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|Sabers down Wildcats, Mustangs during closing stretch|
By Ross Eberhart
With its postseason opener slated for Friday, the Central DeWitt baseball team was not about to take any time off, ending its regular season with three-plus games in three days against three different opponents.
The Sabers' pitching showed it was in postseason form, too, as Central shut out Davenport North on Monday and then blanked Independence in the nightcap of their make-up doubleheader Wednesday.
Senior McGwire Eden and sophomore Garrett Finley combined to allow just four hits in a 2-0 victory against the Wildcats.
Eden made the start and struck out four batters in five innings of work, while Finley fanned three North hitters to earn the save.
Central, meanwhile, manufactured both of its runs.
A squeeze bunt by Cam Steffens plated Brad Gannon for the first run in the third, while two walks and a single by Finley plated Devin Hurdle in the fifth.
The Sabers finished with seven hits - including a team-high three from Finley. Gannon added two hits, while Hurdle and Austin Weiss each had one.
Three Sabers pitchers - Jake Swanson, Gannon, and Weiss - combined for the 5-0 shutout two days later against the Mustangs.
The trio surrendered just four hits as Swanson earned the victory while striking out a team-high five batters. Weiss had two punch-outs.
The Sabers spread out their scoring in the game, pushing runs across in four different frames.
Weiss, B.J. Frick, and Eden all belted doubles, while Jared Haack scored twice.
Before the Sabers cruised in game two, the teams had to finish the first game of the doubleheader, which had been suspended in late June.
Independence led 5-3 when play was stopped and that turned out to be the final.
The Mustangs trailed 3-1 at one point, but scored four runs in the sixth to rally for the victory.
Steffens, Eden, and Finley each had two hits in the game, with the latter two Sabers both driving in runs.
Hurdle, Townsley, and Finley, meanwhile, scored the runs.
The Sabers finished the home portion of their season a day earlier with a 7-3 setback to Dubuque Senior.
The two teams were knotted up at three heading to the seventh inning when the Rams broke the tie with a grand slam to create the final margin.
Both teams scored their first three runs in the fourth.
The Sabers scored their first run on a balk before Gannon drove in Finley and Joel Kirby with a single to match Senior's three-run push in the top of the inning.
The two-run single was one of a team-high two hits for Gannon, and Eden added a double for the Sabers, who out-hit the Rams, 7-5.
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