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    Centennial’s Hunter Prescher tags out a runner during the Spartans’ District 9-5A win April 6 at Crowley.  COURTESY PHOTO/JASO’S PICASSO’S PHOTOGRAPHY

Spartans blast Everman; open playoffs Friday at Midlothian

With second place in District 9-5A wrapped up, Centennial’s baseball team needed five innings to run-rule Everman Friday night, 15-2, at Everman.

“It was a great way to end district,” Centennial coach Brad Hart said. “I thought the guys played well.”

David Pruit picked up the win for the Spartans allowing two runs (one earned) in four innings. The senior surrendered three hits and struck out five. Jacob Meador closed out the game striking out two in one inning of work.

“We got another very good performance from Pruit like we have several times this year,” Hart said.

Meador had a big night at the plate going 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Nick Burgess had a double and three RBI. Trevor Gowin, Miguel Santos, Hunter Prescher, and

Gabe Irwin each drove in a run. Nick Burgess, Bryson Fleming and Irwin each hit doubles in the win.

“I thought at the plate we did a great job of being focused on what we were trying to do and not have any kind of let down with it being the last district game and second place already locked in,” Hart said. “I told them before the game I wanted to see them play locked in and not just go through the motions and I feel like they all did a great job of that.”

The Spartans open the playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday at Midlothian in a winner-take-all Class 5A Region II one-game playoff.

Last season, Meador tossed a one-hitter to beat Midlothian, 2-0, in the playoffs. The Spartans beat Midlothian pitcher Russell Smith, who is a freshman pitcher at TCU.

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