The Albia Blue Demons dropped a double header to Centerville at the Monroe County Sports Complex on Wednesday night. They lost the opener 10-3 and came up just short in game two losing 6-3.
Albia started game one strong shutting down the Big Red in the top of the first and then scoring in the bottom half. Nathan Crall singled and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nate Wynn and took third on a passed ball. Ashtin Brand reached on an error scoring Crall.
Centerville responded with five runs in the second inning on a double, a two singles, a walk and a hit batter followed by a Texas Leaguer with two outs that fell between right and the second baseman that scored three runs. Albia picked up a run in the bottom half as Luke Bossard singled, Gage Wilson reached on an error putting Bossard at third. Jaden Hugen grounded out to second that scored Bossard.
After a scoreless third the Big Red sent two across the plate on a walk and three consecutive singles. Centerville added three runs in the sixth on a walk and three singles plus an error. Albia added a run in the bottom of the seventh with consecutive singles by Wilson, Hunter DeMoss, and Hugen.
Eli Smith recorded the loss going one and two third innings allowing five runs on four hits striking out one walking two and hitting one. Edison Goodlow tossed two and a third innings, allowing two runs on three hits, striking out two and walking two. Gaige Rankin threw the fifth, sixth and seventh, allowing three runs on four hits, striking out four and walking one.
The second game of the night had a Blue Demon rally come up just short as freshman Hunter DeMoss turned in an excellent performance on the mound. Centerville edged into the lead with a run in the first inning but Albia used a single by Crall, a passed ball and on RBI single by Wynn to tie the game.
The Big Red responded with a run in the second on a single and an error in the outfield. DeMoss singled in the second to no avail. Albia filled the bases in the third with a single by Eli Smith, and walks to Ashtin Brand and Luke Bossard but all were stranded.
Centerville picked up two runs in the fourth on a walk, a dropped fly ball, an RBI single and a sacrifice fly. Neither team mustered much offense until the bottom of the sixth. Brand led off the at bat with a double, Bossard singled and Wilson doubled to score both Brand and Bossard. After a one out ground ball by DeMoss moved Wilson to third, Barrett Bonnett managed to drive a ground ball that hopped over the pitcher’s head and was thrown out by the second baseman in a controversial call ending the rally.
The Big Red added two runs in the top of the seventh and Albia went down in order in the bottom half.
DeMoss suffered the loss going six and two thirds innings allowing six runs on 11 hits, striking out one and walking two. Gage Wilson came in relief facing two batters allowing one hit.
“It was great watching our guys compete and battle with a great team like Centerville,” said Coach Robbie D’Amato. “I hope we can carry some confidence gained from tonight’s performance into our upcoming games.”
Albia falls to 1-7 on the season and 1-5 in the SCC. Albia traveled to Davis County on Thursday and will host Clarke on Friday.