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7/10/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Central junior Marty Green slides safely into home as the ball bounces away from the Maquoketa catcher during the second game of a doubleheader between the two teams, Saturday afternoon. The Sabers won both games with the Cardinals, taking the first 4-1 and the second 10-7. Photos by Ross Eberhart
Central catcher Jake Thumann hits the ball during the Sabers’ sweep of Maquoketa on Saturday. The senior hit two home runs during Central’s two wins over then seventh-ranked Benton, Wednesday night. The two homers give Thumann seven on the year, the most in class 3A.
Saber boys keeps rolling, sweep three doubleheaders

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

A pair of long road trips could not cool down a red-hot Central baseball team.

The Sabers hit the road for a pair of doubleheaders against WaMaC West squads on Wednesday and Friday and swept them both.

Central got its bats going in Wednesday's twinbill with seventh-ranked Benton, piling up nearly 30 hits in 9-2 and 15-13 victories.

Two days later, the Sabers continued their offensive onslaught, this time against Independence, as the visitors picked up wins of 13-0 and 9-6.

The Sabers finished off their busy stretch with one final doubleheader on Saturday, this one coming at home against WaMaC East rival Maquoketa.

The change of scenery, though, did not change the desired results for Central, which improved to 21-4 in its last 25 games by taking two from the Cardinals, 4-1 and 10-7.

It actually took some time for the Sabers to get their offense going in the opener with Benton, and with four innings in the book, the Bobcats held a 2-1 lead.

Central, though, tied things up in the fifth, took the lead an inning later and then broke the game open with a big seventh inning.

Lucas Perdieu provided the big hit in the fifth as he doubled. Pinch runner Gage Fuller took his place on second and then provided his own lift by stealing third before Max Steffens drove him in with a single.

All it took was one swing to give the Sabers the lead as Jake Thumann led off the sixth inning by clubbing a home run and it was suddenly 3-2 Central.

The Bobcats went down in order in the bottom of the inning and the Sabers proceeded to push the lead out of reach with a six-run seventh inning.

Perdieu again set the wheels in motion with a one-out single and pinch runner, Jake Maxwell, was sacrificed over to second.

Benton looked like they might escape unscathed on a strikeout, but the third strike bounced away from the catcher and Austin Lechtenberg ended up reaching first on the play.

That play loomed especially large as four of the next five Saber batters (Grant Henning, Thumann, T.J. Sikkema and A.J. smith) singled, while Emmitt Enyeart coaxed a bases-loaded walk. The result was six runs and Central was on its way to a 9-2 win.

Perdieu, Smith and Thumann all had two hits in the game with five other Sabers accounting for one. One of Thumann's hits was the home run and the Saber both drove in and scored two runs.

Enyeart joined Thumann with two RBIs, while Henning also scored twice.

Steffens went the distance on the mound, spreading out six hits and allowing just two runs (only one was earned), while striking out five.

The nightcap was dominated by two big innings.

The Bobcats produced the first one, as they erased an early 2-1 Saber lead (Marty Green knocked in Sikkema with a single and then took part in a double steal to score Enyeart) with seven runs in the bottom of the second.

Now down by six, the Sabers quickly went to work, cutting the lead in half with three runs in the third before putting together its own big frame in the fourth.

Lucas Daniels drew a one-out walk in the latter inning and Lechtenberg singled. An error on the play moved both Sabers into scoring position and Henning cleared the bases with a double.

Henning, in turn, took third on a passed ball. That did not matter, though, as Thumann got hold of another Bobcat pitch and deposited it over the fence for a two-run home run that gave Central a 9-8 lead.

The Sabers were not done either. Sikkema followed up Thumann's blast with a walk and then earned a free pass to second after a balk.

Enyeart followed with a run-scoring double and it was 10-8. Smith kept the hit parade going with a single to score Enyeart before scoring the seventh and final run of the inning on a single by Green and Central was up by four.

Two Benton runs in the fifth kept things tense, but the Sabers answered with a run of their own in the sixth (Enyeart singled, stole second and then scored after two passed balls) and then two more in the seventh (Thumann plated Lechtenberg with a double and then scored on a single by Enyeart).

The Bobcats made one more push with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Central finished things off with a groundout.

Enyeart went 5-for-5 at the plate with four runs and three RBIs. Henning added three hits (including two doubles), two runs and two RBIs, while Green, Lechtenberg, Sikkema, Smith and Thumann all had two hits for the Sabers, who had 18 as a team.

Thumann scored three times and drove in three runs with Smith adding three RBIs of his own.

Maxwell earned the win in relief, allowing three runs in just over three innings of work, while striking out a batter.

The Sabers continued its roll at the plate during its doubleheader with Independence.

Central exploded for seven runs in the second inning of the opener and then added five more in the third for good measure in a 13-0 rout in the opener that lasted just five innings.

Eight different Sabers scored runs during the game with Thumann leading the way with three.

The senior added three hits as well with one of them being a triple. Smith added three hits of his own and cruised to a win on the mound, accumulating more strikeouts (five) than hits allowed (three).

Six Sabers - Enyeart, Green, Henning, Lechtenberg, Perdieu and Sikkema - had two hits during the game. Sikkema drove in three runs with Enyeart and Henning adding two RBIs apiece.

Central kept up the attack and plated five runs in the first two innings of the nightcap, but this time Independence found its own success at the plate and the Saber lead was just two.

The Mustangs, though, never were able to claim a lead in the game as the Sabers plated two runs in both the fourth and seventh innings to finish off the sweep with a 9-6 victory.

Thumann smacked two doubles and drove in four runs during the game with Green, Perdieu, Sikkema and Smith joining him with two hits.

Henning, meanwhile, scored a team-high three runs (and hit a triple), while Perdieu added two runs of his own.

Daniels earned the win on the mound, allowing six hits in six innings of work and fanning five batters (with no walks), while Thumann pitched the seventh.

The Sabers received another strong performance on the mound in game one of Saturday's doubleheader with Maquoketa.

This one came from Sikkema, who went the distance and surrendered just two Cardinal hits, while striking out seven batters in Central's 4-1 win.

The Sabers got on the board in the third as Ryan Burke reached on a fielder's choice and ultimately scored on a sacrifice fly by Henning and then created the deciding margin with a three-run fifth inning.

Lechtenberg got things started when he was hit by a pitch with one out, and the senior did not stay on the base paths long as Henning socked a triple.

Thumann, meanwhile, walked and a sacrifice bunt attempt by Sikkema resulted in an error, allowing Henning and Thumann to both score.

Maquoketa scored its lone run in the sixth, but Sikkema made sure the Sabers' lead definitely held up in a 4-1 win.

All seven Central hits came from a different batter with Henning driving in a team-high two runs.

The two teams traded leads throughout the nightcap and a three-run sixth inning put Maquoketa in front 7-6.

The Sabers, though, ended up having an even better sixth than the Cardinals as four Central runs created the difference in a 10-7 win.

Trailing by one, the Sabers opened the sixth with a walk by Steffens and Lechtenberg followed with a single. Maquoketa got its first out, but Thumann singled to load the bases.

This brought up Sikkema, who hit a towering shot to left. The ball ended up falling behind the backtracking left fielder and the bases cleared. Sikkema, meanwhile, slid into third with a triple.

Enyeart brought him in a batter later with a groundout and the Sabers were in front.

Smith set down the Cardinals in order in the seventh and Central had the sweep.

Lechtenberg and Thumann both had three hits in the game with the former scoring three runs and the latter two. Sikkema, Smith and Henning all had two hits with Sikkema bringing in four runs. Enyeart added two RBIs and so did Thumann.

Steffens earned the win after pitching the sixth inning and four Saber pitchers (Enyeart, Green, Smith and Steffens) combined for eight strikeouts.

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