CONRAD – On Friday afternoon, the Central DeWitt softball team made its debut in the Class 4A state rankings.
The Sabers spent the rest of their weekend living up to the accolade.
Competing once on Friday and twice on Saturday, the Sabers – ranked 15th in Class 4A – went a perfect 3-0 at the David Lee Classic hosted by BCLUW.
The freshly-ranked Sabers had little trouble with South Hardin Friday, plating 12 runs in a 12-0 rout that lasted just three innings.
Freshman pitcher Hannah VanderHeiden sat down all nine Tigers she faced for a perfect game. Five of the outs came on strikeouts.
The Sabers offense, meanwhile, pounded out 11 hits, picking up two apiece from Talbot Kinney, Emily Swanson, Kenzie Rosenboom, and Payton Preston.
Both of Rosenboom’s hits were doubles and she was one of four Sabers – Katie Fox, Morgan Machovec, and Swanson joined her – to score twice.
Kinney drove in a team-high four runs, while Hannah Palzkill had three RBIs, and Swanson, who clubbed her own double, had two.
The Sabers were back on the diamond Saturday morning for a matchup with Gilbert.
Already up 5-1, Central broke open its eventual 13-3 victory with a seven-run fifth inning.
Mya Cavanagh opened the frame with a single and Rosenboom followed with a double.
Everybody was safe on a fielder’s choice by Keeley Jansen, scoring Cavanagh, and Palzkill followed with a single to plate Rosenboom.
A Preston hit brought in another run and two more Sabers scored before Swanson finished the big inning with a two-run single.
Central scored another run in the sixth for good measure to create the final 10-run margin.
This time, the Sabers clobbered 17 hits, picking up three apiece from Fox, Swanson, and Rosenboom.
Rosenboom belted two more doubles and Swanson drove in four runs, while Machovec scored three times (Rosenboom and Colleen Klostermann both scored twice).
Jansen earned the victory, spreading out eight hits and allowing three runs – just a single one earned – while striking out a pair of batters.
The Sabers finished their perfect weekend by breaking an early tie against Marshalltown in a 7-2 victory.
It was 1-1 when Central went ahead for good with a four-run third inning.
The Sabers did all of their damage in the frame with two outs.
Emily Swanson broke the tie with a double to plate Fox and Cavanagh walked before Rosenboom slammed a pitch over the fence for a three-run home run (because the two teams played on a recreation field, rather than BCLUW’s home diamond, the fences were deeper than most prep parks).
The home run – Rosenboom’s sixth extra-base hit of the tournament – made it 5-1 and the Sabers tacked on two more runs in the fourth (Kinney drove in Fox and Machovec with a single) to finish off the win.
Fox and Rosenboom both finished with two hits and two runs, with the latter also driving in three runs.
Kinney added two RBIs and Cavanagh earned the victory, allowing just four hits in six innings of work while allowing two runs – one earned – and striking out two batters.