Centennial High School’s baseball team won the Central Section Division I championship game against Clovis-Buchanan on Saturday night, marking the school’s first section baseball title since 2007. The Golden Hawks were trailing 3-1 and down to their last out when junior Tristan Watson hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning, securing the victory. The team has defied the odds throughout the playoffs, defeating higher seeds on the road to reach the championship game. Despite losing senior shortstop Jordan Mora to a broken hand three weeks ago, the team has rallied together to become Valley champions.
Watson’s homer was a key moment in the game, and he was praised by coach Dan Durham for his performance. Senior Tanner Forbus also played a significant role in the victory, both on the mound and at the plate. Forbus scattered six hits and allowed just two earned runs in 6-plus innings, striking out eight, walking one, and hitting one. He was also on base all four times he came to the plate, opening the game with a single and stealing second in the first. Forbus reached third after a base hit in the third and then grounded a sharp single into left field in the eighth. He was also hit by a pitch as part of the game-winning rally.
Durham praised his team’s resilience and ability to step up when it mattered most. He also acknowledged the significance of the victory for the program and the community. The team’s unexpected run to the championship has been a source of inspiration and pride for Centennial High School. Both Centennial and Clovis-Buchanan are expected to be invited to the regional playoffs, with the brackets set to be unveiled on Sunday.
Keywords: Centennial High School, baseball, Central Section Division I championship, Tristan Watson, Tanner Forbus, Dan Durham, playoffs, Valley champions.
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