Lady Spartans tie for first place, salute senior class
Joshua jumped on Centennial early Friday night but the Lady Spartans came roaring back behind the hitting of Gracie Morton and the relief pitching of Serena Bersuch to win 9-5 on senior night.
Seniors Morton, Reagan Ellison and Mac Harshbarger played their final regular season home game for the Lady Spartans.
“These three have been quite the leadership crew. They have been really positive all the time,” Centennial coach Shannon Sullivan said. “They have kept the team focused and that’s a chore because they have a young team to lead and they did a good job of it. With all these sophomores, I’m sure a challenge at times, but they did a good job of embracing their role and keeping this winning tradition alive.”
After half an inning of play, Centennial trailed 4-0. Morton and Mackenzie Law sliced the Lady Owls advantage to 4-2 after an inning of play with consecutive run-scoring hits.
The Lady Spartans took the lead in the second inning with a four-run outburst. With the bases-loaded, Morton missed a home run by inches with shot off the left-center field wall for a bases-clearing double. Ellison followed with run-scoring single for a 6-4 lead.
Morton gave her team a 9-4 lead in the fourth with a three-run home run to right-center. Morton was 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI.
“She’s a great hitter,” Sullivan said. “She is going to be sorely missed.”
While the Lady Spartans were delivering 10 hits and nine runs, Bersuch was shutting down Joshua offense.
Bersuch entered the game in the first inning with two runners on and two out. She proceeded to retire 10 of the next 12 hitters she faced.
In 6.1 innings of work, Bersuch allowed one run on six hits. She struck out five and walked none.
“Serena came in and was hitting her spots,” Sullivan said. “She was ready.’
Lady Spartans down Everman
Centennial’s softball team broke open a 1-1 games with five late runs to register a 6-1 District 9-5A win at Everman Tuesday night.
With the win, the Lady Spartans (13-8, 12-2) finished in a tie for first place with Granbury. The teams will play a seeding game Friday night at Cleburne at 7:30 p.m. The winner will be the top seed from the district in the upcoming playoffs. The post-season opens in two weeks.
Centennial took the lead in fourth inning on a two-out run-scoring single by Casey Hendrixson that scored pinch runner Laney Vaughn. Samantha Baker opened the inning with a double and Vaughn came in to pinch run when Baker reached third base following a sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, Law hit a leadoff triple and then scored when Gracie Morton followed with run-scoring infield hit.
The Lady Spartans scored three runs in the seventh inning with two out. Centennial loaded the bases on a RBI-single by Carley Eller, a run-scoring error and an RBI-hit by Kylee Gowin.
Centennial starter Presley Green went the distance for the win. She scattered four hits and allowed one run in seven innings. She struck out five and walked one.