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Eagles beat Central Point in state opener

Eddie Lynn hits game-winner in sixth inning
by: David Ball, Centennial's Kevin Miller pitches in the district finale last week. He scored the winning run in the sixth inning vs. Central Point on Friday.

Centennial scored the game-winner in the sixth inning to get past Central Point 5-4 in the opening game of the A American Legion state tournament in Grants Pass on Friday morning.

Eddie Lynn came up with the big two-out hit, knocking an RBI-single through the middle of the infield to score Kevin Miller from second base.

The Eagles took advantage of a series of Central Point errors to build a 4-0 lead in the first inning only to see the Comets tie the game in the top of the sixth.

'We got a little complacent after getting that early lead,' Eagles' manager Jake Austin said. 'But once they tied the game, our kids responded in their next at-bats, including that clutch hit by Eddie.'

The Eagles advance to play North Medford or Grant in a winner's-bracket semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29.

Centennial pitcher Kenneth Clarke went the distance and struck out nine.