Centennial smothers Benson in first inning
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PORTLAND — Centennial's baseball team couldn't be stopped in the first inning on its way to a 19-0 win at Benson on Wednesday morning.
The Eagles batted through the lineup with Christian Roberts sending an RBI-double over the right-fielders head, and Dillon Hart hitting a two-run single to center field for a 6-0 lead.
Centennial started the game aggressive on the base paths with runners powering down as they approached the next base as the pitch arrived at the catcher. That meant a series of stand-up steals without the catcher able to make a throw.
But the Eagles were far from finished.
Centennial cycled through the lineup again with Andrew Caron curving a deep ball that bounced into the left-field fence for a bases-clearing triple that grew the lead to 11-0.
Two times through the lineup, and Centennial had drawn seven walks, banged out six hits and scored 14 runs.
And it still wasn't done.
The third time through, Centennial coach Eric Fogle called his second unit to the batter's box. The Eagles notched two more runs for a 16-0 lead before Benson third baseman Donovan Wilson-Carr knocked down an infield hopper and stomped on the nearby bag to end the inning.
Centennial spent 45 minutes taking its first at-bats.
The Eagles barely let Benson have a turn.
Centennial starter Davis Landolt struck out two of the first three batters he faced, and Elijah Heacock gobbled up a grounder at first base for the third out.
The Eagles had 17 players with a plate appearance with Kyle Tolvstad hitting an inside-the-park home run to lead off the fifth inning.
Landolt combined forces with Alex Bates and Tolvstad to throw a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts.
Centennial opened the Portland Interscholastic League spring break tournament with a 4-2 win over Roosevelt on Monday. The Eagles scored the winning run in the fourth inning when Noah Sanders reached on a dropped third strike and Landan Fery rushed home.
Lead-off hitter Kyle Fitzgerald went 2-for-4 with a double, while scoring three times. Pitchers Cameron Keller and Caron combined to give up two hits while striking out eight.
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This story is slated for our Friday, March 29, print edition.