MCC softball scores road split with Blackhawks

WEST BURLINGTON – The red-hot bats that the Marshalltown Community College softball team swings were cooled off a bit on Saturday. But that didn’t stop the Tigers from earning a sweep on the road against Southeastern.

Blackhawks starter Cecilia Alvarez allowed just two hits in the opener during SCC’s 9-1 rout, but the Tigers got a strong effort in the circle from Stacy Roggentein and bounced back to claim a 2-1 victory in nine innings to earn the split.

Roggentein threw all nine innings in the nightcap and scattered eight hits but only surrendered the one run while striking out three and walking one. The single run for SCC came in the seventh and it forced extra innings.

The Tigers got five hits in the victory, led by a 2-for-4 day from Brianna James. Sarah Wilson had a hit and scored a run, while Hailee Beals also went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk.

Beals won the game in the ninth inning with a groundout that plated Emmeline Huffaker. The other run for the Tigers (9-12), came across in the second.

Andrea Smith had two hits and the lone RBI to lead the Blackhawks’ offense in the loss. Alvarez and Katie Oleson also had two hits apiece, and Ashlee Alexander allowed two runs on five hits in nine innings in the circle. She fanned 12.

In the opener, Southeastern (5-8) jumped all over Taylor Vaske in the fifth and six innings. Eight of the nine runs came in those two frames. Leading the way at the plate was Jocelyn Diaz, whose grand slam in the fifth frame blew the game open. Diaz had two hits, five RBIs and scored a run.

Smith went 3-for-4 with two runs and Alex Brayley added two hits and two runs in the win. Alvarez’s win in the circle came after she allowed just two hits and one run over six innings. She struck out six.

Alexis Farren and Erica White had the two hits for MCC. White doubled and scored a run, while Farren’s RBI triple scored White in the fourth. That tied the game before SCC’s offense erupted with five runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Taylor Vaske gave up nine runs on 15 hits in 5 2/3 innings. She also walked three and struck out one.

The Tigers will travel to Illinois for four games on Sunday and Monday.

MCC plays Carl Sandburg (Galesburg, Ill.) CC in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Sunday and then continues down the road to face Sauk Valley (Dixon, Ill.) CC on Monday.