Sixth-seeded Centerville scored three runs on five hits in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie and upset Estherville-Lincoln Central 6-3 in the 2A quarterfinals Monday evening at Principal Park.
It was a back-and-forth battle with three lead changes before Centerville’s Tyson Belloma notched his second hit with a two-run triple to seal the go-ahead run. Big Reds Merrick Mathews and starting pitcher Daniel Hargrave also registered multi-hit nights, with third baseman McCain Oden collecting a 3-for-4 day with two RBIs.
After a scoreless first frame, ELC struck first off the bat of Trey Jacobson to score Blake Miller, who singled to get on base. Miller would later rope an RBI single in the third to tie the game at 3-3, after Centerville collected its three runs in the top-half of the frame.
Miller’s RBI single was all ELC could manufacture after the third, as Hargrave threw six frames, surrendering one earned run on six hits. Brady Kauzlarich entered in the seventh to close out the win and notch the save, as he twirled one frame of scoreless baseball.
ELC’s Evan Olesen took the loss after 6.1 and giving up six earned runs on 12 hits with two walks and strikeouts apiece.
It was a rematch of a quarterfinal game last year, also won by Centerville.
The Big Reds advance at 25-7. ELC ends at 25-4.