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    Centennial’s Miguel Santos, shown in action earlier this season, hit a two-run home run in Thursday’s 5-3 District 5-5A loss to Mansfield Legacy. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Spartans remain in tie for first place in 5-5A

Try as they might, the Spartans couldn’t overcome a four-run outburst by Mansfield Legacy in the third inning as Centennial fell to the Broncos, 5-3, in a district showdown last Thursday night at Centennial.

The loss left the squads tied for first place in the district. Centennial won the opening game of the series two days earlier.

“I thought we played well,” Centennial coach Brian Tickell said. “But the third inning put us in a hole that we couldn’t get ourselves out of. Offensively we weren’t able to string together a bunch of hits in an inning.”

The Spartans had a chance to win or tie in the seventh inning but stranded runners at first and second after three consecutive outs.

Trailing, 5-2, Centennial opened the seventh with a leadoff walk by Jacob Meador. Seth DeLaRosa followed with a single that put runners at first and second.

The Spartans closed to within 5-3 when pinch-hitter Zavier Fuller ripped a single past the shortstop that scored Meador.

With runners at first and second and none out, Legacy turned to reliever Payton Cathey who was able to register the save.

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