ALBIA — Another battle with Albia, another close lose for Centerville as they fell short of a seventh-inning comeback to lose 2-1 to Albia on Wednesday. It was the Redettes’ seventh straight loss to the Lady Dees dating back to 2015 and the third loss by one run over that stretch.
Centerville missed out on a handful of chances to get out to an early lead, leaving the bases loaded in each of the first two innings with three outs coming at the plate and another coming from runner interference.
Albia would score their first run in the third inning on a Alex Beard sacrifice fly. The Lady Dees were very consistent all night having one hit and leaving one on in each of the first five innings.
After escaping the first two innings, Albia’s Jena Lawrence got into a groove in the circle retiring 10 of the next 11 Redette batters.
Finally when the Redettes would get to Lawrence in the sixth, Centerville would strand two runners on with a chance to tie or take the lead.
In the top of the seventh, a harmless Albia single turned into trouble as a Centerville error would put that runner on third with nobody out. Lawrence would then help her own cause as she would then ground out to second to score the run and give Albia a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.
Centerville would get that run back on a Claire Mathews sacrifice fly, scoring Teghan Maxwell from third. Taylor Shinn also tagged up on the play, advancing to third with two outs.
That brought Alyssa McElvain to the plate with the tying run on third. McElvain would get a hold of one and send it deep to centerfield where a retreating Danica Workman would track down the fly ball as Centerville would once again fall short to Albia.
McElvain battled on the mound and would have to take the loss after pitching all six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on six hits with four strikeouts.
No. 12 Centerville (5-4) return home on Thursday to battle another South Central Conference foe in Chariton (1-7).