The Central DeWitt softball team was at its best late in both games of Monday’s WaMaC doubleheader with Clear Creek-Amana.
And thanks to their five combined runs in the sixth inning, the Sabers can call themselves the WaMaC’s best, too.
Central erased a 2-1 deficit with two runs in the sixth inning of the opener — a 3-2 victory — and then broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the sixth during the nightcap to complete the sweep with a 5-2 win.
The two victories made the Sabers 18-5 against WaMaC foes, the top record in the conference.
Central was forced to rally right away in the opener as the Clippers plated a pair of runs in the first inning.
The Sabers got a run back in the second inning when Emily Swanson scored on Ava Morris’ hit, but still trailed by one heading to the sixth.
Morgan Machovec, though, opened the bottom of the inning with a single and scored moments later on a double by Kenzie Rosenboom.
Mya Cavanagh moved Rosenboom to third with a sacrifice and Swanson socked her own double to bring in Rosenboom for the winning run.
Cavanagh struck out a pair of Clippers in the seventh to finish off the victory. The senior struck out eight batters overall and retired 12 of the final 13 batters she faced.
Talbot Kinney led the Sabers with three hits, while Swanson had two. Rosenboom and Swanson both scored and drove in runs in the victory.
The two teams traded individual runs early in the nightcap. Both squads scored in the third — Payton Preston provided Central’s run —while the Clippers struck again in the fourth and the Sabers tied it in the fifth on a run by Machovec.
That brought the game to the sixth inning and, again, the Sabers broke through.
Hannah Palzkill led off the frame with a double and scored right away on Alyssa Eden’s hit.
Katie Fox added a single and Machovec plated Eden with her own hit, before Rosenboom drove in a third run when her groundout allowed Fox to score.
That made it 5-2 and freshman Keeley Jansen stranded a pair of Clear Creek-Amana batters in the seventh to finish off the win (Jansen matched her two runs allowed with a pair of strikeouts).
Machovec went 4-for-4 at the plate with a run and an RBI. Palzkill added three hits and her own run, while Fox, Eden, and Preston also scored for the Sabers, whose 27 regular season victories (Central is 27-8) are the most for the program since 2005.