Centennial baseball season ends with dramatics, Brentwood still in running for title
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
Centennial’s baseball season ended May 22 like many of their games in recent weeks – dramatically.
Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Trysten Barlow hit a two-out, two-strike shot to left field that the wind aided over the fence to advance Dyer County in the Class AAA bracket.
It was the first run that Cougar starter Matt Roland had given up since the first inning as Centennial battled to fight through multiple Choctaw opportunities.
“I’m really super proud of our kids,” coach Rob Baughman said. “I can’t say enough about how we’ve battled. Matt’s on the mound and he goes eight innings and pitches his tail off.”
Roland, who saw limited starts this season after coming off shoulder problems, threw 95 pitches in the extra-inning contest. He struck out two, walking one, and scattering nine hits.
“You can’t ask for more after we had to throw three or four guys last night,” the coach said. “I hate that it’s over, but if we’re going to lose I’m glad it’s in Murfreesboro.”
Dyer County stranded seven runners on base and had several chances to take a multi-run advantage.
The most glaring of those opportunities seemingly fueled Centennial’s comeback. With runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, first baseman Cole Evans made a diving catch on a popped up bunt and caught the runner off second base for a double play. Evans found himself at the plate the following inning with runners on first and second before hitting a two-out single to center field that scored Cody Skrabek.
“Cole is a winner,” Baughman said. “That’s the bottom line. The kid is a winner and he wants to win at all cost.”
Evans was 3-for-4 from the plate.
Centennial was forced into the Class AAA losers’ bracket thanks to a 6-3 loss to Farragut.
The trip to Murfreesboro was the school’s first to the BlueCross Spring Fling and will be a memorable one for everyone involved with the team.
“It’s been great,” Baughman said. “I wish we could’ve won a couple of games and still be here, but to have the opportunity to get to a state championship, and even have the opportunity to play for it, is huge. I’m really proud of our kids and our school.”
Brentwood’s baseball team remains in the hunt for the Class AAA title despite falling to Collierville 13-6 Wednesday afternoon.
The Dragons jumped to a 7-0 advantage through the first two innings as Bruin starting pitcher Aaron Maher gave up seven hits before being relieved by Alex Leeth to start the third frame.
Leeth could not cool down the Collierville bats though as they added another four runs on four hits in that inning.
Adam Johnson came on in the fourth and completed the game, striking out two and walking three while holding the opponent to one hit.
Brentwood’s bats came alive for stretches as the team scored runs in five-consecutive innings through the middle portion of the game, but could never fully come back from the large deficit.
The Bruins beat Dobyns Bennett 6-1 in the opening round Tuesday night to advance to the winners’ bracket.
Junior Clay Harris got the win for the Bruins, striking out four while scattering five hits in seven innings.
Tied 1-1 after the first inning, Maher scored on an error to give Brentwood the go-ahead run.
The Bruins cushioned their advantage with four runs in the fourth as Maher, John Buntin, Austin Winfree, and Jack Bennie all crossed home plate.
Brentwood advanced to face Riverdale in an elimination match Wednesday night.
Posted on: 5/22/2013