EDDYVILLE — Jake Schroeder knows what it takes to win the South Central Conference baseball title. Last summer, his Chariton Chargers battled to the very end of the season to earn that crown on the way to earning a trip to the State Baseball Tournament.
Currently, the Chargers are in second place in this season’s SCC baseball race. There’s only one team they have to catch to successfully defend the title.
But the way that team is playing, second place in the SCC may be all that’s left for any other conference team to play for.
“Centerville’s really good this year,” Schroeder said. “They’re going to run away with it unless someone can clip them.”
In a conference that is supposed to be as tough as any to win in, that’s all the Centerville baseball team has been doing this summer. Twelve games in. Twelve wins in the book. The Big Reds are on a roll that has impressed every one of their conference rivals.
Perhaps the only ones not surprised by their perfect run are the Big Reds themselves.
“It might sound a little arrogant, but I really felt like we were going to be here right now at the start of the season,” Centerville senior Michael Starcevich said. “We had a lot of talent coming back this year and we’ve all worked really hard together to be in this position.”
“I didn’t think we’d turn the conference race into a runaway. You never want to think that during any point of a season,” Centerville head coach Bill Huisman said. “Right now, this is a good team. We can’t take anything for granted, but right now they’re a fun team to watch.”
The Big Reds most recent outing on Tuesday showcased what makes Huisman’s squad so much fun to watch. Centerville showcased so many tools a good baseball team needs to succeed.