The Centralia Panthers baseball team started is 25th season by winning its home opener 7-4 over the visiting Southern Boone Eagles.
Centralia came from a 0-4 deficit to score three runs in the bottom of the third.
They rolled over the Eagles in fourth, courtesy of a two-run Will Rolfson double which drove Centralia ahead 6-4.
Rolfson started on the mound for Centralia and finished there.
By the end of the fourth Centralia was up 7-4 and stayed on top the rest of the game.
“Grit,” Centralia Coach Michael Rodgers said when asked what made the difference. “Two years ago this team would not have come back like that to win. We fell behind early because of mental mistakes and errors. Today these kids are tougher than they were then and kept right on playing to win.”
Southern Boone Head Coach Brian Ash said he did not know what to expect from Centralia because the two teams had not played each other in 10 years. “We thought we’d have the advantage, this was our fifth game and only their second,” Ash said. “But we finished with two hits and 11 strikeouts, you can’t win games with those numbers.”
Centralia is now 1-1 and Southern Boone, 2-3.
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.