TAMA — Playing in the middle of another busy stretch of doubleheaders, the Central DeWitt softball made sure to make quick work of hosting South Tama Wednesday.
The Sabers put up 10 runs in the first two innings of the opener with the Trojans and then topped themselves in the nightcap, scoring 11 times in the first inning alone.
The result was a pair of big victories — a 14-0 shutout in game one and a 16-2 rout in game two.
Central DeWitt pounded out 15 hits in the opener, including six that went for extra bases.
The Sabers hammered three home runs. Junior Talbot Kinney slugged two of them, while Ava Morris belted one of her own. Kinney drove in a team-high five runs, while Morris paced the Sabers with four runs scored.
Morris also had three hits, tied with Morgan Machovec for the team lead, and drove in three runs, the same number as Hannah Palzkill.
Paige Owens and Drew Anderson each had two hits, while Keeley Jansen surrendered a single hit in five innings of work, fanning four batters along the way.
Central DeWitt piled up 12 more hits in the nightcap and hurt the Trojans in other ways by coaxing three walks, getting hit by two pitches and reaching safely on two errors.
Machovec, Palzkill, Morris, Kinney and Anderson all had two hits and combined for four doubles and a triple.
Machovec, Palzkill, Morris, Kinney, Jansen and Owens all scored twice, and every single Sabers batter scored at least once in the game.
Palzkill and Anderson both had three RBIs with Kinney and Owens coming up with two. McKenzie Fischer earned the victory on the mound, allowing just three South Tama hits.
The meeting with the Trojans was supposed to cap a run of three straight doubleheaders but ended up being the midpoint of the stretch, as Monday’s twin bill with Solon (3A No. 14) was moved to Thursday.
The two WaMaC East foes traded scores in the opener, but a sequence of seven unanswered runs gave the Spartans the separation they needed in an 11-6 win.
The Spartans jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Sabers cut the margin down to one — Owens and Alyssa Eden both drove in runs in the second inning, while an Owens double in the third made it 4-3.
Solon, though, scored twice in the bottom of the third and then five big runs in the fourth to make it 11-3.
The Sabers struck for three more runs in the sixth — Machovec, Palzkill, Kinney and Owens all had hits during the frame — but it was not enough to reel in the Spartans.
Owens went 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and four RBIs. Eden, Machovec, Kinney and Jansen each had two hits, while courtesy runner Lilly Fuglsang scored three runs.
The two teams traded zeros on the scoreboard for the first three innings of the nightcap.
Solon, though, eventually broke through, scoring eight runs over the next three innings to claim an 8-1 win.
The Sabers had five hits. Owens stayed hot at the plate, coming up with three of them, all doubles, and the team’s run.
Eden hit her own double, while Morris chipped in a single.
Central DeWitt opened the week Tuesday with a non-conference doubleheader with future MAC foe North Scott.
The Lancers, ranked second in Class 4A, used three big innings — capped by an eight-run fifth frame — to take the opener 15-4 and then kept the Sabers off the scoreboard in the nightcap, a 3-0 win.
All 15 of North Scott’s runs in game one came in just three innings.
The Sabers had their own big frame — a three-run fourth that included a home run by Palzkill and four other hits — but the Lancers scored three runs in the bottom of the inning and then eight runs in the fifth to clinch the win.
Morris was 3-for-3 with a run scored. Machovec, Palzkill, Kinney, Jansen, Anderson and Owens added individual hits, including Palzkill’s homer.
The runs were harder to come by in the nightcap, but individual runs by the Lancers in the first, third and fifth innings gave them the 3-0 victory.
Eden had two of the Sabers’ six hits, while Machovec, Morris, Kinney and Grace Pierce added their own hits.
Owens and Fischer, meanwhile, combined to allow just seven North Scott hits.