Centreville blew through Howardsville Christian, 13-1, in Saturday’s Division 4 baseball district semifinals before topping Marcellus, 9-5, in the finals to secure a spot in next weekend’s regional tourney.
On their home field, the Bulldogs jumped all over Howardsville with three runs in the first inning and five in the third. Coletin Gascho went 4 1/3 innings with only three hits and one earned run allowed in the win. He struck out seven and walked two. Andrew Stevens logged the save with 1 2/3 innings. He gave up one hit, struck out two and walked one.
Collin Kirby and Alex Meyer each finished with three singles, Brady Reynolds had two hits (triple), Gascho doubled twice, and Seth Chiddister singled and tripled. Kyzer Bowen (double), Tyler Carpenter, Chad Spence and Chandler Hostetler collected base hits. Reynolds drove in three runs, and Meyer, Gascho and Carpenter recorded two RBI apiece.
Chiddister and Gascho both stole two bases and Meyer swiped one bag.
In the title game, the Bulldogs found themselves down 3-0 through two innings, but they plated three runs in the top of the third to tie things up. Marcellus came right back with a run in the fourth to regain the advantage. Centreville scored four runs in the fifth to pull ahead for good.
Chiddister started and threw 1 2/3 innings. He scattered seven hits, allowed three earned runs, struck out one and walked two. Meyer tossed 3 2/3 innings with three hits and one earned run allowed. He fanned a pair of batters and walked one. Gascho came away with the save after getting two strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings.
Collin Kirby was 3-for-4 with a double, and Meyer, Bowen, Gascho, Stevens (double), Chiddister and Hostetler had hits. Stevens drove in two runs, while Bowen, Reynolds, Gascho and Chiddister had one RBI each. Bowen, Hostetler and Kirby had stolen bases.
The Bulldogs will play host Decatur Saturday at 10 a.m. Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Prep faces St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic in the other semifinals.
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