INDIANOLA — It took extra innings against a 4A team, but Centerville’s 16-game winning streak dating back to last year’s championship run ended on Thursday as the Big Reds fell to Indianola 3-2 in 11 innings.
“Tough loss but a quality one to a team that is playing really well right now. The guys never back down from a challenge and it showed tonight, especially with two young guys pitching well,” Centerville head coach Ryan Hodges said.
Centerville started the scoring in the first inning before Indianola tied it up at one in the bottom of the second. The Big Reds added another run int he fifth before once again surrendering the tying run in the bottom of the sixth to send the game to extras.
Otis Williams pitched the first seven innings for Centerville, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Kade Mosley, who hadn’t pitched all season long, would come in for Williams to try to hold Indianola off the board.
Mosley would go 3 1/3 innings before the Indians would walk it off in the 11th. Mosley would end up allowing one run on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Merrick Mathews and Walker White both had a RBI for the Big Reds while Brady Kauzlarich went 3-for-5 at the top of the order.
“Otis threw a heck of a game, just didn't get a couple breaks or he would have had a complete game win,” Hodges said. “Kade came in relief and did an equally great job. Extremely proud of the way we competed all night in an extra inning battle on the road. Offensively, we had a couple guys with multiple hits and a few hard struck balls that were right at guys.”
Dating back to last year, Centerville has won 21 of their last 23 games.
“We had an impressive streak going back to last season but it's time to start another one and continue getting better each night,” Hodges said.
No. 10 Centerville (10-1) get a quick turnaround as they return home on Friday to face Clarke (4-9).