Spartans honor senior class
Needing a win to sew up second place in District 9-5A, Centennial got strong mound performances from Gabe Irwin, Miguel Santos and Jacob Meador, to defeat Joshua, 2-1, Tuesday in District 9-5A game at Centennial.
Irwin allowed an unearned run in the first then blanked the Owls for the next 3-1 innings. Irwin allowed three hits and walked one.
After walking a runner with one out in the fifth, Irwin gave way to Santos. The junior got out of the inning thanks to a strikeout and a caught stealing.
Meador, a TCU verbal commit, tossed two scoreless innings to register the save. In his first mound appearance since throwing six shutout innings in an 8-0 win at Joshua March 29, the junior fanned five, walked two and surrendered one hit.
“We didn’t really want to have to play them again on Saturday,” Centennial coach Brad Hart said. “How about the effort Gabe gave us? Our left-handed knuckleballer goes out and gives up a run on an error and then settles down. Then Miguel (Santos) and Jacob (Meador) came in and finished things off. It was just a great team effort.”
Joshua starter Connery Peters, a Wichita State signee, was the hard-luck loser. The senior allowed two runs in the first inning as the Spartans parlayed three errors and a hit into two unearned runs.
Peters struck out 11, walked five and allowed three hits in six innings.
The Spartans (12-14, 10-3), play Friday at Everman to end the regular season. Joshua (13-8, 9-4) hosts district-champion Cleburne Friday.
Centennial honored its seven-man senior class after the game. The members of the senior class are: Trevor Gowin, Ben Evans, David Pruitt, Nick Burgess, Riley Boyett, Riley Mitchell, Bryson Fleming and Matthew Tate.
“These guys have been with the program for four years,” Hart said. “They are a great group of kids. They have worked hard and have always been great teammates. They have accepted their role. They worked hard and competed.”
Spartans fall at Granbury
Centennial’s seventh-inning rally fell short Friday night as the Spartans fell at Granbury, 8-5, in a District 9-5A game.
Trailing 8-2 in the seventh inning, Gabe Irwin walked and Zavier Fuller was hit by a pitch with one out. After a strikeout, Miguel Santos hit a three-run home run to left to chop the Pirates lead to 8-5. But a strikeout ended the game.
Spartans starter David Pruitt took the loss. The senior allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Bryce Foutz picked up the win for the Pirates. He worked 6.2 innings allowing five runs (three earned) on three hits. He fanned nine and walked five. At the plate, Foutz drove in a pair of runs.