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Eagles lose heart breaker against Aloha

by: David Ball, Centennial's Dustin Tanquary fires a pitch during a game earlier this summer.

Centennial finished second at its woodbat tournament after dropping a 2-1 heartbreaker against Aloha in Sunday's championship game.

The Warriors took a 2-0 lead with a home run in the fifth inning only to watch the Eagles make a late charge. Centennial cut the gap in half when Dustin Tanquary drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning. The Eagles appeared ready to score again on a sharply hit ground ball between first and second base, but it was scooped up for the final out.

Centennial's Eddie Burton led the offense with a pair of singles. Tanquary went the distance on the mound, keeping the Eagles close by striking out the last three batters he faced in the seventh inning.

The Eagles knocked off Central Catholic 10-5 in Saturday's semifinals, taking advantage of five Rams' errors. Centennial broke the game open with a five-run burst in the fourth inning. John DeBlock hit two doubles and scored twice, while teammate Jake Shoda also connected for a double and crossed home plate twice.