WARNER – The Warner Eagles split the first two games of the best-of-three series with the Central Tigers Wednesday afternoon.

The opening game of the series went to Warner in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel between the Eagles Jace Jackson and Central’s Cade Tucker.

Warner got on the board early in the first and maintained the slim 1-0 advantage through 5 innings until Kaleb Spradlin added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with a home run to right field, a run that the Eagles would later need for the win.

In the top of the seventh, the Tigers Connor Walters got on the board for Central with a solo homer center with one out to get Central within one.

After the Walters homer Tucker walked to give Central the tying run on first, but Jackson forced a fly out by Bo Locust and a Connor Green come backer to the pitcher to end the game.

Jackson went the distance for the Eagles allowing 1 run on 6 hits and striking out five hitters. Tucker also had a complete game for Central allowing 2 runs on 5 hits with seven strike outs. Tucker’s control was evident throwing 54 strikes over 84 total pitches.

In the second game, Warner gifted the Tigers with five errors in the opening two inning to put themselves in a 4-1 hole early.

They crawled back in it with a run in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth when a pickoff attempt went array scoring Lubbock Drake, followed by a sacrifice fly to left by Austin Spradlin that tied the game at 4-4.

The tie game was short lived however, when the Tigers added on two in the bottom of the sixth on singles by Mekko Ariza, Elijah Harris, and Connor Walters, scoring two runs to put Central up by two late in the game.

In the top of the seventh Warned managed just one single by Austin Spradlin, but a Jaxon Cash strikeout ended the contest in a 6-4 Central Tigers win to tie the series at 1-1.

The rubber match is scheduled for Thursday to decide the District Championship with Regional play scheduled to begin next week.

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