It was a night that the Twin Cedars Baseball team would just as soon forget. Tuesday night, July 16, the Sabers tangled with the Cardinals of Central Decatur in sizzling heat on a hard baked ball diamond at Moravia.
Just last week the Sabers had dealt the Cardinals an 8-3 loss, but on this night everything went the way of the Cardinals in a 10-0 five inning affair.
Things looked good for the Sabers in the top of the first inning when Zach Peterson and Kade Dunkin each singled to start the game. But the scene suddenly became sour when Peterson was cut down trying to score on a wild pitch and then the next two batters went down on strikes.
Using that momentum, the Cards jumped on the Sabers for four runs in the bottom of the first. Two walks, a hit batsman, two errors and a pair of hits produced four tallies.
Neither team would threaten in the second inning, but in the third the Cardinals were back in business. Four walks, two hits and another Saber error resulted in four runs and an 8-0 Central Decatur lead.
Meanwhile Twin Cedars could do nothing against the slants of David Walker and Michael Evertson as the pair allowed only three hits, walked three and fanned four.
The Cardinals scored one more in the fourth and then walked off with a run in the bottom of the fifth that set the final score at 10-0.
“We just couldn’t get anything going,” a disappointed Saber Coach Mark Schroeder said after the game. “We lost any momentum we had on that play at the plate in the first inning and we just couldn’t get it back. That is one play I would like to have back. We had several things contribute to the loss. One was that we had trouble finding the strike zone and two, we failed to make routine plays. We just got ourselves into a hole we couldn’t get out of.”
The only other Saber hit besides the singles by Peterson and Dunkin was a fifth inning single by Brock Denburger. Dunkin started on the hill and absorbed the loss while Peterson and Brayden Denburger came on in relief.
The Sabers finish the season with a 13-13 record and will say goodbye to seniors Brock Denburger and Daniel Beary.