CENTER POINT – The busiest week of the Central DeWitt softball team’s season got off to a winning start Monday night.
Playing the first of three doubleheaders in as many days, the Sabers took both games of a twin bill with WaMaC West squad Center Point-Urbana Monday night.
With its offense pouring on 19 runs and its pitchers allowing just a single Stormin’ Pointers run, Central had little trouble in 10-0 and 9-1 victories.
The Sabers scored in four of the five innings they batted in the opener.
The visitors took advantage of miscues early, jumping out to a 4-0 lead after three innings, and doing so with just two hits.
That advantage doubled in the fifth. Katie Fox and Talbot Kinney opened the inning with back-to-back singles and both scored (courtesy runner Colleen Klostermann for Kinney) on an error and a passed ball, respectively.
Morgan Machovec reached and later scored on two Pointers’ errors before Grace Pierce – running for Mya Cavanagh after she doubled – tacked on a final run after a single by Keeley Jansen.
Fox and Kinney struck again in the sixth. Both players hit doubles and Fox and Klostermann both scored again to help the Sabers end the game an inning early.
Kinney, Machovec, and Fox all had two hits. Machovec drove in four runs, while Klostermann scored four times (Fox and Pierce both scored two runs and Payton Preston had two RBIs).
Cavanagh kept the Center Point-Urbana bats in check, allowing just a single hit in six innings of work, while striking out four. Hannah VanderHeiden took care of the final inning.
A strong start helped the Sabers sweep as Central plated six runs in the first two innings of game two.
Kenzie Rosenboom drove in Klostermann with a single in the first and then scored on a Pointers’ error to put the Sabers up 2-0, and Central answered Center Point-Urbana’s lone run of the doubleheader with four more runs in the second.
Fox got things rolling with a one-out single and Kinney walked before Machovec doubled to bring in a run.
Klostermann added a second run on a fielder’s choice, while Machovec made it 5-1 on Emily Swanson’s sacrifice fly.
Cavanagh followed with a single to score Rosenboom and the Sabers were on their way to a victory.
Central pounded out 15 hits in the game with Cavanagh leading the way with three. Jansen, Hannah Palzkill and Fox all had two hits, while Rosenboom scored twice and drove in two runs (Cavanagh led the way with three RBIs).
Jansen went the distance on the mound, spreading out four hits and allowing a single unearned run, while striking out four batters.
The Sabers were back on the road a day later for a non-conference doubleheader with Davenport Assumption – the top-ranked team in Class 3A.
The Knights kept the Sabers’ bats quiet in a 6-0 victory in the opener and even when Central was able to get its offense going in the nightcap – it had eight hits – it still had a tough time scoring in a 10-1 setback.
The Sabers were limited to a pair of singles in the opener – one by Kinney, the other by Fox – and Assumption scored five of its six runs in a two-inning burst.
Central struck first in game two. Machovec hit a single with one out in the first inning, stole second, and then scored on an Ava Morris single.
The Sabers produced base runners in four of the next five innings as well, but were unable to add to their run.
Jansen had a pair of singles in the game, while Kinney, Machovec, Morris, Cavanagh, Preston and Fox also had hits (Kinney’s hit was a double).
The Sabers – who are set to compete in a two-day tournament this weekend – finished the start of their busy stretch Wednesday with their home opener against Williamsburg.
Excited to finally play on its home diamond, Central scored four early runs in a 6-2 victory in the opener, but the Raiders spoiled the nightcap by scoring 10 unanswered runs in a 10-1 win.
The Sabers opened the first game in style as Kinney slugged a two-run home run, scoring herself and Fox in the bottom of the first.
Central added a third run in the inning – Swanson and Cavanagh both singled while Rosenboom walked to load the bases before Palzkill drove in Swanson with a single – and then scored a fourth in the second when Machovec singled and scored on a Swanson sacrifice fly.
Two final runs in the seventh, Fox drove in Preston with a triple and then scored on a Kinney hit, put the finishing touches on the victory.
Central had 14 hits in the victory. Kinney led the way with three and matched that number with three RBIs. Fox, Swanson, Cavanagh, and Palzkill all had two hits with Fox scoring twice and Palzkill belting a triple.
Cavanagh earned the victory, allowing just five hits and two runs, while fanning seven.
The Sabers scored right away in the nightcap, too. Rosenboom hit a two-out single and scored from first on a double by Swanson.
Central, though, would not score again despite additional doubles from Palzkill, Jansen, and Kinney.
Williamsburg, meanwhile, pulled even in the fourth inning, took the lead in the fifth and then pulled away late, scoring eight runs over the final two frames to force the doubleheader split.