Lady Spartans complete perfect run through 8-5A
For the third time in the history of Centennial’s five-year varsity softball program, the Lady Spartans wrapped up a perfect run through district play thanks to an 8-3 District 8-5A win over Joshua at home Wednesday night.
“They did a great job,” Centennial coach Shannon Sullivan said. “I’m so excited the seniors went out with a bang.”
The Lady Spartans (25-3, 14-0) have won 19 consecutive district games and 22 straight games. Centennial, the No. 8 ranked team in Class 5A in most recent Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, opens the playoffs at 4 p.m. today against Fort Worth Western Hills at home.
Leadoff hitter Sydney Friend set the tone for the Lady Spartans against Joshua going 4-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Seniors Eva Scott and Bailey White each tripled in the win and drove in a pair of runs.
Hayley Murrell picked up the win for Centennial. The freshman allowed three runs on two hits in 5.2 innings. She struck out five and walked seven. Crystal Peebles tossed 1.1 innings giving up one hit.
Centennial built a 5-0 lead after two innings. The Lady Spartans scored twice in the first and three times in the second.
In the first, White drove in a run with a ground out. Marley Eller, who is getting back into form after an injury, followed with a run-scoring double. Scott tripled in two runs in the second inning and Gracie Morton tripled home Scott for a 5-0 lead.
Joshua cut the lead to 5-2 in the third inning with a run-scoring single and a RBI walk. Both runs scored with two out.
Centennial added a run in each of the next three innings. The Lady Spartans went up 8-3 on a run-scoring passed ball, an RBI triple by White and a Friend run-scoring single.
The game was the last regular season home contest for Centennial’s five seniors – Scott, White, Kallyn Ciesynski, Bailey Gunter and Sam Pettijohn.
“It’s a unique senior class,” Sullivan said. “In the past, all of them have varsity starters for four years. Now that we are a more established program and we are getting players who have developed through the JV team. This senior class brings so much confidence and excitement to the game because they have so much variance among them. They understand that it takes a team. It’s not just the seniors that win a game, it’s every player. Every kid understands the meaning of team and they put the team first.”