Back-to-back South Central Conference sweeps on Tuesday and Wednesday gave the Big Reds an undefeated finish to their South Central Conference schedule.
The Big Reds swept Davis County on Tuesday before sweeping the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets on Wednesday. Centerville had already clinched an outright South Central Conference title, but the sweeps of Tuesday and Wednesday clinched an undefeated conference record at 19-0.
“The conference [race] is over, but these guys deserved a perfect season,” Centerville head coach Bill Huisman said. “And I wanted it so bad for them and I think they did too, and I think it made it a little tougher on us tonight.
“It’s tough when you’ve got that carrot standing in front of you, and you’ve got to do it — you want to do it so bad. But again, these guys find a way almost every time that we’ve played this year. It’s just amazing what they can do late in the ballgame. I’m so proud of them.”
On Tuesday, the Reds hung on for a 2-1 victory against Davis County in nine innings to open the doubleheader with the Mustangs in Bloomfield.
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.