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|Errors help Central break scoreless tie|
By Ross Eberhart
As the innings continued to climb and the zeroes continued to appear on the scoreboard, it became abundantly clear.
The winner of Tuesday's non-conference tilt between the Central DeWitt and Camanche softball teams was going to come down to who blinked first.
After 11-and-a-half innings of scoreless play, it turned out to be the Indians.
Behind back-to-back errors, Central pushed across the game's only run for a 1-0 walk-off victory that dramatically snapped the Sabers' 14-game skid.
Central third baseman Kenzie Rosenboom led off the bottom of the 12th with a pop-fly that bounced out of a Camanche glove.
With a runner on and no outs, the goal of Sabers pitcher Mya Cavanagh was to move pinch runner Lauryn Ginter into scoring position.
Cavanagh accomplished her task and then some as the Indians' throw to first base ended up in right field, allowing Ginter to score from first for the winning run.
It was fitting that Cavanagh provided the final push, as the Sabers pitcher put Central in position to win with her performance on the mound.
The Sabers hurler went all 12 innings, spreading out seven hits and striking out seven batters. On three occasions, Cavanagh stranded Camanche runners on third base.
Central had its own troubles with Indians pitcher Abby Stock.
The Sabers did not have a base runner until Talbot Kinney's double in the fifth and were limited to three hits overall.
Central did have a golden opportunity to end the game in the ninth, loading the bases on a single, an error, and a walk with one out.
A fielder's choice and a fly-out, however, got Camanche out of the inning and extended the game.
Sarah Watson and Cavanagh both singled to join Kinney for Central's three hits.
The victory was sandwiched between a pair of doubleheaders as the Sabers hosted Solon on Monday and then headed west to Williamsburg Wednesday.
Central dropped its opener, 13-5, on the road against the Raiders, but bounced back to take the nightcap, 6-4.
The Sabers were again at their best late, breaking open a 3-3 tie with three runs in the seventh.
Morgan Machovec had the big hit of the inning with a two-run double to plate Grace Pierce and Alyssa Eden. Ginter, meanwhile, scored earlier in the frame on a Williamsburg error.
Payton Preston led Central with two hits, while Emily Swanson gave the Sabers an early 2-0 lead with a two-run home run in the first.
Central led 5-4 through four innings of the opener, but Williamsburg erupted for nine runs in the fifth inning to take control.
Katie Fox went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI, while Preston added two more hits.
The Sabers' offense was kept in check against 3A No. 4 Solon Monday in 12-2 and 7-2 setbacks.
Fox drove in both runs in the opener with her two-out single in the second inning, and the Sabers scored twice in the same frame during the nightcap without needing a hit.
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