• Centennial’s Payton Strambler, shown in action earlier this season, hurled the Spartans past Dallas Woodrow Wilson in Game 1 Thursday night. BURLESON STAR/CHRIS JASO

Spartans reach regional quarterfinals

Centennial’s baseball team had things relatively easy in its best-of-three Class 5A Region II area-round playoff series with Dallas Woodrow Wilson.

The Spartans outscored Wilson, which is best known producing two Heisman Trophy winners, 22-2 to advance to the regional quarterfinals.

“I thought that we did lots of good things,” Centennial coach Brad Hart said. “We had good approaches at the plate, pitched well and did everything we needed to do. They were actually a little better than I thought they’d be. They had some guys that could play a little bit. We just stuck with what we were doing and kind of overpowered them at the end of both games.”

Centennial (22-10-1) will face Mansfield Legacy (24-8) in a best-of-three quarterfinal series. All games will be played at Grand Prairie High School. Game 1 is set for 7 p.m., tonight. Game 2 will be at 7 p.m. Friday and a third game, if need, is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday.

This will be the second time the Spartans have reached the quarterfinals. Centennial, which has never missed the playoffs in its six varsity seasons, made it to the third round of the playoffs in 2012. Playing in Class 3A, the Spartans swept Glen Rose, then beat Graham in three games before falling to West in two games.

Centennial rolled to a 10-0 run-rule victory over Wilson in a Game 2 Friday at Cedar Hill to complete the sweep

Sophomore Jacob Meador allowed two hits in five innings striking out 12 and walking one. It was Meador’s second post-season shutout Friday.

After driving in five runs in a 13-3 Game 1 win, Payton Strambler went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Hunter Prescher also drove in three runs going 2-for-3 with a double. Adrian Gracia collected two

RBI on two hits and a double. Dexter Pruitt also drove in a run.

Ethan Quintanilla and Beau Staton doubled in the win.

Strambler rocks Wilson

Flipping the script paid off Thursday night for Hart.

Instead of starting sophomore Jacob Meador in Game 1 he opted to start senior Payton Strambler.

Strambler responded on the mound and at the plate as the Spartans run-ruled Dallas Woodrow Wilson, 12-2, in the opener.

On the mound, Strambler allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking one and fanning 12. He then helped himself at the plate going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a triple, five RBI and a walk.

Centennial scored three runs in the first inning, added two each in the third and fourth, then plated five runs in the sixth.

Quintanilla and Staton, who also doubled, each drove in a pair of runs for the Spartans. Prescher doubled in a run and Gracia hit an RBI single.

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