Dunkin, Biehl lead Tigers in rout

BEATRICE, Neb. – Uncertain spring weather has made for an unpredictable schedule for the Marshalltown Community College softball team, which is making up for a canceled tournament in Nebraska with pick-up games a couple hours down the road.

On Friday, the Tigers went an extra 122 miles south and east of their original destination and got a win against a winless foe, routing Southeast Community College 8-1.

The two teams were slated to face off today in the second day of the Ramada Inn/Jimmy John’s CCC Softball Tournament hosted by Central CC in Columbus, Neb., but playing conditions forced the event to be called off. Instead, Marshalltown followed Southeast home to Beatrice and rattled off 15 hits to deal the Storm their 21st loss in as many games this season.

The top two hitters in MCC’s batting order – Brooke Dunkin and Lexie Biehl – combined to go 6-for-7 with six runs scored, setting the table for the Tigers’ attack.

Dunkin was 3-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases and three runs scored, while Biehl went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs. Biehl, a freshman shortstop from Maquoketa, upped her Iowa Community College Athletic Conference-leading batting average to .557 with her sixth consecutive multi-hit game.

Kyndal Milder, Mackenzie Gott and Tacie Blunk each chipped in with two hits apiece, while winning pitcher Sarah Wilson was 1-for-3 with an RBI double. Blunk drove in three runs, Gott had a double and Milder scored a run.

McKenna Hotopp and Emmeline Huffaker both added singles as MCC (15-11) scampered out to an 8-0 lead through three and a half innings and finished with 15 hits.

Wilson got the start in the circle and surrendered two hits and a walk while striking out six over two scoreless frames. Gott struck out 10 of the 16 batters she faced in four innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk.

Marshalltown will remain in Nebraska to face Southeast CC again today at 1 p.m., but not before taking on Northeast Junior College of Sterling, Colo., in an 11 a.m. pairing. The Plainswomen, who were supposed to meet MCC on Friday afternoon in Columbus, are 3-21.