County teams eye title

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Centerville has been putting in some work on its softball diamond.

Some work to clean up its play, too.

The Bulldogs host this year’s Wayne County softball tournament Saturday, and it could be a wide-open field.

Northeastern plays Centerville at 9 a.m., followed by Hagerstown opposite Lincoln in a 10:45 semifinal.

The consolation game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., followed by the championship game at 2.

“I’m glad to be hosting the tournament, we’ve done a lot of work on our field,” Centerville coach Avon Miller said.

His Bulldogs are 2-2 after Thursday’s 13-1 Tri-Eastern Conference victory over Union City. Their other victory came against Northeastern, 11-2.

But the Knights are the reigning county champions, loaded with young talent and they shouldn’t be taken lightly.

A three-game winning streak was snapped Wednesday by TEC power Union County, but not before the Knights put a scare in the defending conference champs.

Northeastern led 7-1 and 11-6 before an eventual 13-11 victory for Union County.

The Knights (3-5, 0-3) defeated Centerville 6-4 in the 2013 county title game after rallying for a 3-2 win over Lincoln in a thrilling semifinal. Lincoln won the title in 2012.

“We played them at their home and Northeastern’s a tough little team,” Miller said. ” … This season, we’re fairly solid. I think our team has a lot of positive attributes and we’re hoping to be able to pull out a conference win this evening and continue a winning streak going this weekend.”

Hagerstown’s Kevin Rogers and Northeastern’s Geoff Williams are both in their first year as head coaches with the respective programs.

“Hagerstown has got some young good players, Cambridge City has some good pitching — the tournament’s basically up for grabs,” Miller said.

Lincoln comes into the tournament after an 8-0 win Thursday at Richmond. This is the first meeting this season between TEC rivals Lincoln and Hagerstown.

“We want to go out and compete,” said Lincoln coach Scott Griffin.

“They’re all TEC conference teams, and that comes into play a little bit. We just want to go out and have fun.”

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