MORAVIA — The 33-2, Class 1A second-ranked Twin Cedars baseball team scored in every inning on the way to the 15-0, four inning win in District 10 semifinal baseball play Thursday night in Moravia. The Sabers won all three meetings between the two teams this season.
The win is part of another Saber winning streak.
“From the very first time it (our ranking) came up, we addressed it as a team. We have stressed confidence in ourselves and never talked about it again,” said Twin Cedars coach Matt Miller.
Twin Cedars opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Otis Roby got the Sabers started with a one-out double. Corey Harrell and Brent Parker had back to back doubles to score two runs and Drew Carlson singled in the third.
M-U threatened in the second. Zack Boettcher reached on an error to start the inning and when David Sheets followed with a single, the Eagles had runners at first and second with nobody out. The next three hitters went down in order to end the at bat.
Twin Cedars added four runs in the second to go up 7-0.
Collin Still opened with a base hit and then Levi Jones and Coy Moore turned two perfectly placed bunts into infield hits to load the bases.
Roby’s second hit drove in two and Hunter Embray picked up the first of his four RBIs with a sacrifice fly. The fourth run scored on an Eagle error.
M-U had their final base runner in the top of the third, as Kalen Martsching drew a one-out walk. He would be thrown out stealing second and Moore recorded his third strikeout to end the inning.
With two outs in the third, the Sabers picked up three more on a three run home run by Embray.
“It was a curve ball and I picked it up early,” said Embray. “It’s easier to hit when we’re all hitting.”
The inning might have been bigger if not for an outstanding play by Martsching at short. He went deep in the hole to field a ball that bad-hopped the third baseman and his strong throw nipped the Saber at first.
“There are certain things that happen that you just can’t prepare for,” said M-U coach Brent Martsching. “Hitting is contagious and when they hit like they are, it makes them really tough.”
In the top of the fourth, Roby nearly equaled Martsching’s play at short. A bad-hop ground ball, headed for left field, was picked out of the air by the slick fielding shortstop to get a runner at first.
“I just try and stay down and keep my hands loose and hopefully react to make a play,” added Roby.
The Sabers ended the game with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. The inning featured the last of the nine Sabers to get a hit, a two-RBI triple by Still and Roby's third hit for an RBI.
Roby, who had a line drive hit to all fields, talked about his game at the plate.
“Coach stresses to keep the ball out of the air. I just try and find the top half of the ball.”
Harrell also had an RBI in the inning and the final run scored on a balk.
According to Miller, the high flying Sabers will be back to work Friday.
“At this time of the season, we will look to keep our guys fresh. We’ll still run the bases and do live fielding work, just not for as long.”
The Sabers will get a chance to avenge their last loss when they travel to Pleasantville Saturday night to take on Pleasantville in the district championship.
Moulton-Udell ends their fine season at 16-4.
“This group has basically been our team for over three years. We’ll miss our seven seniors,” said Martsching.
Class 1A, District 10 Semifinals
Twin Cedars 15, Moulton-Udell 0 (4)
MU 000 0 – 0 1 3
TC 343 5 – 15 15 1
M-U battery – Quentin Fowler (L, 5-3) (IP, 8H, 7R, 5ER) and Kalen Martsching (2 2/3IP, 7H, 8R, 8ER, K, 2BB), Colt Kirby catching.
Hits —Sheets 1-for-2.
TC battery – Coy Moore (W, 10-1) (4IP, H, 3K, BB), Hunter Embray catching.
2B – Moore, Otis Roby, Cory Harrell, Brent Parker, Eric Clark.
3B – Collin Still.
HR – Embray.
Hits – Moore 2-for-4, Roby 3-for-3, Embray 2-for-3, Harrell 2-for-3, Parker 1-for-3, Drew Carlson 1-for-2, Clark 1-for-3, Still 2-for-3, Levi Jones 1-for-3.
RBI – Roby 3, Embray 4, Harrell 2, Parker, Carlson, Still 2.
Runs – Moore 2, Roby 4, Embray, Levi Pinegar, Parker, Carlson, Spencer McCarty, Clark, Still 2, Jones.