Long wait for Centennial’s third D4/10 baseball title ends

GUELPH – The Centennial Spartans put an end to a lengthy drought when they claimed the District 4/10 high school baseball championship title Monday.

Centennial scored three runs in the first inning on its way to a 5-3 victory over the Ross Royals at Pearson Park, a park that didn’t exist when the Spartans last won the league’s final in 1994.

The championship win was Centennial’s third as they had also won in 1993.

The Spartans broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the fifth inning of the seven-inning contest.

Centennial opened the scoring in the first when Trent Devine singled, Ilhan Dahi reached on a fielder’s choice, Thomas Devereux drove in two runs with a triple and Justin Philp knocked Devereux home with a single.

Ross got one run back in the bottom of the inning when Justin Rochon doubled, went to third on a single by Noah Devine and scored when Devin Zigby grounded out.

The Royals pulled even with two out in the fourth. Zigby singled and scored on a double by Jackson Wahl who scored on a single by Adam Nightingale.

The Spartans were aided in the fifth with a pair of Ross errors as Trent Devine reached base due to an error. Ben Widdecombe drove him home with a single and Ben scored as Senna Amani reached base on an error.

Philp led Centennial at the plate with a triple and a single while Devereux hit his triple and Trent Devine and Widdecombe each hit a single.

Spencer Bertelsen smacked a double and single for Ross while Noah Devine hit two singles. Rochon clubbed a double and Zigby, Wahl and Nightingale each hit a single.

In high school baseball, pitchers are limited to a maximum of four innings of work. In the final, the starters both went four innings before the relievers came in to pitch the final three.

Matthew Cutten started for Centennial while Sam Worthen relieved. Ethan Vivian was the starter for Ross while Zigby relieved.

The Spartans have a long wait until their next game as the CWOSSA championship will be decided next May.

  • Guelph Sports Journal