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    Centennial senior catcher Hunter Prescher tags out Lake Dallas' Jordan Webb at the plate during the Thursday's playoff game at TCU's Lupton Stadium. The Spartans lost Game 1, 1-0. COURTESY PHOTO/PAYTON GOODEN

Spartans fall to Lake Dallas in opener, 1-0

FORT WORTH - Staked to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Lake Dallas starting pitcher Cade McCollum made the single run stand Thursday night against Centennial

McCollom tossed a three-hit shutout for a 1-0 victory in Game 1 of the team’s best-of-three Class 5A Region I quarterfinal series at TCU’s Lupton Stadium.

The loss puts the Spartans (25-11) on the brink of elimination going into Game 2 at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the same location.

Centennial needs a win to force a deciding third game with the Falcons (19-17). That game would start 30 minutes after the completion of the second game.

“We made a couple of costly plays,” Centennial coach Brian Tickell said. “But we gave great effort tonight.”

Lake Dallas’ lead off hitter Ryan Depperschmidt opened the game by hitting a sinking liner to left. Centennial left fielder Colby Stacy tried to make a diving catch but the ball skipped past him for a triple.

“The sun was in his eyes,” Tickell said. “I can’t fault the young man for the effort he made.”

Spartans’ starting pitcher Jacob Meador got a strikeout but Lake Dallas took a 1-0 lead on Kyle York’s RBI-groundout to second.

After that Meador, a TCU-signee, was solid. The senior scattered four hits over seven innings while fanning 10 and walking two.

McCollom kept the Spartans off-balance most of the night. The senior, who finished with four strikeouts and three walks, Centennial hitting fly balls and pop outs which led to easy outs. Of 15 balls put in play that resulted in outs, only one was a ground ball.

“We didn’t do a very good job of making adjustments at the plate,” Tickell said.

In the third, Centennial had runners on first and second following a two-out single from Ethan Diaz and a Dawson Barnes walk but McCollum got Miguel Santos to fly out to end the inning.

With one out in the sixth, Santos reached on an infield hit. Gabe Irwin followed by scalding a line drive to first only to have Falcons’ first baseman Hunter McDaniel nab the ball and turn it into an inning-ending double play.

The Spartans threatened again in the seventh when pinch-hitter Trey Weldon drew a leadoff walk. Weldon then was picked off following a missed bunt attempt by Meador. Meador reached on an infield single but McCollom got Seth DelaRosa and Zavier Fuller to fly out to end the game.

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