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July 4, 2013

Mustangs and Big Reds split two tight ones

BLOOMFIELD — Neither Davis County nor Centerville looked to split games in their SCC baseball doubleheader last Tuesday night in Bloomfield, but that's what they had to settle for.

Centerville won the opener 3-2, but the Mustangs won game two 5-3.

A close, low-scoring , well played game — like game one — usually is controlled by the starting pitching. Levi Sebolt didn't allow an earned run in his six innings of work for Centerville.

Mustang Connor Young, the hard-luck loser, surrendered three first-inning runs, only one of them earned, but was nearly untouchable the rest of the way for the Mustangs. Centerville scored all three of their game one runs in the top of the first. JD McDaniel started the rally with a two-out single. Michael Starcevich singled after a walk. The first Centerville run scored on a Mustang error. Colton Gonnerman followed with a two RBI single for the early game winner.

"I didn't expect that to be the game winner," said Gonnerman. "We were looking to get more because we usually need five or six to win."

After the first, Young faced the minimum number of hitters over the next four innings — At one point, he retired nine Big Red batters in a row.

"We didn't do a very good job of carrying on our early momentum," said Centerville coach Bill Huisman.

Sebolt and the Big Reds dodged some bullets as they maintained the 3-0 lead through the fifth. The Mustangs stranded seven baserunners in the five innings.

"We've been hitting the ball better lately" said Davis County coach Todd White. "Getting the timely hit has been a problem at times."

Davis County finally got on the board with a single run in the sixth. Matt Hopkins led off the inning with his third hit. He would score on a Centerville error. Young started his final inning by striking out the first two Big Reds. After issuing a walk and a two-out hit, he picked up his eighth strikeout to end the top of the seventh.

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