MCC softball cranks out 25 hits to sweep Storm

INDIANOLA – Thanks to a big day at the plate, the Marshalltown Community College softball team was able to sweep Simpson’s junior varsity squad Tuesday.

The Tigers collected 13 hits in the 11-6 win in the opener and then came back to crush 12 hits in the 5-3 win in the second game. MCC also had just one error on the day as it improved to 6-9 on the season.

The Tigers scored four runs in the third and fourth innings and added three more runs in the fifth inning in the first game.

Leading the way was Marisa Basham, who went 4-for-4 at the dish, scoring two runs and knocking in three more.

Hailee Beals, Mackenzie Gott, Erica White and Alexis Farren all had two hits at the plate for the Tigers. Beals scored three times, Gott had three RBIs and White knocked in two more. Kyndal Milder also was plated three times in the victory.

Stacy Roggentein got the win in relief of Gott, who allowed four earned runs on three hits in two innings while walking six. Roggentein twirled the final five innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits while striking out six and walking two.

Simpson scored its six runs on seven hits but also had four errors in the field. The Storm led 3-0 after two innings and the game was tied at 4 after three innings.

The second game was not as easy as the first but the Tigers stayed hot at the plate with 12 more hits.

Basham, Gott, Brianna James and Brooke Dunkin all had two hits for MCC, while Farren went 1-for-3 but her only hit provided the game-winning runs in the sixth inning. Farren and Gott both finished with two RBis.

MCC scored single runs in the first and second innings and then broke a 2-all tie in the sixth with two runs, thanks in large part to Farren’s base hit. Both teams scored a single run in their final at-bat but the Tigers escaped with another win.

James earned the victory in the circle for the Tigers as she tossed five innings and allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four. Taylor Vaske earned a two-inning save after she surrendered two hits and one run.

The Tigers’ busy schedule continues today when they travel to Kirkwood for a 3 p.m. doubleheader. They head to Southeastern on Saturday for another double-dip, this one at 1 p.m.