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Centennial trounces Madison

by: David Ball, Centennial’s lead-off hitter T.J. Anderson comes across the plate during the Eagles’ six-run burst in the second inning.

The Centennial baseball team started with a bang and its own woodbat tournament Friday, July 7, blowing past Madison 13-1 in a first-round game.

The Eagles took control with a six-run burst in the second inning. T.J. Anderson tied the game at 1-1 when he drew a bases-loaded walk on just four pitches. Centennial moved in front moments later when Michael Hopp put the ball in play, and a Madison error brought two runs across.

Teammates Eddie Burton, Beau Day and Matt Gartrell also connected for run-scoring hits to cap the rally. Gartrell beat out a broken-bat grounder for a 6-1 lead.

Madison tried to answer in the next at-bats by putting a runner in scoring position with just one out. But that threat was quickly erased when Jake Shoda scooped a grounder and fired to first baseman Austin Porterfield for a routine out.

Meanwhile, Madison's lead runner circled around third base and pulled off his batter's helmet in disgust before he realized his mistake.

It was too late.

Porterfield fired across the infield, and Burton applied the tag to end the inning.

'He was just walking off,' Porterfield said. 'I was surprised, but I thought we still needed an out, so I threw over there to be extra cautious.'

Madison didn't mount another threat, as the Eagles finished the game on the 10-run mercy rule in the fifth inning.

Gartrell applied the final blow by slapping a three-run homer that clipped the top of the fence and bounced into the street behind left field.

'I felt like I got some good wood on it,' Gartrell said. 'It just feels good to come up with a game-winning hit like that.'

The Eagles advance to play Mount Hood Conference foe Central Catholic in the late game Saturday, July 8.

'You always want to win your own tournament,' Eagles' manager Brent Child said. 'Our guys came out and whacked it around a bit.'