The Ottumwa Courier


June 18, 2014

Big Reds split with Burlington

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville Big Reds split with the Burlington Grayhounds in a high-scoring affair on Tuesday at Pat Daugherty Field. A total of 33 runs came across the plate in a combined 15 innings of baseball.

The Reds took game one in eight innings, with a 7-6 victory. The Grayhounds responded in the nightcap, winning an even wilder affair 11-9.

Burlington took a quick 2-0 lead after one inning of play in game one. The Reds would tie the game in the bottom of the third. Grant Walker hit a two-out single to reach base. Kolton Gonnerman would belt a two-run home run in the next at-bat to tie the score at 2-2.

The Grayhounds picked up a run in the third and two runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead. A lead-off single by the Big Reds’ Hunter Cowan would turn into a run in the bottom of the fifth. Cowan was batted in by Gonnerman, who would pick up a two-out single in the inning to bring the score to 5-3.

Burlington picked up another run in the sixth to take a 6-3 lead. However, the Big Reds would tie the game with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the sixth.

Starcevich drew a lead-off walk and would score when Jared Armington hit a triple. Brett Kauzlarich drew another walk to put runners at the corners for Centerville. In the next at-bat, Cowan would connect for an RBI single to drive in Armington. Kauzlarich would score on a sacrifice fly-out from Treye Rinehart to tie the game.

After a scoreless seventh inning, they went into extra innings. Burlington had two runners on at one point in the top of the eighth, but Centerville was able to get out of a jam to hold the Greyhounds scoreless.

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