After scratching and clawing their way through its' 2019 regular season varsity baseball schedule, which included its' annually daunting challenge to tray and capture the Clarence Cannon Conference championship, Centralia geared up to commence the postseason last Friday at Southern Boone.

Staring back at the fifth-seeded Panthers, 11-5 overall, on the other side of this Class 4, District 9, match-up was fourth-seed Marshall, 15-8 overall, a squad that saw plenty of heated action prior to this competing in the North Central Missouri Conference. League play only means so much come playoff time, though. This is when champions are made and even though both sides put in plenty of work to prepare for this moment, it was the Owls that were able to get the better of Centralia 8-1.

In the other opening round contests of this district last Friday second-seed Boonville, 15-8 overall, played seventh-seeded Moberly, 6-13 overall, and the number-three host Eagles, 17-7 overall, faced number-six Fulton, 9-14 overall according to the Missouri State High School Activities Association. The winners of those games then faced of Monday and Marshall took on top-seeded Helias, 19-4 overall, yesterday, as well. The championship will now be decided today at 5:00 p.m.

Also, the Panthers ended the regular season last Thursday by defeating Montgomery County 15-6 according to the Missouri State High School Athletic Association Website.