ALBIA — The Centerville Big Reds recorded a pair of 3-2 victories over the Albia Blue Demons on Friday, as they collected four South Central Conference victories over two days against Albia and Clarke.
The four wins push the Big Reds’ conference record to 6-0, and their overall record to 10-5.
On Thursday, Centerville beat the Clarke Indians 12-1 and 17-0 to start the four-game SCC streak. Clarke scored one run in the sixth inning of the first game, as Centerville held the Indians to just three hits.
In the second game, Payton Kauzlarich and Wyatt Ewoldt combined to hold the Indians to three hits from the mound as the Reds recorded the four-inning shutout. Hunter Cowan recorded his first home run, via a grand slam in the second game.
Between the two games Thursday, Centerville recorded 21 hits.
“Big night with the bats, highlighted by Hunter Cowan’s grand slam in game two,” Centerville head coach Bill Huisman said. “Payton Kauzlarich, Walker, Firkins and Ewoldt all looked good on the mound. Also nice to be able to get everyone involved in the game by being on the field of play.”
The next day, Centerville finally got to finish their series against the Albia Blue Demons that had been delayed by weather twice. The Big Reds came-from-behind in both contests of the double header to win 3-2.
Centerville (10-5, 6-0 in SCC) will attempt to stay undefeated at the top of the conference standings tonight against the Chariton Chargers at home. The varsity double header will start at 5:30 p.m. at Pat Daugherty Field on the Centerville Indian Hills Community College campus.
On Tuesday, Centerville steps out of the SCC for a double header against Burlington at home, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Centerville 12, Clarke 1 (5 innings)
CEN 016 41 — 12 8 0
CLA 001 00 — 1 3 3
Centerville battery — Grant Walker (3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K), Michael Firkins (2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 1K).