Bussey — The Twin Cedars Sabers baseball team won their home opener Wednesday night, downing the Southeast Warren Warhawks 8-2.
Both teams' bats were mostly quiet through the first three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, with one out, Corey Harrell and Hunter Embray drew back-to-back walks. When the next batter struck out, it looked as though these Sabers would be stranded, until Brent Parker was able to reach on an error by the shortstop to load the bases.
Drew Carlson then stepped up to the plate. Carlson had already been doing his job on the mound by keeping the Warhawks off of the scoreboard. After a long battle at the plate, Carlson nailed a shot to left on a 3-2 pitch to drive in the Sabers' first two runs.
Trace Embray followed up with his own RBI single to left, to leave runners on the corners. Coy Moore drew another walk to load the bases. The Warhawks sent another Twin Cedars run across the plate when Garret Pettyjohn got his own free pass to first.
The Pettyjohn walk was enough for the Warhawks to pull their starting pitcher. With a 4-0 lead, Otis Roby stepped to the plate to face the reliever. Roby drove a double to right center to clear the bases and bring the Sabers' lead to 7-0. The Warhawks got out of the inning on a fielder's choice.
Carlson faced four more batters, striking out two, walking one and hitting one with a pitch. Coach Matt Miller chose to bring Collin Still on in relief. Carlson allowed no runs, no hits, struck out six and walked four.
Still shut the Warhawks down, then kicked off the bottom of the fifth with a double to right. He advanced to third on a passed ball. Carlson drove him in on a sacrifice fly to bring the score to 8-0.
In the same inning, Spencer McCarty and Moore drew walks. Each also racked up a stolen base.
Southeast Warren tried to get something going in the top of the seventh. Two of the first three batters were able to reach on errors, and they were driven in later in the inning to bring the final score to 8-2.
The Sabers are scheduled to travel to Murray tonight.