BUSSEY — The top-ranked Twin Cedars baseball team wasted no time imposing its collective will on Southeast Warren in the Class 1A, District 12 semifinals Thursday.
The Sabers unleashed an offensive onslaught on Warhawks picture Lance Hoch that that left them with a 6-0 lead after one inning on their way to picking up a 10-0 victory in game that only took six innings to complete.
"The team came out early today and jumped on them quick and showed our dominance as a team and that was really big today," Twin Cedars' Brent Parker said.
Saber coach Matt Miller said getting early runs can play an important role in postseason success.
"We don't talk about that much in the regular season [scoring runs early], but in the postseason it's emphasized a lot more," the coach said. "There is an added sense of pressure with some kids and once you get up early it kind of loosens the people up a little bit. So that was a huge start for us."
The pinnacle of the Sabers' six-run surge came when Parker slammed a two-run double. Drew Carlson also contributed to the offensive barrage with an RBI single. Twin Cedars went on to score three more runs in the second to grow to take a 9-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Coy Moore took care of business for the Sabers on the pitchers' mound. Looking relaxed and in control, Moore rendered the Warhawks' bats relatively silent. For example, in the top of the fourth, Moore cajoled two Southeast Warren batters to hit a pair of meek infield pop-ups before he ended the inning with a strikeout.
Not satisfied with his pitching dominance, Moore slammed a double off the middle of the wall in the bottom of the fifth. But, much to his credit, Warhawk pitcher TJ Dierking, showing an ample supply mental toughness, managed to navigate around the hit and end the inning without yielding a run to the Sabers.