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6/12/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Central senior Austin Lechtenberg beats the throw to second as he slides in for a stolen base during the second game of the Sabers’ doubleheader with Marion, Thursday night. Lechtenberg had three hits in the game, including two doubles, scored two runs and drove in two more as Central earned a sweep with an 8-1 win.
Sabers win slugfest with Denver, shut out Hawks

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

A wild slugfest with Denver highlighted a recent four-game winning streak for the Central baseball team.

The Sabers and Cyclones combined for 26 runs and 29 hits in the game, which was part of an invitational hosted by Denver. The hosts even scored eight runs in one inning during the contest but still came up short in a 16-10 Central win.

The Sabers wrapped up a successful day with another victory, this one a much more drama-free 7-0 win over North Fayette.

Central got the ball rolling right away with five runs in the first inning against Denver.

Austin Lechtenberg led off the opening frame with a double and A.J. Smith added a single before Jake Thumann walked to load the bases.

After an out, Central got on the board when Emmitt Enyeart drove in Lechtenberg with a groundout.

Grant Henning, meanwhile, drew a walk to load the bases again. Marty Green was up next and was hit by a pitch to plate another run.

Lucas Perdieu then came up with the biggest hit of the inning, as he singled to bring in both Thumann and Henning. Green scored the final run on a Denver error and it was 5-0.

The Sabers kept at it with two more runs in the second inning. Thumann scored one as he walked, stole second and crossed the plate on a single by T.J. Sikkema.

Sikkema, in turn, also stole second and scored two batters later on a single by Green.

The second inning, though, belonged to Denver, who brought 12 different batters to the plate and erased Central's 7-0 lead in one fell swoop with eight runs in the bottom of the frame.

The Cyclones' lead did not last very long either as the Sabers pulled back in front with three more runs in the third.

Lechtenberg again kicked things off when he reached on an error and Smith quickly brought him around to score with a double to tie the game at 8-8.

Thumann added a single of his own and so did Sikkema to plate Smith. Henning added his own hit, two batters later to bring in Thumann and it was 10-8 Sabers.

Denver, however, did not go away quietly and two Cyclone runs in the bottom of the stanza had the two teams tied at 10 after three innings.

Fortunately, the final six runs of the game belonged to the Sabers, who jumped right back into the lead, this time to stay, with three runs in the fourth.

Two of the runs were driven in by Sikkema, who clubbed a two-out double to plate Smith and Thumann, while Henning added a hit of his own to score Sikkema and make it 13-10.

Central tacked on an additional run in the sixth and then two more in the seventh to finish off the high-scoring victory.

Henning went 4-for-5 in the contest with a pair of RBIs, while Lechtenberg and Sikkema added three hits apiece (the former scored three runs and the latter knocked in five).

Thumann ended up scoring five times in the game with Smith touching home three times and Sikkema two.

Perdieu picked up the win in relief, pitching four innings in the middle of the game and allowing two hits and a single run, while striking out two.

The Sabers stayed hot at the plate in their game with North Fayette, picking up 10 more hits.

Smith, meanwhile, gave Central six shutout innings on the mound, and the Sabers had an impressive 7-0 win.

Seven of Central's hits came during a two-inning span in which the Sabers scored all of their runs.

Green led off the third inning with a single and stole second. The junior threatened to be stranded there after two-straight outs, but an error on a hit by Lechtenberg put Central up 1-0.

The error loomed even larger two batters later when Thumann followed a single by Smith with a big three-run home run that pushed the lead to four.

The Sabers added three more runs in the fourth.

Central opened the inning with three-straight hits with the last one by Green knocking in Enyeart. Max Steffens added a sacrifice bunt before Lechtenberg drove in Henning and Green with a single.

That was more than enough support for Smith, who gave up just two singles and did not have a Hawk player reach third. The senior struck out nine batters and walked just three.

Thumann came in and pitched a perfect seventh inning in relief and had a strikeout of his own.

Enyeart and Green paced the Saber offense with two hits apiece, while six different Central players had one hit.

Green added two runs as well, while Lechtenberg and Thumann accounted for six of Central's seven RBIs.

The Sabers started their current winning streak by taking a pair of games from Marion in a home doubleheader, Thursday night.

The twinbill was dominated by Central's pitching staff, which allowed just six combined hits during the two games, which the Sabers took 3-1 and 8-1.

Central provided run support right away in game one with two runs in the bottom of the first.

Smith hit a one-out single and reached second on an error by the pitcher before taking third on a single by Thumann.

Thumann went to steal second and a subsequent error by the Marion catcher allowed Smith to come home and Thumann to scamper to third.

Sikkema was up next and brought in Thumann with a groundout to make it 2-0.

The advantage stayed at two until Marion got on the board in the fourth inning on a suicide squeeze.

Central, though, responded in the bottom of the frame with Sikkema drawing a walk and later scoring on an error.

That would prove to be the final run of the game as Central brought home a 3-1 win.

Sikkema picked up the win on the mound, allowing just two hits in five innings of work, while striking out five. Steffens was perfect in two innings of relief with two strikeouts.

Enyeart led the Saber offense with two hits, while Sikkema drove in one run and scored another.

Both teams opened the nightcap with runs in the first inning (the Sabers got theirs from Lechtenberg, who scored on a single by Thumann), but only Central was able to build onto their lead in an 8-1 win.

The Sabers broke the 1-1 tie with two runs in the third inning and then put the game away with four runs in the fourth.

Henning, Lucas Daniels, Green and Steffens all scored in the fourth inning with Lechtenberg driving in two runs and Smith and Sikkema adding RBIs of their own.

A final run in the sixth put the finishing touches on an 8-1 victory.

Steffens pitched the final five innings and earned the victory, while allowing two hits and striking out five. Green started the game and also allowed two hits, but Marion's first inning run gave him a no-decision.

Lechtenberg led the Sabers at the plate with three hits (including two doubles), while Henning and Smith both had two hits. Lechtenberg drove in two runs as well (Thumann also had two RBIs) and scored two more runs - the same number as Jake Maxwell.

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