Who: Centerville (14-14) vs PCM (9-18)
What: Class 3A - Region Three - Quarterfinal
When: Wednesday, July 10 at 7 p.m.
These two last met in 2016 at the Eddyville Tournament. Centerville took that game 5-3 behind Lexi Riggall’s home run and three RBI effort. Libby Sebolt got the win after giving up three runs, one earned, on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings of work. Taylor Shinn, then an eighth grader, was the only current Redette to play in that game.
One key player for Centerville
Alyssa McElvain hasn’t had the season she has hoped for at the plate. The junior is batting .235 with 11 RBIs compared to the last two seasons where she hit .481 with 38 RBIs and .455 with four home runs and 37 RBIs. McElvain has been at the plate in big moments this season but the bat just hasn’t gotten going for her. In the postseason she will need to rekindle some of that success from the past couple of seasons to help herself in the circle. Speaking of which, has been great there again this year, brining a 2.70 ERA and a 14-11 record with 139 strikeouts against just 16 walks in 155 1/3 innings. She is going to throw strikes and will get her fair share of strikeouts and has proved to be very reliable if the defense is strong behind her.
Keys for Centerville
The defense needs to be good and the veterans need to show their experience. PCM is a super young team that features five eighth grade starters with just two seniors. Their starting pitcher and leading hitter, Paige Steenhoek (.333 batting average, 8-16 with 3.72 ERA), is an eighth grader. Centerville’s veterans that have a few years of varsity softball under their belt need to take charge in this game and show the others how to execute in postseason play, especially at home. The Redette bats haven’t gone off on many occasions this year and their 73 errors on defense was second-most in the conference this year. Hitting and scoring early as well as limiting defense mistakes will be the things to watch for Centerville. A year ago a 20-win Centerville team lost to a one-win Chariton team at home. Upsets can happen and Centerville needs to be locked in to make sure it doesn’t happen again in back to back years.