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July 11, 2014

Sabers complete perfect regular season

Bussey — The Twin Cedars Saber baseball team finishes the 2014 regular season with a perfect 29-0 record. Without a moment's hesitation, the team's focus goes to the postseason, and its new record of 0-0. 

The Sabers finished the regular season Friday night with a 3-0 win over Class 3-A Oskaloosa. It was a tough battle for the Sabers as they faced Indians' ace Nick Rutledge. Rutledge came in to the game with a 7-2 record with 46 strikeouts. Opposing batters hit only .217 against him. 

Twin Cedars was able to load the bases in the bottom of the first, but were unable to capitalize. The bottom of the second did not go well for the Sabers, as Collin Still squeezed a single in among three strikeouts. 

While Rutledge was challenging the Sabers' offense, Twin Cedars' Coy Moore was doing the same to the Indians. Moore gave up only one hit and struck out four in five innings' work. The humidity in the air provided an extra challenge. 

"I was having trouble gripping the ball sometimes," Moore said. 

The Sabers were able to get on the board in the bottom of the third. Corey Harrell was able to reach on a fielder's choice before Hunter Embray stepped to the plate. Embray socked a surefire strike to left field. The crowd was on the edge of their seats as the ball took its time to get past the Indians' outfielder before safely landing over the fence to put the Sabers up, 2-0. 

Brent Parker followed that up with a single, before a scary moment for the Sabers. Left fielder Drew Carlson bounced a hard hit ball off of his foot. Unable to run to first, Rutledge easily fielded the ball and threw him out. Parker hobbled a bit before going to the ground, appearing to grasp his ankle. 

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