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    Centennial senior Colby Stacy, shown in action earlier this season, drove in two runs in the Spartans’ 8-7 District 5-5A victory at Mansfield Legacy Tuesday. BURLESON STAR/AnGELIQUE HAYS

Spartans hang on for win over Legacy

The baseball showdown between the top teams in District 5-A was just that Tuesday night.

In a see-saw affair, Centennial came up on top as the Spartans held on for an 8-7 win at Mansfield Legacy.

The win put the Spartans (17-9, 10-1) alone in first place. The teams play again Thursday at Centennial in the second game of the series.

“It was a great game between two good teams,” Centennial coach Brian Tickell said. “Legacy is one of the best teams in the state and our guys never gave in. We preach all the time about finishing and the guys never quit.”

Centennial seemed to have the game in hand after scoring three runs in the seventh inning to take an 8-3 lead, but the Broncos (22-3, 9-2) didn’t give in, scoring four runs in the seventh and leaving the tying run on base.

After Centennial starter Jacob Meador exited the game with one out in the seventh, the Spartans bullpen struggled to get the final out.

Reliever Preston Tabor could not get an out during the seventh. Tabor allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits including a home run. Dawson Barnes was able to get the two-out save but not after allowing a two-run home run that sliced the lead to 8-7. Barnes was able to get Legacy clean-up hitter Nick Price to foul out to left to end the game.

Meador turned in another great outing on Tuesday. The senior scattered three hits and allowed three runs over 6.1 innings. He fanned 13 and  walked two.

“Jacob threw well tonight and it was good to see our hitters have quality at-bat after quality at-bat,” Tickell said. “I think this game has given us a ton of confidence.”

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