The defense blew up in a couple of innings that would end up hurting the Redettes as they fell to Clarke 10-5 on Friday.
Both sides got on the board in the first inning with Clarke opening the scoring with two runs. Centerville responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of errant pitching and defense from the Indians. Centerville would leave the bases loaded but left the first inning with a 3-2 lead.
After a scoreless second inning, Clarke would score in each of the last five innings including four runs in the third.
Clarke’s Emma Bolton settled down nicely in the circle after a rough first inning. The sophomore would retire 12 straight Redettes from the end of the first to the fifth inning, giving the Indians quick innings on defense.
Centerville were able to cut the deficit to 9-5 after six innings with Elizabeth Zintz, who had two RBIs on the night, hitting a RBI ground out and eighth grader Breckyn Carney having her first varsity at-bat be a RBI single.
Clarke added one more run in the seventh before Centerville ended the game by being doubled up on the bases.
Alyssa McElvain, who has pitched every inning for Centerville this year, took the loss after giving up 10 runs, six earned, on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Centerville (8-7) travel to Knoxville (8-9) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.