quote, unquote 'rebuilt' in a little while," he said. "It's one of those deals where we want to be a much better team in three weeks."
Eddy was pleased to see his team take advantage of every offensive opportunity.
"We preach (scoring) early and often, try not to start out slow and then try not to start off fast and then fizzle off," he said. "We were able to score in four of the six innings and you're able to do that you're going to give yourself a pretty good chance to win. We've got many different guys that are contributing."