CENTERVILLE, Ind. – Centerville High School debuted its new baseball scoreboard on Saturday, and the Bulldogs put it to good use.
The Bulldogs opened the season in impressive fashion, scoring 42 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Seton Catholic.
“I think, definitely this hitting, if not better, and we’ll be working on our fielding and hopefully we’ll be a lot more solid all around,” said Centerville junior Andrew Walter, who was 2-for-4 with a triple, four RBIs and scored three runs.
The Bulldogs handled Seton 19-6 in the season opener, before topping that with a 23-1 victory in Game 2.
Devin Christian was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI and scored four runs. Nolan Witte, Ricky Torres, Justyn North and Blake Shook each had three hits. Matt Stamper, Walter and Logan Moistner each had two, and Sam Shaw and Josh Morgan each had one.
Witte, Torres, Stamper, Moistner and Morgan each had three RBIs; North had two and Shook one; North and Stamper each scored six runs, Witte and Shaw scored five; Shook scored four; Morgan and Torres scored three and Moistner two.
“It’s the first game of the year. We just want to get outside, and we were thankful to have a nice day and have the field ready to play,” Centerville coach Tracey Crull said. “I think all in all the boys played pretty well. We’ve got some things we can work on defensively. First game was a little rusty, but … I’m just happy to get out here and play somebody other than ourselves and just see what we’ve got.”
The Bulldogs have a trip to Monroe Central scheduled for today, while Seton looks to improve from Saturday’s defeats in preparation for Tuesday’s trip to Hagerstown. The Cardinals are young, but head coach Jake Carr looked at the positives.
The Cardinals led in the first game, just let a few things snowball, and when the Bulldogs started to pull away, Seton kept the run rule at bay.
Still, it was evident they have things to work on.
“We were just going through the book and stuff, and we had 17 unearned runs in the first game,” he said. “You can’t ever give up 17 runs, but just errors.”
Hagerstown is 0-1 after last Tuesday’s loss to Richmond, and Lincoln opened with a win over Oldenburg Academy on Saturday.
Hagerstown coach Brad Catey, too, focused on the positives.
“Our pitchers threw lots of strikes, threw more strikes than balls. I think we only walked three, maybe four,” Catey said. “They (Richmond) just put together a nice string of hits. The one thing that we talked about is we’ve got to be more aggressive at the plate.”
THIS WEEK’S BASEBALL GAMES
Centerville at Monroe Central
Union County at Connersville
Randolph Southern at Mississinawa Valley
Tri-Village at Milton Union
Connersville at Richmond
Northeastern at Union City
Seton Catholic at Hagerstown
Lincoln at Blue River
South Adams at Winchester
National Trail at Valley View
Tri-Village at Miami East
Seton Catholic at Blue River
Shenandoah at Centerville
Wapahani at Randolph Southern
Eaton at Brookville
Yorktown at Richmond
Northeastern at Shenandoah
Hagerstown at Wapahani
Lincoln at North Decatur
Rushville at Union County
Union City at Randolph Southern
National Trail at Tri-Village
National Trail at Seton Catholic
Tri-Village at Xenia Christian (DH)
Richmond at Marion (DH)
Talawanda at Northeastern (DH)
Cowan at Hagerstown (DH)
Monroe Central at Lincoln
Centerville at Randolph Southern (DH)
Winchester at Union County (DH)
Union City at Daleville