Tigers’ lose command of pitches in non-league setback


After issuing one walk through the first six innings, Centralia’s baseball team lost the strike zone and gave up six walks in the final two frames plus eight errors proved to be too much to overcome in a 12-10, eight-inning loss to Aberdeen on Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats erased a 7-4 deficit with a four-run top of the seventh, fueled by a two-run double and two bases loaded walks to lead 8-7. Down to their last out, the Tigers (6-8) sent the game to extras on an infield error.

That lead wouldn’t last long with another four runs plated by Aberdeen in the eighth. Another run on a miscue and an RBI single by Kellen Rooklidge brought the winning run to the plate for Centralia, but a strikeout ended the game.

It was a back-and-forth contest all day. The two sides were deadlocked at 1-1, 2-2 and 4-4 before a three-run fifth for the Tigers gave them their largest lead. Cohen Ballard and Landen Jenkins each had two hits while Rooklidge drove in three runs.

Centralia will head to Rochester for an EvCo tussle on Tuesday.