CENTERVILLE — The South Central Conference baseball championship race was a season-long battle last summer with three teams still alive for the conference crown entering July.
Centerville is turning this summer’s race into a runaway so far midway through June. Kolton Gonnerman homered and pitched five solid innings for the Big Reds, which overcame opening-inning runs by Albia in both games Thursday to earn another SCC sweep with a 6-2 win in game two after earning a 7-1 win over the Blue Demons in the opener. The wins made Centerville 10-0 in SCC play so far this season.
Payton Kauzlarich added his second extra-base hit of the doubleheader in game two with a triple that highlighted a three-hit, three-run nightcap for the Big Reds. Michael Firkins added a double and drove in two runs in game two after scoring twice in the opener.
Griffin Osing had four hits in the two games against Centerville, including three in game two. Jacob Lenger also doubled, drove in a run and scored the other as Albia opened both games against the Big Reds with first-inning runs.
Centerville (15-6, 10-0) will look to continue its perfect run through the SCC with a varsity doubleheader at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Tuesday. Albia (7-13, 4-8) will look to bounce back in the conference on Monday in Bloomfield with a doubleheader at Davis County.
Mustangs edge Central Lee
DONNELLSON — After going six innings without scoring a run on Friday at Central Lee, the Davis County baseball team used two tiebreaking seventh-inning runs to score a non-conference win. Back-to-back bases-loaded walks with two outs allowed the Mustangs to snap a scoreless game-one tie in the top of the seventh as Davis County scored a 2-0 win over the Hawks.
Saban Goodson nailed down the win, getting a strike out with the tying run at second and one out. After hitting a batter to load the bases with two outs, Goodson narrowly retired speedy leadoff hitter Matt Durr on a groundout to seal the victory.