LAS CRUCES – The Centennial baseball team handed Organ Mountain its first district loss on Thursday night.
The Hawks defeated the Knights 8-7 at the Field of Dreams Complex, ending the Knights’ 13 game winning streak. The Knights dropped to 10-1 in the District 3-5A standings and Centennial improved to 9-2.
Organ Mountain won Thursday’s second game 1-0 to win the season series with the Hawks.
The Hawks’ bats came alive in the first half of the game, scoring seven runs in the first four innings which game them a comfortable lead of 7-0. Santiago Garcia and Steven Milam lead the Hawks to their 11th win of the season. Garcia went 3-for-4 at the place with an RBI and a diving grab in center field.
“We did good in the beginning, we had good bats,” Garcia said. “We starting to slow down a bit – we should have kept up the pace.”
Starting pitcher Kory Gresham for the Hawks came out with a no-hitter through 2 2/3 innings until it was broken by a line drive to right field. Gresham finished the day pitching 5 1/3 innings along with 4 strikeouts.
Albeit the Knights showed no quit in the game. Their momentum started from a solo home run to left field from Mathew Hall in the bottom of the fifth inning, along with two more runs in the inning.
To add to their comeback, the Knights put up four runs in the bottom of the sixth, bringing the game within one run at 8-7. But the Hawks brought in Milam to close the door in the bottom of the seventh retiring three batters in-a-row to close and win the game.
“Get a lead, build on it and they went on a run — we knew they would,” Centennial coach Rusty Evans said. “(The team needed to) maintain and come out on top.”
The team is young and hungry for the end of the season, Evans added.
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