By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support local journalism.
Walk-off win
Centertown beats Temple
Placeholder Image

Men’s Church League softball only featured one game Monday night, but it was an instant classic.
Centertown won an extra-inning thriller in the bottom of the eighth inning as Cody Young delivered the game-winning hit in a 21-20 contest.
Monday’s game at Warren County Fairgrounds was played due to a rain-out last Thursday and the four-day wait was worth it when Temple and Centertown took the field. The teams battled back and forth, with Temple erasing a double-digit deficit before falling in extra innings.
Centertown took a commanding lead in the third behind an eight-run inning. Daniel Wilson, Kyle Fisher, Josh Winfree and Matt Wilson hit four straight RBI doubles as Centertown went from trailing by three to leading 11-6 after three innings.
Temple, which scored five runs in the top of the first, went dry for the second straight inning when the team failed to score in the fourth. The dry spell allowed Centertown to extend its lead to 10 in the bottom of the fourth as Marty Powers completed a five-run surge by floating a two-run single over third base to push Centertown ahead 16-6.
Temple needed a run in the top of the fifth to extend the game and Randal Harrell came through in the clutch. Harrell blasted a three-run home run into the road, capping a five-run inning that cut the Centertown lead in half.
Centertown scored one run in the bottom of the fifth as Jordan Powers came around on a single by Zach Fisher, but Temple would continue its comeback in the sixth inning.
Brandon McGee’s bases-loaded, two-out double was the catalyst as Temple scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at 17. Coty Grissom, Zack York and Jason Davenport added run-scoring singles to help Temple.
Centertown went into the seventh inning with a lead as Marty Powers painted the right-field line to score Winfree in the sixth, but the game would need extra innings to determine a winner.
After Dean Blankenship singled to start the seventh inning, Jeff Simmons hit a two-run home run to give Temple its first lead since the third inning at 19-18. Centertown would respond with an RBI single by Kevin Miller in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
In the eighth, Temple managed to scratch a run across as Harrell doubled and scored on a single by Grissom. It wouldn’t be enough though as Centertown wouldn’t make an out as it ended the game in walk-off fashion.
Kyle Fisher started the eighth inning with a single, then advanced on a single by Winfree. Matt Wilson came through with the tying single, making it 20-20. Marty Powers, who was 4-for-4 for Centertown, was issued a free pass to load the bases in hopes of a force out.
Young wouldn’t take the bait from Temple though. Young laced a single down the left-field line, giving Winfree plenty of time to stroll home for the game-winning run.
It was the perfect time for Young’s first hit, which proved to be the biggest one for Centertown. Zack Fisher and Matt Wilson finished with five hits each. Marty Powers, Kyle Fisher and Winfree had four hits apiece. Thomas Mullins added a two-run home run in the first inning.
York, Blankenship and Simmons each had four hits for Temple. Harrell had three hits, including his fourth home run this season in the fifth inning.
Monday’s game was the lone rain-out from last Thursday, when two other men’s games were played. Both Thursday games also were walk-off wins as Locust Street beat Pine Bluff 17-16 and First Baptist edged Westwood 23-22.
Ronnie Believe was the hero for Locust Street as his two-out, game-winning single gave his team the victory in the sixth inning. Tom Wells, Lucas Young and Justin Green finished with three hits apiece for Locust Street while Kyle Rutledge and Calvin Hammond led Pine Bluff with three hits each.
Caleb Northcutt continued the trend of game-winning hits when his double scored Andy Southard to give First Baptist a win over Westwood. It was part of a four-hit night for Northcutt, which included a grand slam in the fourth inning. Josh Mullins and Aaron Miller also had four hits for First Baptist.
Mark Harvey’s four-hit night for Westwood featured a solo blast in the fifth inning. Devin Mason added four hits for Westwood.
The Church League regular season will conclude Thursday night with six games. The tournament is set to start Tuesday, July 30.