UNDERWOOD, Iowa — Tri-Center bounced back from its first loss of the season in an 11-5 Western Iowa Conference win over Underwood Friday night.

“Those first couple of innings, our guys played with emotion,” Tri-Center coach Max Kozeal said. “You can’t always play with emotion, but it’s nice to have that in big games like this.”

Kaleb Harrison, who entered the game hitting .643, continued his red-hot summer, going 3 for 3 with a triple. Jackson Nelson went 3 for 5 with a triple, and Trevor Nelson went 4 for 4.

Dan Kenealy, who added pair of doubles, allowed two hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.

“We needed to have a comeback win,” Kenealy said, “so I just wanted to go out and compete, with these guys especially, because we didn’t like what happened against Treynor, so we needed to come back and do something.”

On Thursday, Treynor handed Tri-Center its only loss, 17-4.

Kenealy said he felt like his command was iffy, but when he had control of his curveball, it was unhittable. After going down swinging in an at-bat, Underwood’s Landon Nelson told his teammates that it was “one of the best curveballs I’ve ever seen.”

Underwood was held scoreless until after Kenealy left the mound. Then the Eagles started putting the ball in play and taking advantages of Tri-Center’s mistakes to get on the board .

Early on, the team saw Harrison steal a couple of potential hits with strong plays at third base.

“Any other third baseman in the WIC probably doesn’t make those,” Underwood coach Andy VanFossan said.

Tri-Center (10-1, 10-1).......223  031  0—11  16  2

Underwood (13-3, 9-3)........000  122  0— 5  7  6

W: Dan Kenealy. L: Drake Adair. 2B: TC, Kenealy 2, Bryson Freeberg, Trevor Carlson. 3B: TC, Kaleb Harrison, Jackson Nelson

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