Tiger softball splits two with Dyersburg State

DYERSBURG, Tenn. – Cutting its error output from Monday in half, the Marshalltown Community College softball team split a doubleheader against Dyersburg State Tuesday.

MCC (2-7) overcame three of its four errors on the day and received an eighth inning solo shot from Marissa Basham to hold off the Lady Eagles 4-3 in the opener.

The Tigers’ offense could only generate four hits in the second game and lost 6-1.

MCC fell behind 2-0 in the first inning of the opener, before Mackenzie Gott’s fourth inning-RBI double plated Hailee Beals to cut the deficit in half.

The Tigers pulled ahead briefly in the top of the sixth when Brooke Dunkin scored on Basham’s groundout, before Erica White added a go-ahead solo homer.

Dyersburg State retaliated in the bottom of the frame, setting up Basham’s late heroics. The Fort Madison sophomore had two RBIs and was one of seven Tiger batters to record a hit, while Dunkin, Beals, White, Gott and Sarah Wilson also connected at the dish. Taylor Vaske picked up the win in relief tossing two shutout innings.

Starter Brianna James gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits, while striking out one and walking one in six innings.

The Tigers couldn’t manufacture enough offense in the second game as the Lady Eagles’ Stephanie Murphy allowed just four hits and one earned run over six frames. Dyersburg State pulled ahead 3-0 in the second and padded the lead to 5-0 in the fifth, before Emmeline Huffaker brought in Basham for MCC’s lone run in the sixth.

Vaske took the loss surrendering six earned runs on nine hits in five innings’ work, while walking three and striking out one. Huffaker, James, Wilson and Jacklyn Bear each recorded hits for the Tigers, while Natalie Denton (2-3, three RBIs) and Ashlee Nichols (3-3, two RBIs) powered the Lady Eagles.

MCC will next travel to Iowa Western (10-6) in a twin bill Tuesday starting at 3 p.m.