The Ottumwa Courier


July 16, 2014

Seventh-ranked Big Reds shut out Roosevelt

DES MOINES — The seventh-ranked (3A) Centerville baseball team closed out its majestic regular season in impressive fashion, shutting out Class 4A opponent Des Moines Roosevelt 7-0 Tuesday.

Starting pitcher Michael Starcevich got the win on the mound for the Big Reds. He allowed two hits while striking out five and issuing one walk. Grant Walker and Jared Armington tossed the final three innings for the Big Reds.

"Starcevich, Brett Kauzlarich and Armington all really looked good on the mound," Centerville coach Bill Huisman said.

The Big Reds offensive attack could accurately be described as a collective effort with no batter recording more than one hit. Walker blasted a double and drove in two runs and Michael Firkins and Hunter Cowan each had a double.

No. 7 Centerville (28-7, 19-0) plays host to South Central Conference rival Chariton in the first round of the Class 3A, District 12 tournament at 7 p.m. Friday. If the Big Reds are victorious, they will remain at home for the district championship at 7 p.m. Monday.

Fifth-ranked Trojans sweep Osky

FAIRFIELD – Micah Harris came on to pitch and gave himself a victory in relief in game two of fifth-ranked (3A) Fairfield’s baseball doubleheader with Oskaloosa on Tuesday. Harris overcame a shaky start, allowing two runs in the fifth inning, to rally the Trojans with a hit and three runs driven in the Trojans completed a sweep of the Indians with a 7-5 win in the nightcap after a 3-0 shutout in game one.

Cameron Baumann and Austin Gridley combined to throw a four-hit shutout for Fairfield in game one. Gridley also connected on his 11th home run of the season, driving in two runs while scoring two more in game one.

T.J. Boyle took the loss on the hill in game one for Oskaloosa despite going the distance while delivering a double in the opener. Colton Swanson delivered two hits, including a double, and drove in a run while scoring one more as the Indians opened a 5-2 lead in the fifth.

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