The Centennials improved to 2-1 in the tourney with the win. They had also beaten North Valleys but were saddled with a loss by Reno American. The local team plays traditional tournament power Washoe Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. A loss would eliminate Sparks Centennial from tournament championship contention.
Sparks Centennial broke open a scoreless contest against Sparks National with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning.
Dominic LeGrange roped a leadoff double and Hunter Ivory followed, reaching on an error. After Takota Kester was hit by a pitch, Jordan Oliver laced a two-run single to score LeGrange and Ivory.
Sparks Centennial proceeded to break the game open by rallying for nine runs in the fourth. At one point, the SC all-stars sent nine straight hitters to the plate to reach safely, eight of them on hits and one on an error. Ivory had a two-run double and Jeremy Gallegos ripped an RBI double in the frame. The big blast of the inning came when Baylor Horning capped the outburst with a two-run home run.
Kester handled the mound chores for Sparks Centennial and did so admirably. He finished with a three-hit shutout, needing only 48 pitches in the four-inning mercy-rule shortened affair. Kester fanned seven without giving up a walk.
"Takota hit his spots," Sparks Centennial coach Mike Highmark said. "He mixed his pitches up really well all night. He's not an overpowering guy. He just mixed his off-speed stuff up with his fastball and kept them off balance all night long."