You might have been a little worried after the first half inning if you were a Centerville fan. Alyssa McElvain’s first pitch hit the back of the PCM batter as the Mustangs opened up with a big first inning. It was all Centerville from there as the Redettes would win the game 10-4 to advance to the regional semifinals.
Centerville dug themselves into an early hole as PCM opened up a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Redettes responded well with a couple of PCM errors paired with RBIs by Alyssa McElvain, Elizabeth Zintz and Riley Hawk giving them a 5-3 lead after one inning.
Centerville kept their foot on the gas in the second inning as Claire Mathews ripped a RBI double before later scoring on another Mustang error. Lanie Moorman then capped off the inning with a RBI single, increasing the Centerville lead to 8-3.
Both teams cooled down on offense for the middle innings with PCM adding one run in the third before being held scoreless for the remaining four innings.
The Redettes added insurance runs in the sixth on PCM’s fourth error and another on a wild pitch, increasing Centerville’s lead to 10-4 entering the final inning.
McElvain would close out the win, ending her night allowing four runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts. Mathews reached base in all four of her at-bats while scoring three times for the Redettes.
Centerville (15-15) will now face their biggest test this season as they hit the road to play No. 2 Louisa-Muscatine (31-4) in the regional semifinals.