It was a season to remember for the Central DeWitt softball team.
A veteran Sabers squad reached a 4A regional final, won more games than any Central team since 2005 and joined that 2005 team by winning a WaMaC title.
And as a result of that success, a handful of Sabers were honored with spots on all-district and all-conference squads.
Central’s battery of senior pitcher Mya Cavanagh and sophomore catcher Talbot Kinney both landed on the Iowa Girls Coaches Association 4A Northeast All-District team.
Half a dozen Sabers, meanwhile, were selected to the All-WaMaC East team.
That included a division-best three first-team selections in Cavanagh (one of two pitchers honored), sophomore outfielder Morgan Machovec and senior Kenzie Rosenboom, who was a utility pick.
Kinney earned her own utility spot on the second team, while senior Emily Swanson and freshman Keeley Jansen both garnered honorable mention accolades.
The Sabers’ leader in innings in each of the past four seasons, Cavanagh had her best season in the pitching circle this summer.
The senior went 9-3 in conference action and allowed just nine earned runs in nearly 77 innings of work — good for a 0.82 ERA, tops in the division — while striking out 80 batters.
Cavanagh won 13 games overall and posted a 1.26 ERA with a career-best 122 strikeouts.
The senior added 28 hits at the plate — three of them doubles — drove in 11 runs and scored seven more.
The Sabers’ leader in hits this summer was Kinney, who piled up 50 of them, while batting .394.
The sophomore tied for the team lead with 12 doubles and socked seven home runs, while driving in 42 runs (Kinney scored eight runs as well).
Behind the plate, Kinney allowed just 11 stolen bases and she matched that number by throwing out 11 potential base stealers.
Just behind Kinney in hits was Machovec, who racked up 48 in 132 at-bats, good for a .364 average.
Forty-six of those hits were singles — Machovec also had two doubles — but the sophomore did not stay on first long, stealing a team-high 16 bases.
That helped Machovec, who led Sabers outfielders with 50 defensive put-outs, score a team-high 38 runs.
One of those batters who often brought Machovec home was Rosenboom, who paced the Sabers with 48 RBIs.
More than half — 27 — of those RBIs came during conference play and the Saber senior scored 28 runs overall.
Almost half of Rosenboom’s 41 hits went for extra bases as she belted 10 doubles and 11 home runs — the latter total ranked third in all of Class 4A.
A strong defender, Rosenboom led the Sabers with 94 defensive assists and added 36 put-outs.
The target for most of Rosenboom’s assists was Swanson, the Sabers’ first baseman.