OSKALOOSA — Three late Oskaloosa errors helped Centerville come back from a late deficit to defeat the Indians 4-3 in eight innings.
“Very good extra inning win on the road coming off a long break. It was a little how I expected things to go after an extended break but the guys rallied to get it done,” Centerville head coach Ryan Hodges said.
The Big Reds scored one run in the first but a three-run second inning by Oskaloosa ahead 3-1 for the majority of the game.
That was until the seventh inning where a pair of Indian errors would help Centerville tie the game at three.
McCain Oden, who started the game and would end up going the distance, stranded an Oskaloosa runner on third to send the game to extras.
Kaleb Cochran would draw a leadoff walk to begin the eighth and would later score the go-ahead run on a Kade Mosley hit. Oskaloosa finished the game going down in order as Oden threw all eight innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Centerville have had their fair share of comebacks and close wins this season. Games like this should help the Big Reds as they near tournament time.
“With four games left before the postseason, we need to win close games like this to prepare us for the tournament,” Hodges said.
No. 7 (3A) Centerville (20-3) will get a great test on Thursday at 7 p.m. when they host No. 1 (4A) Johnston (27-5).