By Courier Sports Staff
---- — ALBIA – The Centerville baseball team picked up two big victories over South Central Conference opponent Albia Friday.
In the continuation of a game that was suspended on June 3 before the third inning, the Big Reds squeaked by Albia 3-2 before they duplicated this act in the nightcap with another 3-2 victory.
Michael Starcevich turned in a superb pitching outing for Centerville in the top half of the doubleheader, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out 10 batters. Michael Firkins, Jared Armington and Treye Rinehart accounted for the Big Reds three RBI's.
Bryce Leshen provided Ottumwa's offense with much of its pop, going 2-for-3, and his brother, Brett Leshen, was the source of Albia's other hit. Blue Demon pitcher Victor Sanders took the loss, allowing three runs, two of them earned; on five hits while striking out four.
Centerville used a three-run seventh-inning to steal the victory in the nightcap.
Kolton Gonnerman went 2-for-3 with a double and Hunter Cowan also supplied the Big Reds with two hits.
Gonnerman pitched four and two-thirds innings for the Big Reds before he was replaced by Jared Armington, who got the official win. Armington allowed no earned runs and struck out four in two and a third innings.
"We were forunate to get out of there with two wins," Centerville coach Bill Huisman said, "especially that second game. We did a good job of rallying from behind."
Centerville (10-5, 6-0) plays host to South Central Conference opponent Chariton Monday in a doubleheader. Meanwhile, Albia (5-6) plays a doubleheader at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Monday in South Central Conference action.
Centerville 3, Albia 2
Cent 010 011 0 — 3 50
Albi 101 000 0 — 2 3 2
Centerville battery — Michael Starcevich (W, 2-1) (7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 10 K, 7BB), Grant Walker-Michael Firkins catching.
Hits —Walker 1-for-4, Brett Kauzlarich 1-for-3, Kolton Gonnerman 1-for-2, Payton Kauzlarich 1-for-1, Armington 1-for-3.
RBI — Firkins, Armington, Rinehart. Runs — Starcevich, P. Kauzlarich, Tommy Mattly.
Albia battery — Victor Sanders (L) (7IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 4K, 1BB).
Hits — Brett Leshen 1-for-3, Bryce Leshen 2-for-3.
RBI — Zach Hugen, Griffin Osing. Runs — Hugh Sinclair, Brett Leshen.
Centerville 3, Albia 2
Cent 000 000 3 — 3 7 1
Albi 100 100 0 — 2 4 2
Centerville battery — Gonnerman (4 2/3 IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 6K, 2BB), Jared Armington (W) (2 1/3 IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 4K, 2BB) Firkins catching.
2B — Gonnerman.
Hits —B. Kauzlarich 1-for-2, Gonnerman 2-for-3, Starcevich 1-for-3, P. Kauzlarich 1-for-4, Hunter Cowan 2-for-3.
RBI — P. Kauzlarich. Runs — B. Kauzlarich, Cowan, Treye Rinehart.