CENTERVILLE, Ind. – Centerville baseball coach Tracey Crull recalls Devin Christian starting the season on a hot streak before cooling down.
The junior outfielder had a pretty hot day during Centerville’s 10-0 six-inning victory over Tri-Eastern Conference foe Union City Thursday.
Christian started the day with two nice catches in right field, then went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and scored a run to lead the Bulldog offense.
His last hit came in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Andrew Walter and Ricky Torres to put the run rule in effect and send the Indians home early.
“Devin started the season out just really, really hot and he’s been working in the cage a lot,” Crull said. “We’ve been working with him on tweaking a few things and talking to him every time he was up there and he did a nice job out there.”
Sam Shaw went the distance on the mound in what Crull said was his first varsity start of the season, and to his recollection, his first varsity start ever.
After retiring the Indians in order the first time through the lineup, Shaw gave up his first hit in the fourth, a two-out single to Union City pitcher Bailey Hughes.
Shaw struck out six over six innings, walking two and allowing four hits.
He was 1-for-3 at the plate as the Bulldog offense strung together 11 hits.
Walter had two hits and three stolen bases, while Matt Stamper had a double, two RBIs and stole two bags.
Nolan Witte, Justyn North, Torres and Blake Shook each also had a hit, while Torres and Shook had an RBI and Torres a stolen base.
Centerville (8-6, 2-1) was ranked 11th in the last Class 2A state poll.
“Rankings are for the fans, the boys and the coaches know that it doesn’t mean a whole lot,” Crull said. “It’s fun for the fans to see it, we haven’t played like we belong there the last couple weeks, so hopefully we start playing a little better ball like we did tonight.”
Zach Bradbury, Hughes, Tyler Lacy and Trevor Spence had hits for the Indians (2-6, 1-3) while Hughes struck out seven.
The Indians started three freshman in Bill Bradbury’s first year as head coach.
“I think the way it’s been this year, we always give up a couple big innings, and that will get any team,” he said.
“Centerville’s a really good team, they executed fundamentally all night long. We had a lot of good shots early on at their fielder’s where some teams would be making errors and they were making nice plays, so hats off to them, they earned this win, but at the same time, we didn’t play to the best of our ability.”
Union City 000 000 — 0 4 2
Centerville 053 002 — 10 11 0
Batteries– UC: Hughes (LP), Cross (6) and Lacy; CEN: Shaw (WP) and Willis. 2B– CEN: Stamper. LOB– UC: 5; CEN: 10.