Central DeWitt splits with Comets, Falcons

Sabers pitcher Boomer Johnson fires a pitch during Thursday’s 10-3 victory over Bellevue. Johnson allowed six hits and two runs in six innings of work, while striking out a career-high 10 batters.

BELLEVUE — With its WaMaC title wrapped up, the Central DeWitt baseball team finished off a busy week with a pair of non-conference road trips.

Thursday, the Sabers were in Bellevue for a matchup with the Comets.

Locked in a close game early, Central broke out late, scoring three runs in the fifth inning and then five in the seventh to pull away for a 10-3 victory.

The Comets struck first with a run in the bottom of the opening frame, but the lead was short-lived.

The Sabers, in fact, tied things up just two batters in to the second inning, as Jake Swanson singled, stole second, and scored from there on a single by Lucas Bixby.

An inning later, Central pulled in front when Devin Hurdle scored on Garrett Finley’s shallow fly ball to right.

It was still 2-1 until the fifth when the Sabers used three hits, a walk, and a sacrifice fly to plate three runs and go up 5-1.

Bellevue scored its own run in the bottom of the inning, but Central put things away for good in the seventh, using six different singles to plate five runs.

The Sabers finished with 14 hits, picking up nearly half of them from Swanson and Bixby, who had three apiece (the former scored two runs, the latter drove in three).

Hurdle and Tucker Kinney both had two hits and joined Swanson with two runs.

Boomer Johnson earned the victory, logging six innings and allowing six hits and two runs, while striking out a career-high 10 hitters.

A day later, the Sabers headed south for its sixth game in five days — a non-conference date with Davenport West.

Central jumped out to a two-run lead, but a bases-clearing triple spurred a four-run fifth inning for the Falcons, who came away with a 5-2 victory.

After producing hits in each of their first two innings, the Sabers broke a scoreless tie in the third.

Alex McAleer drove in Henry Bloom from second with his two-out single before scoring a second run, moments later, on a single by Finley.

In an omen of things to come, however, West cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning, thanks to a triple and a groundout.

Two innings later, the Falcons loaded the bases and hit a second triple to clear them. The three runs put West in front 4-2 and the hosts finished the scoring with an RBI-single.

Swanson and Bloom both had two hits to lead the Sabers (31-2) with the latter also scoring a run. McAleer, meanwhile, both scored and drove in a run.

Sabers to start postseason Friday

The last of the area’s summer teams to start the postseason, the Sabers will open 3A District 7 action with a semifinal game against Anamosa Friday — first pitch slated for 7 p.m..

A former WaMaC East foe, the Blue Raiders went 9-23 in their first season in the River Valley North. It will be the first meeting this season between the two teams.

The winner of that semifinal will be back in action Monday in the finals of the district, playing the winner of Independence and West Delaware.

The Sabers faced both squads during WaMaC action, sweeping the Hawks and winning the first game of a doubleheader with the Mustangs (the second game was called off due to rain).

The 3A Substate 4 final is set for Wednesday and will match the District 7 champion with the District 8 titlist.

Dubuque Wahlert earned the top-seed in District 8, while Maquoketa is the second seed.