Centennial baseball duo earns first team all-state honors
For the first time in the history of Centennial’s baseball program two Spartans earned first-team honors on the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 5A All-State team.
A pair of recent graduated seniors, right-handed pitcher Jacob Meador and shortstop Miguel Santos, landed spots on the first-team.
The team is selected by the baseball coaches in Texas.
The pair helped the Spartans to a share of the District 5-5A title with Mansfield Legacy. After splitting with the Broncos in district play, Centennial defeated Legacy, 3-0, in a one-game playoff to take the top-seed from the district.
The Spartans sweep best-of-three playoff series over Fort Worth North Side and Little Elm before being swept by Little Elk in the Class 5A Region I quarterfinals. It was Centennial’s third trip to the quarterfinals in eight varsity seasons.
Meador, a TCU signee, was dominating on the mound for the Spartans in his senior campaign.
Meador, who was drafted in the 31st round on the MLB 2019 First-Year Player Draft by the Seattle Mariners, went 9-2 with an ERA of 0.61 in 80 innings of work. He struck out 167 and walked 25. He allowed 24 hits and nine runs (seven earned).
At one point in the season he tossed 36 innings of shutout ball. Nine times this season, he hit double digit strikeouts including fanning 17 in a win over Mansfield Timberview.
Santos, a McLennan Community College signee, led the team with a .472 batting average, a .583 on-base percentage and a .795 slugging percentage.
During the Spartans run to a 26-15 record, Santos had hitting streaks of 15 and nine games. In 39 starts, Santos had 127 at bats, scored 46 runs, collected 60 hits, drove in 36 runs, had 10 doubles, 11 triples, three homes, walked 14 times and stole 10 bases.