Lady Spartans move into tie for first place
GRANBURY — The last time Centennial faced Granbury, the Lady Pirates came away with a 4-2 District 9-5A softball win.
Tuesday night, the Lady Spartans flipped the score winning at Granbury 4-2 to move into a tie for first place with two games remaining.
The Lady Spartans (11-8, 11-1) registered the win thanks to a complete team effort. Centennial got clutch hitting, ran the bases with abandon, showed some top-notch defense and got a solid pitching effort.
“I’ve always said this is a team sport and tonight proved that you just can’t rely on one player or even two players,” Centennial coach Shannon Sullivan said. “You have to rely on every person out there and every person in the dugout to win games.”
Offensively, Reagan Ellison delivered the big blow in a four-run third inning.
With two-out and runners at second and third, Ellison hit a long fly ball to left field that kept carrying. Granbury left fielder Rachel McWilliams got a glove on the ball but the ball had other ideas as it skimmed out her glove and found its way over the wall for a home run for a 3-1 lead.
“She got a hold of it and I knew that it had a chance to get out or at least hit off the fence,” Sullivan said. “The left fielder had a good bead on it and made a great play but it had enough spin on it or something to get off her glove and over the fence.”
Gracie Morton followed with a double. After Morton stole third, Karter Hill singled her home for a 4-1 lead.
The Lady Pirates nearly sliced the lead in half in the bottom of the inning but Morton made a leaping catch in the wall in center to steal a home run off the bat of Everly Carey. In the second inning, Morton had just missed grabbing Kelby Been’s solo home run.
“I’m sure felt in her head that she wasn’t going to let one go buy that close again,” Sullivan said. “She got up there and got it.”
Centennial starter Serena Bersuch got the Lady Spartans out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh when she struck out Granbury clean-up hitter Venable to end the game. Bersuch scattered eight hits to get the complete game. She allowed two runs (one earned) struck out four and walked one.
“Serena was solid,” Sullivan said. “She hit her spots from the get-go.”
The Lady Spartans celebrate senior night Friday against Joshua and play at Everman to end district play.