Ysabella Berja

Centerville's Ysabella Berja tries to beat out a bunt against Davis County.

It was a wild home opener for the Redettes in front of a good crowd as No. 15 (3A) Centerville eventually walked it off in a 8-7 win over Davis County.

The two went back and forth as a four-run seventh inning from the Redettes capped off a game with four lead changes.

Davis County grabbed the lead in the first inning, making Centerville pitcher Alyssa McElvain work early before Bailea Yahnke, who went 4-for-4, drove home her first of three RBIs on the night to give the Lady Mustangs a 1-0 lead.

Yahnke then struck again in the third inning with another RBI double over centerfielder Ysabella Berja’s head to put Centerville down 2-0.

The Redettes had nothing doing their first time through the lineup as Davis County eighth grader Madeline Barker only allowed one hit and one walk while striking out four through three innings.

Centerville finally got to Barker in the fourth inning as they would rally for three runs to take the lead. They had much more patient at-bats, drawing three walks in the inning. Elizabeth Zintz’s walk tied the game at two before Lanie Moorman’s sacrifice fly to left field would score the go-ahead run.

The Lady Mustangs would strike back in the sixth, scoring three runs of their own to regain their two-run lead.

A Davis County error in the bottom of the sixth cut the deficit to one run but after a Moorman single, Berja would get thrown out at the plate trying to score from second to keep the Lady Mustangs in the lead, 5-4.

Davis County would then add a couple of insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning to go up 7-4 with Centerville only having three outs left with the top of the order set to start the inning.

The moment started to get to Davis County eighth grader Madison Dunlavy, who replaced Barker on the rubber in the fifth inning. Mickey Stephens would come across to score first on a McElvain single to right field. Taylor Shinn would then score on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one.

With the bases loaded and one out, Zintz had a quick conference with coach Merle Jones, who gave Zintz words of encouragement heading into a pivotal at-bat. With two strikes, Zintz would hit one hard pass the shortstop for a RBI single to tie the game at seven.

The runners would go station to station, bringing up Berja with a chance to win it for the Redettes. Berja would take four straight balls to draw the walk-off walk and give Centerville the 8-7 comeback win.

McElvain got the win for Centerville, battling through seven innings while giving up seven runs with one walk and seven strikeouts.

No. 15 (3A) Centerville (2-0) host their annual home tournament on Saturday at 10 a.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