Tigers no-hit twice by 9th-ranked Kirkwood

CEDAR RAPIDS – And just like that, the Marshalltown Community College softball team’s bountiful bats went silent.

The Tigers were blanked by NJCAA No. 9-ranked Kirkwood on Wednesday, getting no-hit twice in losses of 10-0 and 5-0 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division II action.

Kirkwood freshmen Amber Logemann and Sam Belz combined to pitch 12 innings of no-hit ball against MCC, striking out 26 in the doubleheader sweep.

The visiting Tigers (6-11, 2-4) had averaged 9.5 runs per game during a four-game win streak that ended with a resounding whiff against the highly touted Eagles (22-3, 8-0). The wins made it 15 straight for Kirkwood, whose last loss came on March 18.

Logemann, who last year pitched Earlham to the Class 1A state title game, struck out 14 Tigers in the run rule-shortened opener. She faced the minimum number of MCC batters, and only Emmeline Huffaker managed to put the ball in play against the freshman fireballer.

Taylor Vaske took the loss in the circle for Marshalltown, allowing eight hits and three walks. Only three of Kirkwood’s 10 runs were earned, as an extended Eagles at-bat in the bottom of the fourth led to nine runs.

Haylee Krack and Krysta Tutsch both homered in the fourth for Kirkwood.

Belz struck out 12 in her no-hitter in the nightcap.

Stacy Roggentein took the loss for Marshalltown, allowing five runs – four earned – on eight hits and four walks. She struck out eight, surrendering two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.

MCC is back at home Friday for a 3 p.m. conference doubleheader against Iowa Central.