CENTERVILLE — The Shenandoah High School baseball team took on Class 2A No. 6 tourney-host Centerville in Monday night’s championship game of Sectional 41, and three unearned runs were the difference in the contest.
The Bulldogs scored once in the bottom of the fourth inning and twice in the last of the fifth and held on for a 3-0 victory over the Raiders.
Centerville improved to 23-5 for the season and will play university in this Saturday’s first semifinal game of the 2A regional at Cascade High School.
Shenandoah saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end and bowed out of the tournament with an 18-12 record.
“You really can’t ask more of our pitchers Kaden McCollough and Dylan McDaniel,” Shenandoah Head Coach Ryan Painter said afterward. “We allowed no earned runs against the No. 6 team in the state. They’re (Bulldogs) a very good team, could go far in the tournament, and I wish them luck.”
Centerville’s runs were scored by Jacob Crowe, Zach Thompson, and Keegen Schlotterbeck. Thompspon had two hits and two RBI, Jamari Pamplin had a hit and RBI, and Bryce Robertson and Javontae Pamplin had the other two Bulldog hits.
Wyatt Lowder had two hits for Shenandoah and Connor White had one.
Senior Cameron Newman got the win on the mound for Centerville, as he yielded just the three hits and three walks while striking out eight Raider batters over six innings of work.
Sophomore Alex Wandersee tossed one inning of relief for the Bulldogs, giving up nothing and striking out one.
McCollough started on the mound for Shenandoah and gave up three hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings while striking out one.
McDaniel hurled the final 2 2/3 innings for the Raiders and gave up two hits, walked no one, and struck out four Centerville batters.
“We had quite a turnaround this season,” Painter noted. “We started 2-8 and then won 16 of our next 19 games coming into tonight. We felt we could win this sectional, but we couldn’t get the hits with runners in scoring position tonight to do so.”
Shenandoah bids goodbye to seniors McCollough, Lowder, Cole Hughes, Tanner Goff, Blake Surface, Michael Howard, and Ben Acra.
“We’ll really miss those seven seniors who were a big part of our success this season,” Painter added. “We have a group of good, younger players who got a taste of this experience, and we hope that makes them hungry to improve and come back so we can go farther next season.”