Sabers pitchers keep Indians, Hawks under wraps-Garrett Finley

Central DeWitt senior Garrett Finley fires a pitch during the first game of the Sabers’ doubleheader with West Delaware Tuesday. Finley surrendered just three hits and a single run against the Hawks in a 4-1 victory. It was the third time in two days that Central pitchers had allowed just a single run and the Sabers would do it again in the nightcap to earn a sweep.

One, according to the band Three Dog Night, is the loneliest number, but it is working just fine for the Central DeWitt baseball team.

Facing a pair of WaMaC East squads on back-to-back nights, the third-ranked Sabers stayed perfect, sweeping fifth-ranked Marion, 2-1 and 5-1, on Monday and then West Delaware, 4-1 and 6-1, on Tuesday.

Limiting its opponents to a single run has been a common feat for Central, the Sabers have allowed just one run in eight straight games and 10 times overall as part of their 13-0 start.

The Sabers’ closest game came in its first contest Monday as Central scored individual runs in the first and second innings, and senior pitcher Lucas Bixby made sure they held up in a 2-1 victory.

The visiting Sabers struck right away. Lead-off hitter Devin Hurdle singled and was sacrificed over to second by Alex McAleer.

Garrett Finley followed with a single to left, which, coupled with a Marion error, brought in Hurdle to make it 1-0.

The Sabers struck again in the second as Nolan Haack slammed a big two-out double to plate Drew Eden.

Bixby did the rest, limiting the Indians to a single run in the fourth and striking out 12 batters.

The Sabers picked up two hits apiece from Finley, Jake Swanson, and Haack, while Hurdle and Eden provided the runs.

Central broke a 1-1 tie in the nightcap. Luke Anderson opened the fourth inning with a triple and scored moments later on a single by Tucker Kinney.

Later in the frame, Haack followed back-to-back singles with a sacrifice fly to drive in Swanson and make it 3-1.

The Sabers tacked on two more runs in the seventh for good measure. Hurdle opened the inning by reaching on an error and scored on a groundout, while Kinney later singled to plate McAleer.

Kinney was the lone Saber with multiple hits and the junior matched Finley with two RBIs. Hurdle scored twice in the win.

McAleer, meanwhile, went the distance to earn the victory, allowing just three hits and the single run, while fanning seven batters.

A day later, the Sabers were on their home field for a make-up doubleheader with the Hawks.

West Delaware scored an early run in the opener, but Central jumped in front with two runs in the third – Hurdle doubled and scored on a Finley single, while McAleer added his own run on a squeeze bunt by Bixby – and added individual runs in the fourth and fifth for the victory.

Swanson provided the run in the fourth, singling to open the frame and advancing to third on a flyout and groundout before coming home on a wild pitch.

Finley reached on an error to start the fifth inning and Bixby doubled to deep left before Anderson brought in Finley’s courtesy runner, Henry Bloom, with a sacrifice fly.

Finley shook off the early run – which was unearned – to earn the victory. The senior allowed just three hits, all singles, and recorded a strikeout.

Central never trailed in the nightcap after scoring twice in the second inning – Bixby scored on a wild pitch, while Swanson plated Anderson with a single.

The Sabers steadily added to their lead, scoring individual runs in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to capture their 13th victory.

The Hawks scored their lone run in the third, but Central pitcher Boomer Johnson prevented any further damage, getting out of a bases-loaded situation with a pair of pop-ups.

Johnson went six innings and allowed four hits, while Kinney handled the seventh, striking out a pair of Hawks.

Hurdle, Finley, and Anderson each had two hits with Hurdle scoring twice, Finley driving in two runs, and Anderson both scoring and driving in a run.