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home : sports : sports Friday, April 29, 2016

7/17/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Members of the Central infield — (from left) Abby Johnson, Katie Irwin, Morgan Oldsen, Kalyn Bowen, Brooke Posey and Jessica Machovec — talk things over during a game with Anamosa earlier this season. The Sabers saw their season come to an end, Saturday night, as third-ranked Solon used a five-run first inning to take control of the game in an eventual 9-1 win in a 4A regional semifinal. Photos by Ross Eberhart
Solon's quick start too much for Sabers to overcome

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

Taking on a Solon squad itching to get its postseason started after finishing as a state runner-up last summer, the Central softball team knew how important a quick start would be in Saturday's regional semifinal between the two teams.

And the game did indeed feature a strong start, it just did not happen to be by the Sabers.

Instead, it was the Spartans who secured the early momentum, scoring five runs in the first inning to put Central in an early hole.

Solon kept up the pressure as well, adding to its lead with two runs in the third and then individual runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

The Sabers were able to score its own run in the in third inning, but that proved to be all of the team's scoring in a 9-1 setback that ended Central's campaign.

Facing an uphill climb after the Spartans' big first inning, Central was able to get its offense going in the third. Jessica Machovec kicked things off with a hit and Katie Irwin followed with one of her own to put runners on first and second.

Solon got two-straight outs, but the second came on a long fly-ball to right by Brooke Posey that allowed Machovec to tag up and reach third.

Morgan Oldsen followed with a hit right up the middle and the Sabers were on the board.

Central, though, found the hits harder to come by for the remainder of the game as Solon starter Emily Ira kept the Saber bats at bay.

Ira's pitching coupled with the Spartans' powerful offense proved to be too lethal of a combination for Central to overcome, and Solon earned the victory.

Editor's note: I was unable to attend the game due to a family matter and additional information was unavailable at press time. A more complete game recap will be featured in Saturday's Observer.

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