When two panthers clash, one loses, or at least that is what an old Korean adage held.
Tuesday afternoon at Centralia’s North Field, the Centralia Panthers hosted
the Monroe City Panthers for some Clarence Cannon Conference baseball and Centralia shut out the visitors 8-0 in six and a half innings.
Centralia is now 9-2 and Monroe City, 3-8.
“We had seven or eight errors and maybe two hits,” said Monroe City Head Coach Derek Vanlandingham afterward. “We can’t win games that way.”
Monroe City threw two pitchers at Centralia, Konnor Bridgewater a junior left-hander and Michael Pollitt, a senior right hander. “Our pitchers did well, we just didn’t have any defense behind them,” Vanlandingham said.
Centralia scored early and steadily piled on runs throughout the game. By the end of the first, they were up 3-0, courtesy of runs scored by Jared Holiman, who stole second, third and home, followed by Brett Jones and Will Rolfson who also got on the board.
Holman did the exact same thing in the fourth to make it 4-0 Centralia.
“Jared Holiman had a great day at the plate, I think he made base every time,” Centralia Head Coach Michael Rodgers said when asked what about the game put a smile on his face.
In the bottom of the third Caden Vanskike scored, making it 5-0. Then in the
fourth, Holiman and Jones scored again to make it 7-0.
Rolfson rounded it off in the seventh by driving in Holiman with a sacrifice line drive to right field to make it 8-0, Centralia.
“Once again this was a game where our pitchers all worked together,” Rodgers said. “We showed a lot of different arms tonight. They all did exactly what we wanted them to do. Jared Holiman threw strikes, Ben Schmidt came in for a couple good innings. Then Jackson Wells came in and closed. They all pitched strikes, stayed in the zone and went right after the hitters… Ben Schmidt has a fantastic curve ball.”
He said he had split up the pitching because of three big games later this week.
Thursday, Centralia plays state-ranked Palmyra on the road. Saturday they host California at noon and Father Tolton at 2 p.m., both at the North Field.