CENTERVILLE — CORRECTION: Due to an incorrect schedule, the game time listed originally was incorrect. The game will begin in Chariton at 3:30 p.m.
The Centerville Big Reds have put up 13 straight wins in South Central Conference play. They could very well clinch an outright conference title tonight in Chariton.
The Big Reds beat the Clarke Indians 10-0 in a six inning game on Tuesday. However, just before the second game could begin, lightning delayed the start before rain eventually washed out game two.
Chariton suffered a mild upset Tuesday night, as Albia picked up a 12-2 rout to open the doubleheader. After that, the Blue Demons charged back from a 7-1 deficit heading into the fourth inning to win the game 10-7.
That sweep by Albia played an important role in the South Central Conference race. That sweep makes it a little easier for the Big Reds, who have so far run away with the SCC race. All they now need is a two-game sweep against Chariton tonight to clinch an outright conference title.
They can also clinch the SCC crown outright if they split against Chariton and Eddyville splits with Albia tonight.
Chariton and Eddyville are the only teams that have a mathematical chance of catching the red-hot Big Reds. Albia, Davis County and Clarke have already been eliminated from title contention.
On Tuesday, the Big Reds beat the winless Clarke Indians 10-0 in game one of what was supposed to be a SCC doubleheader. However, before the second game could get underway, lightning caused a delay. Shortly after, the game was postponed completely due to rain.
The Big Reds jumped off to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. A lead-off single by Payton Kaulzarich followed by back-to-back walks drawn by Grant Walker and Kolton Gonnerman would load the bases with no out for the Reds.