Centennial's Pruitt baffles Elks hitters
The Black and Blue bat, which is exchanged between Centennial and Burleson’s baseball team’s, was present in Centennial’s dugout Friday night.
The bat stayed in the Spartans possession for the ninth consecutive time thanks to the pitching of David Pruitt as Centennial downed the Elks, 8-3, in a District 9-5A game at Burleson.
Centennial (5-12, 3-1) is 9-1 in games against its crosstown rival. The Elks (10-8, 2-2) only win over the Spartans came in the first meeting in the series on April 4, 2013.
“David went out and was really good tonight,” Centennial coach Brad Hart said. “He starts the seventh inning with a low pitch count because he was very efficient early in the game. He struggled a bit early with command on his breaking ball but he was able to find that. He did a great job.”
Pruitt scattered six hits over 6.2 innings of work. He allowed three runs (two earned), fanned six and walked one.
The senior counted on his breaking ball to overpower the Elks at times Friday night. After giving up two runs in the third that allowed Burleson to cut the Spartans lead to 5-1, Pruitt’s breaking pitch started working.
“About the fourth inning my breaking ball started clicking,” Pruitt said. “That’s when it usually starts working for me. It feels great to beat them. It’s always great beating Burleson.”
Leading 1-0 thanks to an RBI-single by Miguel Santos in the first inning, the Spartans tallied four runs in the third inning asCentennial got to Burleson starter Blake Myers.
Santos doubled to open the inning and scored on Trevor Gowin’s single. With two-out and two runners on, an error by Elks’ left fielder allowed Ethan Diaz to score. The Spartans added two more runs on an error off the bat of Zavier Fuller.
“We had big errors with runners in scoring position,” Burleson coach Daniel Bruce said. “You can’t do that against good teams. We had a chance tonight even after the four-run inning. Momentum changes quick with teenagers.”
Burleson fought back in the bottom of the third inning plating two runs to cut the advantage to 5-2.
Nik Bengchea reached base to open the inning by getting hit by a pitch. With one out, Kayden Cassidy moved Bengochea to second with a single to left field. Colton McCallum followed with a two-run double to left field. Pruitt bounced back with a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning.
The Spartans went up 6-2 in the third inning on a wild pitch that scored Santos. Centennial pushed the lead to 8-2 on Gabe Irwin’s two-run double that scored Evan and Fuller, who had walked.
“I thought we were pretty competitive at the plate. We hit the ball hard several times tonight,” Hart said. “I thought our approach at the plate gave us a chance.”
In the seventh inning, the Elks chased Pruitt from the game.
Trey Lopez started the seventh with a pinch-hit double. With two-out, Cassidy walked and McCallum singled home a run. With runners at first and second, Riley Boyett relieved Pruitt and got Christian Hallack to ground out to end the game.
Myers worked 3.1 innings for the Elks allowing six runs (three earned) on five hits while walking two. Cameron Hauch tossed the last 3.2 innings. Hauch gave up two runs on one hit. He struck out six and walked three.
Tuesday night games delayed by rain
Rain postponed Burleson and Centennial’s Tuesday night 9-5A games.
Both games were slated to be played Wednesday night. Burleson lost to Cleburne, the state’s top-ranked team in Class 5A in the most recent Texas Association of Baseball Coaches Poll, 6-1.
The Elks host Arlington Seguin tonight to end the first half of 9-5A play. Tuesday, Burleson hosts Crowley.
The Spartans play tonight at Joshua. Centennial's home game with Granbury will take place Friday at 7 p.m. Centennial hosts Everman Tuesday.
Spartans beat Boswell Saturday
The Spartans built a 6-1 lead in a non-district game at Saginaw Boswell Saturday then held on for a 6-5 victory.
Centennial used five pitchers to limit the Pioneers to three hits and five runs (one earned). They combined to strike out seven and walked seven. Matthew Tate, Seth Delarosa, Brayden Freeman, Colby Stacy and Boyett took the mound for Centennial. Tate and Delarosa worked two innings while the others each tossed an inning.
The Spartans scored three runs each in the second and fourth innings.
In the second inning, Delarosa walked with one out and Zavier Fuller followed with a single. Brock Beadunah put the Spartans up 1-0 with a run-scoring single to center. Santos brought home a run with a ground out and Gowin put Centennial up 3-0 with an RBI-single to left field.
The Spartans added three runs in the fourth to go up, 6-1. Centennial opened the inning with back-to-back hits by Beadunah and Santos. Following a sacrifice bunt by Gowin, Jacob Meador singled home Beadunah. With two out, Santos stole home for a 5-1 lead and Prescher singled in Meador for the Spartans’ sixth run.