Lady Spartans honor seniors, next stop is the post-season
Centennial’s softball team closed out District 9-5A play Tuesday night with a 6-1 road win at Joshua.
The Lady Spartans (19-6, 13-1), who had already clinched the district still, will open the playoffs next week against either Mansfield Timberview, Mansfield Summit or
Waxahachie. The three teams are vying for fourth place in District 10-5A and still have one game to play.
Pitchers Hayley Murrell and Crystal Peebles combined to quell the Lady Owls bats. Murrell worked the first four innings allowing one run on one hit. She fanned five and walked six. Peebles worked two scoreless innings. She gave up three hits and struck out two.
Reagan Ellison paced the offense with a pair of doubles and two runs driven in. Kaci Arkfeld had two RBI. Marley Eller doubled and drove in a run. Murrell also had an RBI.
Team 7 saluted
Centennial honored the senior class of Team 7 Thursday night following a 9-0 District 9-5A victory over Cleburne.
The seniors recognized were Sydney Friend, Haley Kimberling, Marley Eller, Crystal Peebles and Ashley Brookman.
“It was a great night for these seniors,” Sullivan said. “Peebs had a hit, Kimblerling got to pitch again and pitched well. We turned three double plays and Brookman was part of one at first base. It was fun to see the seniors have a good time tonight and the team have fun and execute the game as well.”
The senior class all played a role in the win and will graduate as the class with the most wins in the program’s history.
“They have been here and worked hard and been consistent,” Sullivan said. “That’s really what the longevity of a program needs is kids that have bought in and are dedicated and bleed blue.”
The Lady Spartans scored twice in the first inning and then took a while to add to their lead. In the fifth, Centennial added three runs on a sacrifice bunt by Marley Eller and a two-run double from Karter Hill.
In the next inning Marley Eller drove in a pair of runs with a double and Ellison brought home two runs with a single. Marley Eller and Reagan Ellison finished with three RBI.
Peebles and Kimberling combined to shutout Cleburne. Peebles allowed one hit and struck out three in four innings and Kimblerling worked the last three innings giving up two hits.