Tigers’ no-hitter kicks off weekend sweep

JAMESTOWN, N.C. – The Marshalltown Community College baseball team followed up two blowout wins with a pair of narrow victories over the weekend to sweep four games from host Guilford Technical CC.

The Tigers (5-2) took two games on Saturday, 9-0 and 18-3, and two more on Sunday, 7-6 and 4-2.

MCC sophomore Jake Whaley and two relievers combined on a no-hitter in Saturday’s opener, and a nine-run inning propeled MCC to the day-one sweep.

Whaley (2-0) struck out eight and walked one over five hitless innings. Tanner Smith walked one in his one inning of work, and John Bloom struck out one in the seventh to close it out.

MCC broke open its 3-0 lead with a six-run sixth. Bennett Mann had a bases-clearing triple and Justen Folger had an RBI double during the outbreak.

William Salas was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBIs to lead MCC offensively.

In the second game, the Tigers broke a 2-all tie with their nine-run fifth. All nine runs came with two out, highlighted by Folger’s two-run double to finish off the eruption. Folger had two of MCC’s six hits in the inning.

Salas was 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and four RBIs, while Tyler Evans, Andrew Utterback, Eric Kent and Austin Allen had two hits apiece. Kent was 2-for-3 with a double, three runs and three RBIs.

Ben Ryder (1-1) got the win, going four innings with five strikeouts and a walk with two earned runs coming on four hits.

In Sunday’s twinbill, Marshalltown scored three times in the sixth to break a 4-all tie and win the first game 7-6. Salas scored on a double steal with what would prove to be the game-winning run after the host Titans (5-7) scored twice in the bottom of the seventh.

Reliever Brett Baker (1-0) got the win, striking out three in three innings, and Taylor Moon earned a save. Allen had two hits and Daryl Blaskovic drove in three runs for MCC.

Corey Ceponis (1-0) struck out 13 over six innings for the win in the 4-2 finale, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Austin Fisher got the last three outs for the save.

Blaskovich and Evans both had RBI singles and Utterback’s fielder’s choice grounder in the third provided the game-winning run.

The Tigers are now off until March 16, when they are scheduled to open at home with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Ellsworth at Shawn Williams Field.