Ceponis stays unbeaten as Tigers split with Indian Hills

CENTERVILLE – Marshalltown Community College had both of its aces on the mound Saturday for a doubleheader against Indian Hills. But only one walked away with a win as the Tigers split two games with the Falcons at Pat Daugherty Field in ICCAC Division I play.

Future Kansas State Wildcat Jake Whaley had trouble with his command in the opener, a 17-9 loss, but Corey Ceponis did enough in the nightcap to remain undefeated as the Tigers salvaged the split with a 10-6 win.

MCC (10-10, 2-4) also got a big day at the plate from Daryl Blaskovich, who had two hits and two runs in the opening loss and then blasted a three-run home run and an RBI triple in the nightcap.

The Tigers plated three runs in the first and second innings in the second game and Blaskovich’s bomb gave MCC a 6-0 lead in the second.

Indian Hills plated four in the second but could only muster single runs in the fourth and fifth frames, getting just five hits in the loss.

The Tigers added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings and Blaskovich’s run-scoring triple helped MCC put the win away with a two-run fifth inning.

Ceponis allowed five hits and six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings but struck out five to improve to 4-0. Ron Gumbos earned his first save with two scoreless and hitless frames.

Ty Russell had three hits and two runs in the win, while William Salas got two hits and scored twice as well.

Jose Maria threw four innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits in the loss for the Falcons, who dropped to 12-0 overall and 4-2 in the ICCAC.

The Tigers led the opener through four and a half innings thanks to a seven-run fourth. The Falcons though bounced back with five runs in the fourth, six in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

The first 14 runs were charged to Whaley, who took the loss after surrendering 13 earned runs, seven hits and six walks. John Bloom allowed the final three runs in the last two innings and struck out three in relief.

Blaskovich was 2-for-4 with two runs and a double, while Andrew Utterback had two hits and two RBIs. He blasted a two-run homer and added a triple. Justen Folger was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Tyler Evans was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

MCC had 10 hits in the loss and the Tigers committed four errors.

Jordan Berry and Tyler Hermann each had three hits for the Falcons (12-10, 4-2) Indian Hills had 15 hits in the game.

These two teams will meet again today in Centerville. First pitch in the doubleheader is expected to be thrown at 1 p.m. The Tigers return home Tuesday for a 3 p.m tilt with DMACC.