Kayden Kauzlarich

Centerville's Kayden Kauzlarich (right) tries to turn a double play.

Another lights out pitching and defensive performance from No. 10 Centerville helped the Big Reds to a 4-0 shutout over Pella on Tuesday night.

“Very nice win that was due to timely hits and very good pitching performances by Myles (Clawson) and Otis (Williams). We have been getting great pitching most of the year. Our defense is starting to come around as guys are settling into new roles and the bats are starting to get going,” Centerville head coach Ryan Hodges said.

Myles Clawson and Otis Williams combined for a five-hit shutout for Centerville. Clawson did nice job of working the ball low in the zone early, forcing the first five Pella hitters to ground out. Clawson would go five innings, giving up five hits with two strikeouts.

Williams then took the mound for the final two innings, allowing just two walks with three strikeouts to close out the game.

Centerville scored their first three runs on Pella errors. They opened the scoring in the first inning as a bad throw by the Pella second baseman while trying to turn a double play would score Kayden Kauzlarich from third. That was the only damage Centerville could muster as Pella was able to get two force outs at home with the bases loaded.

The two teams would strand at least one runner in each half-inning without scoring until the bottom of the fifth where Centerville would extend their lead.

A couple of infield grounders turned into Dutch errors, allowing two Big Red runs to score with two outs. Then with runners on first and third, Hodges elected to call for a steal. The throw was cut off from second and was thrown to the plate where a head-first sliding Sawyer Wardlow would slide in under the tag to give Centerville a 4-0 lead, which would hold as the final.

Brady Kauzlarich, McCain Oden, Kade Mosley and Walker White all had a pair of hits while White had Centerville’s lone RBI in the contest.

“Walker got back into hitting tonight with two hits. He has really been having a good year at the plate. I'm so happy for him. He’s a great kid and teammate,” Hodges said.

After suffering their first loss of the season against Indianola last week, Centerville has gone 4-0 while only allowing three total runs in that stretch. Now they will get a chance to really take control of the conference title race.

“We will get refocused for what we hope is a season sweep of EBF on Thursday,” Hodges said.

No. 10 Centerville (14-1) will host Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (14-6) on Thursday at 7:30 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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