Fast start in nightcap helps Tiger softball split

BOONE – A nine-run first inning for the Marshalltown Community College softball team helped the Tigers save a split against Ellsworth Community College on Saturday.

The Panthers took the opener 6-5 with a three-run fourth inning, but the Tigers sent 13 batters to the plate in the opening frame of the second game and ended things early with a 12-2, five-inning win.

MCC had 17 hits in all in the nightcap and Mackenzie Gott earned her first win in the circle. Gott, Lexie Biehl and Brooke Dunkin all had three hits at the plate to lead the offense.

Biehl had two doubles and four RBIs in the nine-run first inning and finished 3-of-4 with two runs and five RBIs. Dunkin was 3-of-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Gott was 3-for-3 with two runs. Tacie Blunk and Kyndal Milder each had two hits, each had an RBI and Blunk scored twice. Whitney Baker also had one hit, one RBI and scored twice.

Gott tossed three innings in the circle and allowed two earned runs after walking six, striking out three and allowing two hits. Brianna James also allowed one hit and fanned two in two innings of work.

The Tigers (13-8, 4-2) added three runs in the fourth and finished the game after five innings after holding Ellsworth to two runs and three hits in the game.

Nicole Festge took the loss for the Panthers after surrendering 10 hits and eight earned runs in the opening inning. Two of Ellsworth’s three hits were triples.

The Panthers (5-9, 4-4) held off an MCC rally in the first game. They got 10 hits at the plate and used crooked numbers in the fourth and sixth to win. Burgandy Oelmann had two hits, two runs and two RBIs to lead the Ellsworth offense, while Lindsay Barnhart allowed five earned runs in seven innings but got the win in the circle.

The top four batters in the MCC lineup went 7-of-14 but the final five hitters were just 1-of-15. The lone hit was a double by Gott. Holli Baker had two hits, two runs, a home run and took the loss in the circle after allowing nine hits and six earned runs in six innings. She did strike out a season-high 10 Panther batters and walked four.

Sarah Wilson was 2-for-4 with a double, while Brooke Dunkin also had two hits. Biehl’s lone hit in the game was a home run and she added two RBIs.

The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference doubleheader was played on the campus of Des Moines Area Community College. The game also featured two former West Marshall teammates playing against each other as McKenna Hotopp is a freshman for MCC and Shelby Tichy is a freshman for Ellsworth.

The Tigers continue their busy stretch today when they head to Fort Dodge to take on Iowa Central in a doubleheader at noon.