Indians continue hot streak, down Sabers

Carie Kuehn/Clinton HeraldCamanche pitcher Abby Stock delivers during the seventh inning of Camanche's 5-1 win over Central DeWitt on Tuesday night. It marks the Indians' 10th win in a row.

CAMANCHE — It was just one of those nights where everything seemed to click for the Indians.

It helped them to a 5-1 win over the Central DeWitt Sabers at home, notching their 10th win in a row.

"When a team plays together, they get better every time out," Camanche coach Kevin Roling said. "We're playing that way right now. We're clicking."

The Sabers were coming off of a split with Solon the night before. Not only that, but head coach Lee Swanson says the win in Game 2—their first win over Solon in program history—might have taken a little energy out of his team.

"I knew that coming in," Swanson said. "Five games in three days and with the heat, but hats off to Camanche. They can swing the bats and we left some plays out there that we should have made."

Talbot Kinney led off the first inning with a hit, and was advanced around for the Sabers one and only run of the night. Kinney also went 4-for-4.

DeWitt didn't have the lead for long, with the Indians coming out strong.

"That was a solid game," Roling said. "Our girls definitely got the bats going a little there early on and gave us a little momentum. Pretty proud of them for that."

Tarah Wehde started the game with a solo homer. Then two walks and two hits help drive in two more runs and give Camanche the 3-1 lead.

"We've won our last 10 games in a row and I don't know that we haven't scored in every one of those ten games in the first inning," Roling said. "They're just playing a higher quality ball right now."

Central DeWitt held steady defensively until the bottom of the sixth.

Tarah Wehde hit a double and was brought in by a linedrive to left field from Madi Parson. Abby Stock continued the rally with a double of her own, floating the ball right over the left fielder.

A sacrifice pop fly allowed Parson to score and take the 5-1 lead.

"Our pitchers do a nice job, we just don't do the job behind her," Swanson said. "We've got to do a better job behind her because we know teams are going to put the ball in play."

Pitcher Abby Stock and the Camanche defense held off the Sabers the rest of the game.

"She moves the ball in and out and every once in a while sneaks in a change up that you're not expecting," DeWitt's Swanson said about Stock's outing. "I thought we did an OK just putting it in play.

"She gets the ball and she goes, doesn't give you any time. Our kids didn't have a plan coming up to the plate which makes it harder throughout the game figuring out what we're going to do."

Plus she had her team to back her up. The Indians executed a lot of solid defensive plays, like big catches in the outfield from athletes like Marly Bussa and a big double play in the sixth inning to get out of a situation with Sabers on base.

"We played behind her, too, but Abby definitely had a great game," Roling said. "She's just getting better every time out."

Central DeWitt falls to 10-7 and will return home tomorrow for a doubleheader against Williamsburg.

Camanche—who hasn't lost a game since the last day of May—improves to 12-4 and has an away game on Wednesday at Davenport Central.