A big 8-4 conference win for Centerville over Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont was paired with a record-breaking performance from Big Red junior McCain Oden.
In the bottom of the fifth, Oden would single to break Centerville’s all-time career hit record with 168. With the hit, Oden passed previous record holders Patrick Harshman and Kyle Kauzlarich, who both had 167 career hits. Centerville still has 14 regular season games plus the playoffs in addition to an additional year for Oden to increase the record.
“Big night for McCain as he became the new career hit leader. I'm really happy for him that he was able to break it at home in front of our great fans. He is a great player but an even better person that is a team leader,” Centerville head coach Ryan Hodges said.
Centerville struck first in the bottom of the first inning on a Merrick Mathews RBI single. Mathews continues to stay hot at the plate as he went 3-for-4 on the night with three RBIs.
A two-RBI double by EBF’s Zach Leonard would give the Rockets a 2-1 lead in the second inning.
The Big Reds would then respond for five runs, all with two outs, in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead. EBF would cut into Centerville’s lead with two runs in the fourth but the Big Reds would get those two runs back in the bottom half of the inning.
Oden and Myles Clawson both had a pair of RBIs for Centerville while Brady Kauzlarich went 2-for-4 with a RBI.
Mathews got the start and would go six innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts. Kauzlarich would take the mound for the seventh inning and close out the game for the Big Reds.
“The guys jumped out early and answered right back when we lost the lead,” Hodges said. “Another great pitching performance and solid defense allowed our offense to relax at the plate and hit with a lead, taking pressure off to allow the guys to take quality swings. We have several guys heating up at the right time and everyone else is staying consistent at the plate.”
With five conference games remaining, Centerville remains undefeated in SCC play and is three games up on Davis County. The Big Reds now prepare for next week, which will feature six games in five days.
“We will get some rest over the weekend to prepare for a long week that will really test us mentally and physically which is good for us this time of year,” Hodges said.
No. 10 Centerville (15-1) will get a couple days off before hosting Mount Pleasant (12-5) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.