BLOOMFIELD — The Centerville Big Reds stood just two games away from a perfect season on Tuesday night, after recording a two-game sweep over the Davis County Mustangs.
They hosted Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in their conference finale yesterday. A sweep there would propel them to a undefeated end to their conference schedule with a 19-0 record. Results of Wednesday’s contest will be in Friday’s Daily Iowegian.
The first game of the South Central Conference doubleheader went nine innings, as the Reds hung on for a 2-1 victory.
Centerville picked up a 1-0 lead when a bunt by Michael Firkins scored Kolton Gonnerman in the sixth inning.
Davis County would tie the game at 1-1 when Connor Young scored on a single by Mac Chilton.
Firkins broke the tie in the top of the ninth with a lead-off, solo home run to left-centerfield. Davis County’s Bryce Vinyard drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth. He’d move to second on a sacrifice by Drew Thornsberry for the second out. The Reds would put out Jacob Jones for the final out of the game, clinching the 2-1 extra inning victory.
Some more late inning thrills occurred in the nightcap.
In the top of the first inning, Grant Walker picked up a one-out double for the Big Reds’ first runner of the game. In the next at-bat, Kolton Gonnerman launched a two-run home run to centerfield to give the Reds a 2-0 lead.
The Mustangs quickly responded in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two runs of their own with Jones and Cody Glosser both crossing the plate to bring the score to a 2-2 tie.
In the top of the second, Jared Armington drew a lead-off walk and would eventually score on an RBI single by Treye Rinehart to give the Reds a lead again.