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    Burleson’s third baseman Jacob Amdor tags out Centennial’s Ethan Diaz during the Elks’ 6-0 District home loss to the Spartans Tuesday night. BURLESON STAR/ANGELIQUE HAYS

Spartans blank Elks

Burleson baseball coach Daniel Bruce found a silver lining in a 6-0 District 5-5A home loss to arch-rival Centennial Tuesday night.

The silver lining came in the form of a change in scheduling in 5-5A that set up two-game series each week.

“That’s the really good thing about the series deal is that we don’t have to sit on this for too long,” Bruce said. “We have a redemption chance on Friday instead of three weeks from now.”

Tuesday night, the Elks found themselves behind the eight-ball after Centennial scored four runs in the top of the second inning.

Four run leads aren’t always safe but with Centennial senior Jacob Meador on the mound, Burleson faced an uphill battle.

Meador was masterful Tuesday night tossing a complete-game, one-hit shutout in what will probably be his final pitching performance against the Elks. The senior struck out 15 and walked two.

“Jacob’s a competitor and he makes it easy to coach a game,” Centennial coach Brian Tickell said. “He was dominant once again. We played solid defense behind Jacob.”

Bruce said he thought his players competed well at the plate against Meador.

“Once you get behind in the count, it’s hard to hit that curveball,” Bruce said. “Jacob pitched a great game. You have to give him credit, he’s done what he has done all year. All the respect to him.”

The win kept Centennial (13-9, 6-1) in a tie for first place with Mansfield Legacy. The loss dropped Burleson (16-4-1, 5-2) into a tie for third place with Granbury. The two squads play again Friday at Centennial. Tuesday, the Spartans host Crowley and Burleson plays at Everman.

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