Two seasons ago, the Central DeWitt softball team did not win a single game against the other teams in the WaMaC East.
Wednesday, the Sabers – including 10 players who saw action in that 2017 season – clinched their spot at the top of the division standings.
With senior pitcher Mya Cavanagh keeping West Delaware (ranked sixth in Class 4A) off the scoreboard, the Sabers (ranked 13th in 4A) made their lone run in the fourth inning hold up for a 1-0 win.
The victory coupled with a doubleheader sweep of Maquoketa on Monday, improved Central’s WaMaC East mark to 9-2 with just the second game with the Hawks left to play.
The other six teams in the division, meanwhile, had at least four divisional losses, helping the Sabers clinch the best divisional record in the East.
West Delaware did get a measure of revenge in the nightcap, scoring in four different innings to earn a split with a 6-1 victory.
After nearly breaking through in the third inning, where they had a pair of runners in scoring position, the Sabers notched the game’s only run of the opener in the fourth.
Senior Emily Swanson opened the frame with a double to deep center and ended up scoring the winning run on a single by Hannah Palzkill.
Cavanagh made sure the run held up, allowing just four Hawks hits in a complete-game shutout that featured seven strikeouts and just a single walk.
The Hawks picked up their own strong pitching performance in the nightcap as Emily Klostermann allowed just three Central hits in West Delaware’s 6-1 victory.
The doubleheader with the Hawks came two days after the Sabers took a pair of games from rival Maquoketa.
Central scored six runs over the final four innings of the opener for an 8-3 victory before Cavanagh tossed a one-hitter in the nightcap to finish off the sweep with a 5-0 victory.
The Sabers led 2-0 in the first game before steadily adding to their advantage late.
Morgan Machovec and Kenzie Rosenboom both had RBI-singles in the fourth inning,and Swanson opened the fifth inning with a solo home run to make it 5-0.
The Cardinals answered back with three runs in the bottom of the inning, but Rosenboom socked her own home run in the sixth inning and Swanson belted her second homer of the game in the seventh.
After individual runs in the third and fourth innings, Central (25-8 overall, 16-5 in WaMaC play) broke out in the nightcap with three runs in the sixth inning.
That was more than enough support for Cavanagh, who allowed just a single in the third inning and retired 13 of the final 14 batters she faced in her second victory of the night.