Centerville 4, Davis County 2
It was another close victory for the Big Reds as Centerville was able to come away with another two-run victory.
"Great win to start conference play in front of our awesome crowd in our home opener. The guys really played well after falling behind, which shows that we have unbelievable leadership and experience among our players," head coach Ryan Hodges said.
Both teams saw two runs cross home plate in the third inning. A Kayden Kauzlarich single would score Brady Kauzlarich from second. Merrick Mathews would then double home McCain Oden to tie the game at two.
Centerville then added two more runs in the next inning with two Kade Mosley scoring on a passed ball and Kayden Kauzlarich once again singling home Brady Kauzlarich. There was then a brief downpour that caused a momentary delay before they were able to get back to the game.
"It was nice to get another game in after a wet week, hopefully we can get on a more consistent roll over the next few weeks if the weather allows," Hodges said.
Mathews got the start on the mound, pitching four innings while giving up two runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Brady Kauzlarich then came in to pitch the final three innings and would be lights out, not allowing a hit with five strikeouts to close out the win for Centerville.
Kayden Kauzlarich and Myles Clawson each had three hits on the night for the Big Reds.
"We have been pitching really well early on as well as having guys step up each game offensively. It's always fun to see who will be the guy(s) that night that picks us up. Hopefully we can get the rest of the week in, if not we will have a huge conference week during week two of the season," Hodges said.
Centerville (2-0) travels to Osceola to face Clarke (0-1) on Friday for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.
Moulton-Udell 17, Orient-Macksburg 2
ORIENT — The Eagles won one game last year in their regular season finale to snap a 36-game losing streak. Now, they have won their first game of 2019 in convincing fashion.
“The kids played a very solid game tonight. It is nice to get our first win early in the season. The kids have been working very hard and it showed tonight,” head coach Jason Ogden said.
After leading 5-1 after four innings, the Eagles blew the game open with four runs in the fourth and eight runs in the sixth.
Wyatt Stansberry put together a strong performance on the mound and at the plate where he would go 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two walks. On the rubber, Stansberry got the win, pitching all six innings while giving up two runs, one earned on one hit with four walks and 12 strikeouts.
Caleb Martin was a big run producer on the night for Moulton-Udell, going 2-for-5 with four RBIs. Hunter Spring proved to be a tough out at the bottom of the order, going 4-for-5 with a RBI.
“We still have a lot of work to do, but I feel we are headed in the right direction,” Ogden said.
Moulton-Udell (1-0) will host Seymour (1-0) on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Seymour 10, Central Decatur 7
LEON — Seymour did their damage early and were able to hold off any late rallies from Central Decatur to pick up their first win on the season.
The Warrior bats were hitting early with Seymour bringing across five runs in the first, one in second and four in the third. Central Decatur tried to keep up with the scoring as Seymour held a 10-5 lead through three innings.
Seymour was able to work deep counts all night, drawing 10 walks while also striking out 11 times. Central Decatur got a run in the fifth and sixth inning to cut the deficit but the Warriors were able to shut it down for the win.
Ty Campbell pitched a strong first game after giving up some early damage. He would pitch 6 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs, four earned, on five hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. Eighth grader Brody Tuttle came in to close the door and secure his first career save, giving up one hit while striking out one in 2/3 innings.
Campbell also had a nice night at the plate, walking twice while collecting three RBIs and two stolen bases. Angler Parham also had a pair of hits in RBIs for the Warriors.
"We limited our walks and errors, which we set out to do, put the ball in play and didn’t panic when the score got close. Overall, a quality first game. We just have to keep the momentum going," head coach Clint Housh said.
Seymour (1-0) will stay on the road on Thursday at 6 p.m. when they play Moulton-Udell (1-0).
Orient-Macksburg 15, Moulton-Udell 7
ORIENT — The bats had a much better night but the defense was once again the Lady Eagles’ achilles heal.
“I saw a lot of positive things tonight. I felt like at the plate we were much better and more confident. We still have work to due as we left a lot of runners on base,” head coach Jason Ogden said.
Jessica King, Chelsey Boettcher and Stephanie Leager all had a pair of hits in the contest with Boettcher also collecting two RBIs.
Moulton-Udell trailed 11-2 going into the sixth before scoring five runs in the top of the inning to close to the gap to 11-7. Orient-Macksburg would respond with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain a comfortable lead. The Bulldogs would score at least one run in each of the first six innings.
King got the start on the mound and would give up 15 runs, only six earned, on 10 hits with five walks and six strikeouts.
“Our biggest problem right now is giving teams extra outs. We have to start playing better defense. It is early and we are a work in progress, so I think those things will come,” Ogden said.
Moulton-Udell (0-2) host Seymour on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Central Decatur 5, Seymour 0
LEON — The Warriorettes were shutout in the their first game of 2019. Central Decatur would get one run in the second and two in the third before padding their lead with two runs in the seventh to get the win.
Seymour was limited to four hits and four walks while striking out 10 times. Central Decatur got multi-hit nights from Kylee Rockhold, Riley Bell and Elly Hall while Bell and Hall both had two RBIs.
Seymour (0-1) face a quick turnaround as they travel to Moulton-Udell (0-2) on Thursday at 8 p.m.
*Seymour stats were not available at time of print