• Last Saturday, Andruw McKenzie became the first player from Centennial to play in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches All-Star game. BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO

McKenzie first to represent Centennial

“I just went out and played and I guess at the end of the day something good happened. I’m completely honored by making the first-team.” Centennial baseball player Andruw McKenzie

After playing with the junior varsity as a sophomore and junior, Andruw McKenzie dedicated himself to making his senior baseball campaign at Centennial a good one.

McKenzie, who started at shortstop on the junior varsity, had a simple plan getting ready for his last year playing baseball as a Spartans.

“I just went out and played ball everyday,” McKenzie said. “Me being on JV last year kind of gave me a little extra drive. I was just driven harder to work harder than everyone every single day. I guess that’s how I did what I did.”

What McKenzie did was pretty impressive.

Starting at second base most of the year for the district champion Spartans he earned Offensive Player of Year in District 8-5A, garnered a spot in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 6A-5A All Star game and first team honors on the TXHSBCA All-State first team.

“It’s an honor to get all state honors,” McKenzie said. “I just went out and played and I guess at the end of the day something good happened. I’m completely honored by making the first-team.”

In 32 games this season, McKenzie hit a team-high .511 with a .579 on-base percentage and .733 slugging percentage. He had 46 hits including six doubles, four triples and two home runs. He scored a team-high 32 runs and had 21 RBI.

McKenzie closed out his career as the first player from Centennial to play in the THSBCA Class 6A-5A All-Star game last Saturday at Round Rock’s Del Diamond.

In the game, McKenzie hit the ball hard in his two plate appearances and made one nice fielding play at second.
The North won the game, 2-0.
The 6A and 5A players alternated playing in the field and all 17 were in the batting order.

“The game went well, McKenzie said. “Everyone was real loose and it was an overall fun experience to be with players from all over the state.

Being able to joke with the guys and be a part of something people from across the state were a part of. We came together as one and bonded well. It was a super fun experience.”

McKenzie had a cheering section of 38 family and friends in the stands for the game.

“I took a ton of pride in representing Centennial and being the first Spartan to play in the game,” said McKenzie who recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.

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Last Saturday, Andruw McKenzie became the first player from Centennial to play in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches All-Star game. BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO