Tigers score walk-off sweep over Muscatine
Two strong starting pitching performances and some timely hitting helped the Marshalltown Community College baseball team to a sweep over Muscatine on Monday during a pair of makeup games at Shawn Williams Field.
Corey Ceponis and Ben Ryder both pitched into the fifth inning of their respective starts and the Tigers cranked out 20 hits in the doubleheader.
MCC (13-13, 5-7) won the opener 8-4 and then took the nightcap in dramatic fashion, scoring a 3-2 walk-off win.
In the opener, five Tigers accounted for 10 of the 13 hits with Andrew Utterback and Ty Russell leading the way.
Utterback was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. He blasted a two-run home run in the sixth inning to put the game away for the Tigers. Russell also went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.
Tyler Evans, William Salas and Justen Folger had two hits apiece. Evans laced a two-run double during MCC’s four-run first inning.
Ceponis started on the mound and earned the win after allowing no earned runs and two hits in five innings. He walked six and struck out seven and worked through four errors from the Tiger defense. John Bloom recorded the final four outs to earn the save. He did not allow a hit and struck out one.
Jalen Hashbarger, who homered for the Cardinals (8-22, 2-10) on Saturday, took the loss as he surrendered four earned runs in one inning of action.
The two teams combined to strand 22 runners on base. Muscatine left 13 runners on, and MCC stranded nine.
Daryl Blaskovich had three of MCC’s seven hits in the second game, including the game-winning walk-off RBI single in the seventh. He also tied the game in the fifth with another RBI single.
Muscatine led 2-0 in the game but tallied just four hits and stranded six more runners on base in the loss.
The Tigers got a strong pitching performance from Ryder, who allowed two earned runs on four hits in five innings. He fanned eight and walked four but did not factor in the decision. Zach Throckmorten recorded the win after tossing 1 2/3 no-hit innings.
Austin Allen walked twice and scored two runs for the Tigers. He walked in the seventh and scored the winning run on Blaskovich’s single. Luke Wichmann also had an RBI single.
The Cardinals wasted a strong pitching performance from Zach Carstens, who allowed two earned runs in six innings. Tanner Butler took the loss though after surrendering the run in the seventh.
Jake Redlinger had two hits, including an RBI single in the fourth that made it 2-0 for the Cardinals.
The Tigers head to NJCAA Division II No. 2 DMACC (28-5) today with first pitch slated for 3 p.m.