Spartans top Joshua, Sanger on Saturday
Having already clinched the District 8-5A title, Centennial’s baseball team played the role of spoiler Saturday morning.
Trailing Joshua, 7-4, in the sixth inning, the Spartans scored 11 unanswered runs to end the Owls playoff hopes with a 15-7 win at Joshua.
Centennial (22-6, 13-1) will face Fort Worth Trimble Tech in a best-of-three bi-district playoff series. Game One will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Fort Worth Arlington Heights. Game Two is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Crowley with a third game to follow if needed.
In the sixth, the Spartans scored nine runs to a takes 13-7 lead.
Andrew McKenzie and Ethan Diaz each drove in a pair of runs, Blake Birdwell doubled in run, while Thomas Santos and Devin Paz each delivered run-scoring singles. Payton Strambler brought in a run with sacrifice fly and Adrian Gracia forced in a run with a walk.
Noah Menchaca had a big day at the plate belting a two-run home run and a double. The senior also scored three runs.
Jacob Meador picked up his second of the week, this time in relief of starter Thomas Santos. The freshman tossed 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He fanned four and walked four.
Saturday night, Centennial downed Sanger, 5-3, in a non-district game. McKenzie, Santos and Stramber each drove in runs for the Spartans.
The Spartans used for pitchers - Mason McGregor, Brent Pronger, Devin Paz and Matt Shunk in the win.