Defensive miscues plague MCC softball in Tennessee

GELLATIN, TN – The Marshalltown softball team committed eight errors in its two games against Volunteer State on Monday and suffered setbacks in both contests.

Marisa Basham homered twice in the opener, but the Tigers lost 4-2 and then another two hits and a walk by Basham went for naught in the second game as MCC suffered a 5-4 setback.

MCC (1-6) got down early in the opener until Basham tied the score in the first with a lead-off homer. Volunteer State plated two runs in the third and one more in the fourth to grab another lead and Basham’s second blast, which came in the fifth, was not enough to overcome the four errors in the field.

Stacy Roggentein threw well enough to win but took the loss after allowing four runs – one earned – in six innings. She gave up six hits and struck out four, while walking just one.

Roggentein was beaten by Volunteer State’s Shelby Heath, who allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings. She fanned 11 and walked three in the victory.

Basham’s two homers, two RBIs and two runs led the Tiger offense, while Brooke Dunkin, Sarah Wilson and Kyndal Milder each had one hit at the dish. Wilson’s hit was a double.

Paige Cassady led Volunteer State with two hits and two runs.

Basham continued her stellar offensive play in the second game as she had two hits, two runs and a walk in the loss.

MCC committed four more errors in the field and Taylor Vaske walked in two runs in the first inning as Volunteer State led 3-0 after one frame and never trailed in the win. The Tigers did come back to tie it at 4-all in the sixth, but Volunteer State won it with a single tally in the bottom of the sixth.

Vaske threw all six innings and gave up five runs on seven hits but only one run was earned. She struck out one and walked six.

Ali Austin got the win for Volunteer State after allowing three earned runs and eight hits in seven innings. She fanned six and walked one in the victory.

Dunkin also had two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers at the plate, while Erica White, Wilson, Whitney Baker and Milder each had one hit. White and Wilson each had an RBI and Baker scored a run.

The Tigers continue their road trip with another doubleheader Tuesday. MCC will play Dyersburg State in Dyersburg, Tenn., at 1 p.m.