CENTERVILLE — Austin Peterson kept a fantastic summer going right in the postseason, going 3-4 at the plate with a pair of RBI and a pair of runs as seventh-ranked Chariton got its postseason off to a fantastic start Friday with a six-inning, 10-0 shutout of Keokuk in the Class 3A, District 7 baseball semifinals.
Peterson had the first run-producing hit, driving in Austin Ridenour with an RBI single in the opening inning. It would start the first of three two-run innings for the Chargers, who steadily opened a commanding lead while Alex Wright made it more than stand up.
Wright, who drove in three runs and scored two of his own for Chariton, pitched around occasional trouble on the way to pitching a five-hit shutout. Wright moved to 6-0 on the hill for the Chargers, who put the game with a four-run sixth capped by T.J. Hockenson's two-run triple to dead center.
The loss ends Keokuk's season at 11-25. No. 7 Chariton (33-5) will return to Pat Daugherty Field in Centerville to play in the Class 3A, District 7 title game on Monday night at 7 p.m