CLINTON — The Central DeWitt softball team’s first two Mississippi Athletic Conference doubleheaders ended with different results last week.
The Sabers lit up the scoreboard during Monday’s visit to Clinton, scoring in six different innings of a 14-3 victory in the opener and then erupting for 10 runs in one inning of the nightcap, a 14-2 rout that lasted just three innings.
Three days later, it was hosting Bettendorf, ranked 14th in Class 5A, who swung the hot bats.
The Bulldogs tallied a total of 29 runs over the two games to claim a twin bill sweep, 13-2 and 16-5.
The Sabers steadily built their lead in Monday’s opener with the River Queens, scoring two runs in each of the first five innings.
Central DeWitt then capped off their victory with a four-run seventh inning that ended with a two-run home run for senior Talbot Kinney.
The Sabers had 16 hits in the victory, nearly half of them coming from the duo of Morgan Machovec and Ava Morris.
Morris had four hits, including a triple, matched them with four RBIs and scored three runs herself. Machovec added three hits and scored a team-high four runs.
Kathryn Grau and Ashli Bossom added two hits apiece, while Kinney drove in three runs and scored twice. Isabelle Pierce added two RBIs, while Megan Clark scored twice.
Paige Owens earned the victory on the mound, allowing just five hits in seven innings of work, while striking out nine batters.
Clinton struck first in the nightcap, but the Sabers’ answer was their 10-run inning.
The first 10 Central DeWitt batters reached safely to start the frame and all 10 scored.
Kinney led off the inning and scored twice before helping end things early with her second home run in as many games: a three-run shot that finished the scoring in the Sabers’ 12-run victory.
The visitors tallied 13 more hits with Kinney socking a team-high three, while driving in five runs and scoring three more.
Morris added two hits, both of them doubles, and had a hand in five runs — three RBIs and two runs scored.
Ella Krukow also collected two hits and matched them with both two RBIs and two runs. Pierce also scored twice, while Fayeth Henningsen drove in two runs.
McKenzie Fischer earned the victory, allowing just four hits, while Grau pitched a hitless third inning.
The Sabers started strong in the nightcap of Thursday’s doubleheader with Bettendorf.
Machovec and Morris both turned hits into runs in the first inning — the former scored on the latter’s single, while Morris scored on a groundout by Owens — and the Sabers struck for three more runs in second inning.
Pierce had the big hit in the frame, slugging a two-out double before scoring from second on a single by Morris.
That made it 5-0 Sabers, but the Bulldogs evened things right away in the bottom of the second inning and never slowed down for the victory.
Morris went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs. Pierce drove in two runs as well while joining Machovec, Morris, Drew Anderson and Fischer with runs.
Three doubles — one apiece from Machovec, Kinney and Owens — in the fourth inning gave the Sabers both of their runs (from Machovec and Kinney) in the opener.
It was one of a team-high two hits for Kinney, who also doubled in the second inning.
The Sabers closed their week by taking part in the Maquoketa Invitational, but a pair of early deficits spoiled the team’s Saturday.
Central DeWitt had begun to eat into Clear Creek-Amana’s 6-0 lead in the tourney opener when the time limit ended the game after five innings, giving the Clippers a 6-4 win.
The Sabers struck first in their second game against the hosting Cardinals, but Maquoketa scored in each of the first three frames to grab a 5-2 victory in four-and-a-half innings.
Held without a hit in its first three innings against Clear Creek-Amana, Central DeWitt broke out in the fourth.
Three straight hits early in the frame — singles by Morris, Owens and Henningsen — produced an early run, while a fourth single by Anderson loaded the bases.
Clark kept things rolling when her two-out hit skipped off the third baseman’s glove to plate Lilly Fuglsang (running for Owens) and Machovec made it 6-3 when her single scored Henningsen.
The Sabers got even closer in the fifth when Owens belted a solo home run over the fence in left, but the Clippers got out of the inning without further damage and the time limit prevented the start of a new frame.
The Sabers wasted little time against the Cardinals: Machovec led off the game with a single, stole second and third and scored on a single by Morris.
A pair of errors, meanwhile, helped Morris advance all the way to third, where she added a second run on a passed ball.
The Cardinals, though, matched the Sabers’ two runs in the bottom of the inning, then took the lead in the third before adding two insurance runs in the third.
Central DeWitt threatened in the fifth, getting a pair of players in scoring position, but could not add to their early scores.
Morris had a pair of hits and a hand in both of the Sabers’ runs — she drove in Machovec for the first and scored the second — while Machovec, Kinney and Clark also had hits.