Birdville edges Burleson Centennial to win area-round series

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When Ty Engelhardt suffered a torn ACL during a scrimmage that ended his football career at Birdville, he never doubted he’d be back in time for baseball season.

Six months after surgery, Engelhardt was back on the diamond, having missed just the opening tournament of the season.

Saturday, the senior was in command on the mound. He pitched a two-hit shutout as Birdville defeated Burleson Centennial 1-0 for a sweep of the Class 4A Region I area-round series at Saginaw Chisholm Trail.

“There was no doubt in my mind I’d be back for baseball,” Engelhardt said. “I know how hard I work.”

The Hawks (23-8-1) will play the winner of the Aledo-Wichita Falls series in the regional quarterfinals next weekend.

Birdville scored the lone run of the game in the third. With one out and runners at first and second, Centennial left fielder Thomas Santos made a diving catch on a foul ball for the second out. But the relay throw back to pitcher Tanner Dent sailed high and rolled into the Centennial dugout

Will Hayward, the runner at second, was awarded third and home on the error, putting Birdville up 1-0.

Engelhardt (6-2) needed 67 pitches to shut out Centennial (15-16-3), which was making its third postseason appearance in as many varsity seasons. Engelhardt walked two and struck out five.

In the seventh, Centennial’s Mitchell Peebles led off with a single. With one out, pinch runner Aaron Alvarado stole second. But he was stranded there as Engelhardt fanned the next two batters to register the win.

“I just went out today and threw strikes,” Engelhardt said. “I kept the ball down so it would be on the ground.”

Dent suffered the loss after throwing a six-hitter. Centennial lost 2-0 Friday.

“We had two great pitching performances and we are going home,” Centennial coach Brad Hart said.

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