CENTERVILLE — As the Centerville Big Reds swept the Ft. Madison Bloodhounds in non-conference action on Friday, long-time Centerville head coach Bill Huisman endured a surprise retirement party to commemorate his final regular season home game as the Big Reds’ head coach.
Huisman, who plans to retire at the end of this season after a 38 year career, was honored with a commemorative plaque presented by the team in between games on Friday. His jersey, No. 27, was also presented to him as it will be officially retired at the end of the season as well.
Many former players, as well his Huisman’s family, were in attendance for the surprise ceremony.
The ceremony was bookended by two run-away victories by the Big Reds. They took game one by a 13-3 score before winning the nightcap 11-1.
Centerville’s Payton Kauzlarich helped open the series with a lead-off triple in the first inning. A sacrifice fly by Kolton Gonnerman would score P. Kauzlarich to give Centerville a 1-0 lead after the first inning of the series opener.
The Big Reds opened the floodgates in the second inning, recording a total of nine runs to jump ahead 10-0.
Centerville recorded three triples in the inning. Starcevich scored two-runs in the inning while Grant Walker, Gonnerman, Michael Firkins, Brett Kauzlarich, Jared Armington, Hunter Cowan and Treye Rinehart each recorded one run in the inning.
Ft. Madison scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to save the game from being ended early via the 10-run mercy rule.
The Bloodhounds weren’t able to savor the game much longer, however. The Reds recorded six runs in the bottom of the sixth, giving them a 10-run lead.
In the sixth, Walker led off with a triple. He would score on a triple by Gonnerman in the next at-bat. Gonnerman would score on an error to give the Reds a 12-3 lead.