It was deja vu, and not in a good way, for Centerville on Thursday as they once again fell 4-2 to a one-win Chariton team at home.
A 1-25 Chariton team came into Centerville, who was 20-11 at the time, for the first round of regionals last year. Chariton would pull off the big upset, defeating the Redettes by a score of 4-2.
This year Chariton came into Centerville as a one-win team again, although it is a much smaller sample size at 1-7.
The Redettes opened the scoring in the first inning as Claire Mathews would rip a RBI single to left field. Chariton would retire the next three batters to strand Centerville runners on second and third.
Both teams went down in order for the next two innings before Chariton would tie the game up at one in the fourth inning. Chariton’s Macy Wood would run out a triple but an errant throw would go into the Chariton dugout allowing Wood to jog home.
Centerville’s defense continued to hurt them in the fifth inning where four errors would lead to three Chariton runs. The Redettes would try to get those runs back in the bottom of the inning but would have to settle for one on a Mickey Stephens RBI double down the left field line to cut the Chariton lead to 4-2.
Centerville would get one last chance in the seventh inning as they would load the bases with two outs for their cleanup hitter Alyssa McElvain. For the second straight night, McElvain would fly out with the tying run in scoring position to end the game.
McElvain battled on the rubber, trying to work around Centerville’s errors. She would take the loss after pitching all seven innings with no walks and eight strikeouts.
Centerville (5-5) will try to snap their three-game losing streak on Saturday at 10 a.m. when they play in the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Tournament.