• Centennial junior pitcher Thomas Santos, shown in action earlier this season, tossed a no-hitter Friday night at Granbury. BURLESON STAR/CHRIS JASO

Santos baffles Granbury

“I thought we played better then we have the previous three or four games,” Centennial baseball coach Brad Hart

After hitting a pair of batters in the first inning and allowing a run on a wild pitch, Centennial junior pitcher Thomas Santos retired 16 of the Granbury’s final 18 hitters for a 4-1 no-hit District 8-5A win on the road.

The victory kept the Spartans (19-6, 11-1) in first place. Centennial has won 10 consecutive games. Centennial hosted Cleburne Wednesday in a game that ended after press time.

“I thought we played better then we have the previous three or four games,” Hart said. “Our defense was outstanding and Thomas did a great job on the mound getting fly ball and ground ball outs.”

Santos used 72 pitches, 43 of which were strikes, to stop the Pirates. The junior walked none and struck out two but hit four in seven innings.

Centennial took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jordan Jackson doubled in courtesy runner Slater Fleming with two out. The Pirates scored their lone run in the bottom of the inning.

In the fourth, Jackson drew a one-out walk and moved to Noah Menchaca’s double. Devin Paz singled in Jackson for a 2-1 lead and Menchaca scored on an error by the Pirates catcher.

Granbury threatened in the bottom of the inning after Santos hit a pair of batters. But the junior induced an inning-ending double play to quell the threat.

The Spartans turned a two-out walk by Andruw McKenzie into a three-run lead in the seventh when Micah Bennett lashed a run-scoring double to right field.

“We did a great job at the plate executing our plan,” Hart said. “We were very competitive at the plate and scored runs on a quality pitcher. This win assures us a share of the district title. I think the district minutes say if there is a tie it would be co-champs but it does make us the No. 1 seed for sure.”

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Centennial junior pitcher Thomas Santos, shown in action earlier this season, tossed a no-hitter Friday night at Granbury. BURLESON STAR/CHRIS JASO