The Ottumwa Courier


July 31, 2013

Championship hopes in high gear for second-ranked Sabers


Hard to believe all it took was a win over a three-time defending state champ to earn those believers. The Sabers have been among the best teams all season long with its win-loss record, having accumulated a 36-2 record which is the best mark among the 32 teams that made the trip to Des Moines in search of one of state baseball glory.

The Sabers have been ranked in the top five in the state throughout the summer, thanks to producing one of the best offensive and defensive combinations anywhere in Iowa. Twin Cedars led the Class 1A state tournament field with a .417 hitting percentage, 419 runs, 120 extra base hits, 86 doubles and 25 home runs.

Though it took nine innings on Friday night against the Blue Devils, and a fielding error to open the flood gates, Twin Cedars showed that explosiveness with a three-run inning that put an end to the Martensdale-St. Mary’s championship reign.

“When we get one run in, we just want to keep it going,” junior leadoff hitter Coy Moore said after producing a pair of RBI hits in the win over the Blue Devils. “We just want to keep on scoring.”

Moore is also part of the side of successful combination for the Sabers. With a stellar defense backing them up, Moore and sophomore Otis Roby have combined to go 23-1 on the mound this year with Roby moving to 12-0 on Friday after allowing one run on four hits over nine solid innings of work to dethrone the Blue Devils.

“Defense has played well behind me all year. It was big on Friday. It’s been big for us all year,” Roby said. “It makes it a lot easier to pitch out there.”

“Otis is a good pitcher. We know we’ll always have a chance whenever he’s on the mound,” Moore, who’s a not-so-shabby 11-1 himself on the hill, added.

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