The Jaguars defeat the Celtics 11-2 for a fourth consecutive win prior to next week's games with Jesuit.

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Century's Keaton Johnson slides head first into home plate during the Jaguars' game against McNary April 12 at Ron Tonkin Field.The Century Jaguars baseball team beat McNary 11-2 in a nonleague game April 12 at Ron Tonkin Field, and while it's always good to get a win, it's even better to string together four in a row.

After a win over Southridge and two over Sunset, the Jags beat-up on the struggling Celtics behind timely hitting, a handful of McNary mistakes, and the arms of Century pitchers, sophomore Ian Lawson and junior Kyler Somers. The two combined to allow two runs — none earned — on just three hits, while striking out 10 and walking five.

At the plate, Century was led by senior infielder Josh Grant, who finished 2-for-4 with two singles and three RBIs.

Following a scoreless first inning, the Jaguars drew first blood in the second thanks in part to a couple Celtic miscues. Lawsom led-off the inning with a double to right field, then after a walk to centerfielder Alex Garcia, junior Jared Gordon's sacrifice attempt led to a McNary throwing error and ultimately to the game's first two runs. Next, Micky Thompson plated Gordon on a sacrifice fly with a deep out to center, then when Blake Baccay reached on a second Celtic error, the Jags got their fourth run of the inning on a two-out single by Grant to make it 4-0.

McNary responded with their only runs of the game in top of the third, but much to Century's chagrin, did so without a hit. After a strikeout to start the inning, Ian Martin and Lance Becktel walked to put runners on first and second, then Collin Wentworth's slow ground ball towards first was misplayed by the Jags and a subsequent overthrow plated Martin for the Celtics' first run. Lawson then recorded his second strikeout for the inning's second out, but a wild pitch allowed Becktel to score from third and Century's lead was cut to 4-2.

But that's as close as it'd get. The Jags scored once in the fourth, and then blew the game open in the bottom of the fifth with six runs on four singles, a walk, and three McNary errors before Somers retired the last six Celtic batters in order in the sixth and seventh innings for the win.

Century is scheduled to play a second game with the Celtics at McNary this afternoon at 4:30 P.M.

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