Tiger softball pitches two shutouts

BEATRICE, Neb. – Three Marshalltown Community College pitchers combined to twirl two shutouts Saturday during non-conference action in Nebraska.

The Tigers got a sharp pitching effort from Sarah Wilson in the opener against Northeastern Junior College and then Brianna James and Mackenzie Gott combined to keep Southeast Community College off the scoreboard in the nightcap.

The offense also had a nice day as the Tigers came away with 4-0 and 18-0 wins.

MCC (17-11) collected 33 hits on the day, led by Emmeline Huffaker’s 6-for-7 performance. Huffaker also scored three runs and Lexie Biehl had four hits to raise her conference-leading batting average to .558 on the year.

The Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the opening inning of game one and that is all the offense would need as Wilson allowed just two hits and fanned 12 against Northeastern. It was the fourth time this season that Wilson has struck out at least 10 hitters in a single game.

Brooke Dunkin led the offense with two hits and a run, while Huffaker had two hits and an RBI. All nine batters in the Tiger lineup had at least one hit and the team totaled 11 in the win.

The Tigers belted 22 hits in the second game as MCC plated four in the second to take an early lead and then put the five-inning game away with five more in the fourth and eight runs in the fifth.

Huffaker was 4-for-4 with three hits in the game, while West Marshall graduate McKenna Hotopp chipped in three hits and three runs and Biehl also had three hits and two runs. Gott had four hits – including two doubles – and scored two runs.

Dunkin’s only hit of the game was a grand slam. Wilson also had two hits and scored twice, Whitney Baker added two hits, two runs and three RBIs and Kyndal Milder chipped in two hits and three RBIs.

James started and got the win after allowing two hits, no runs and striking out five batters in the first three innings. Gott came on in relief and allowed no hits and fanned five in her two innings.

It was MCC’s fourth win over Southeast this year. The Tigers have outscored the Storm 48-3 in those meetings.

The Tigers return to Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play today with an afternoon doubleheader at Kirkwood Community College. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. in Cedar Rapids.