Winners of five of their last six, the Central baseball team, who was at one point 3 – 7 in the Iowa Conference, has found themselves right back into the thick of things with series wins over Simpson and Luther. The Dutch are 8 – 8 in the league, and have a prime opportunity to move up the conference ladder with a strong showing at home against Coe this weekend. One of the main reasons for their recent surge is pitching. In their last six contests, the Dutch have given up just 13 runs, while before that in ten games, they allowed 51 to cross home plate. Coach Adam Stevens says his pitchers are starting to gain more confidence. Central will start that series with the Kohawks on Friday with a doubleheader, which can be heard live on KNIAKRLS.com.