KNOXVILLE – The Big Red baseball squad split a pair of contests at the Knoxville Tournament on Saturday.

Centerville got off to a rough start at the tourney as Newton scored eight total runs in the first two innings of the opener, before cruising to a 10-5 over the Big Reds.

“We got knocked out early in this one, but Wallace Carter and Virgil Shondel gave us some good relief innings,” commented Centerville head coach Bill Huisman.

Carter pitched three innings in relief, scattering four hits while allowing no earned runs as Shondel threw the final inning of the game, striking out one Cardinal batter.

Kyle Kauzlarich paced the Centerville offense, going 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. Carter, Shondel and John Allgood also added hits in the effort.

Centerville bounced back in its final game of the tournament, holding on for a 7-4 win over Saydel.

The Big Reds manufactured three runs in the fifth inning, which proved to be the difference in the contest.

Michael Kauzlarich had an impressive outing on the mound for Centerville, scattering three hits while striking out five during five innings of work.

“Michael Kauzlarich pitching a nice game, allowing only three hits and not allowing Saydel to have a big inning,” added Huisman.

Carter, Shondel and Seth Thomas each had two-hit performances with Carter belting a triple and Thomas adding a double.

Kyle Kauzlarich, Tyler Gray, John Cochran and A.J. Hoffman each added hits during the victory.

Centerville (6-6) is scheduled to play again Wednesday when they host Southeast Warren in a JV/V doubleheader, starting at 6 p.m.

Newton 10, Centerville 5


Cville 0 0 1 0 1 3 - 5 5 3

Newt 4 4 0 2 0 x - 10 9 1

Centerville pitching - John Cochran [L, 2-1] (IP, 5H, 8R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K), Wallace Carter (3IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, K), Virgil Shondel (IP, BB, K).

Hitting - Kyle Kauzlarich 2-3, Carter 1-3, Shondel 1-3, Allgood 1-1.

2B - K. Kauzlarich.

Runs - Tyler Gray 2, Seth Thomas, Trent McFarland, Allgood.

RBI - Carter 2, Gray, K. Kauzlarich.

SB - Thomas.

Centerville 7, Saydel 4


Cville 1 1 2 0 3 0 - 7 10 5

Saydel 1 0 1 1 0 1 - 4 3 4

Centerville pitching - Kyle Kauzlarich [W, 2-2] (5IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, BB, 5K), Morgan Kellis (IP, R, 0ER, BB).

Hitting - Thomas 2-2, Shondel 2-3, Carter 2-4, K. Kauzlarich 1-4, Gray 1-3, Cochran 1-3, A.J. Hoffman 1-3.

3B - Carter.

2B - Thomas.

Runs - Shondel 2, Thomas 2, K. Kauzlarich, Carter, Hoffman.

RBI - Cochran 2, Carter, Shondel.

SB - Carter, Thomas.

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