Merrick Mathews

Centerville's Merrick Mathews fields a grounder in a game against Chariton.

BASEBALL

No. 10 Centerville 7, Davis County 5

No. 10 Centerville 11, Davis County 7

BLOOMFIELD — Centerville started an important week of baseball in the winning column as they were able to pick up a couple of close wins to sweep Davis County and remain undefeated.

“Playing at Davis County is always a difficult place to play so to get the sweep is a huge accomplishment,” Centerville head coach Ryan Hodges said. “The guys took great approaches all night at the plate and the pitching was very good again in both games. To start the week off with two big road wins in a big week of conference play is a huge boost to our confidence.”

The Big Reds got out to a 5-0 lead through three innings in game one before Davis County would answer with three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to cut their lead to 5-4. Centerville would get insurance runs in the sixth and seventh to hold a two-run lead entering the bottom of the seventh.

With a runner on the first and the tying run at the plate with one out, Davis County’s Caden Hill would ground into a game-ending 5-4-3 double play as Centerville would go around the horn to win game one.

Brady Kauzlarich, McCain Oden, Myles Clawson, Kolby Micetich and Kade Mosley all had a RBI for the Big Reds in the game. Merrick Mathews was a perfect 4-for-4 with four singles.

Brady Kauzlarich started on the mound and would go five innings, giving up four runs, one earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts. Clawson would pitch the last two innings for Centerville, giving up one run on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Similarly to the first game, Centerville got out to a big lead at the start of game two with two runs in the first and another five runs in the third to get out to a 7-0 advantage.

Both teams continued to bring home runs throughout the rest of the game but it would be Centerville that scored enough to earn the sweep and see their season record improve to 9-0.

The Big Reds had 15 hits, all singles, to go along with five walks. Merrick Mathews went 4-for-4 again with an RBI to go a perfect 8-for-8 at the plate on the night. Mathews also started on the mound and would battle through five innings, giving up seven runs, four earned, on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Oden pitched the final two shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk with three strikeouts. He was also 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI.

“The guys come out each night with great confidence and it's always exciting to see who will be the guy(s) stepping up,” Hodges said. “We have had to face some adversity early in the season but the guys stay calm, battling through it. We will get rested up and get back at it on Wednesday night as we continue a tough stretch of games.”

No. 10 Centerville (9-0) return home on Wednesday to face Knoxville (3-12).

Moravia 11, Twin Cedars 4

MORAVIA — Cason Butz got the win and went 3-for-4 on the night with two doubles and one RBI. On the mound, Butz went four innings while giving up two runs, one earned, with three hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

The Mohawks’ top four hitters all had multiple hits in the contest as Casey Smith and Hunter Arbogast both had three RBIs.

Moravia have now won six out of their past seven games as they continue a busy schedule of playing everyday this week and two games against No. 4 Martensdale-St Marys on Saturday.

Moravia (6-3) host Ankeny Christian Academy (6-4) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Central Decatur 17, Moulton-Udell 2

LEON — Central Decatur scored eight runs in the first and fourth inning on their way to blowing out Moulton-Udell in four innings.

Central Decatur had 10 hits and eight walks on their way to the big victory. Seven starters had RBIs led by Haden Leymaster and Matthew Boothe, who each had three.

Moulton-Udell (2-7) will look to bounce back against Orient-Macksburg (0-9) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

*Moulton-Udell stats were not available at time of print

SOFTBALL

Centerville 7, Davis County 3

BLOOMFIELD — After finding themselves trailing 3-0 early, Alyssa McElvain shutdown the Mustang bats while the Redettes had 12 hits on their way to the win.

Centerville scored one in third before taking the lead with four runs in the fourth inning. They would later add two more runs in the sixth to secure the victory.

McElvain pitched all seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits with six strikeouts.

Mickey Stephens continues to cause problems for other teams at the top of the Redette order. The freshman went 1-for-2 with a home run (her first on the season), two RBIs and three walks. Since getting moved to leadoff, Stephens is batting .458 with one home run, six RBIs and 10 walks.

Taylor Shinn went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the cleanup spot.

Centerville (7-6) will travel to Chariton (2-11) on Wednesday.

Twin Cedars 6, Moravia 4

MORAVIA — The Lady Mohawks’ six-game win streak was snapped by one of the top teams in the Bluegrass Conference on Monday.

Twin Cedars did their damage early, taking a 5-1 lead into the third inning. Moravia pulled within two in the fifth inning but were unable to tie it up late.

Jessica Self took the loss, giving up six runs, five earned, on 12 hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings.

Anaya Keith had a big night at the plate going 2-for-2 with two doubles and three RBIs. Mikayla Fritz went 3-for-4 with a triple for the Lady Mohawks.

Moravia (9-5) host Diagonal (1-4) in a doubleheader on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Colin Peters is a sports reporter for the Daily Iowegian. He can be reached at cpeters@dailyiowegian.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @ColinPetersDI.

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Colin Peters has been a sports writer at the Daily Iowegian since May 2017