Tigers tripped up twice by Indian Hills

CENTERVILLE – Eric Kent and Bennett Mann each hit three-run home runs in the first inning of the opening game of an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference doubleheader Friday, but the Marshalltown Community College baseball team couldn’t hold down a potent Indian Hills offense that eventually rallied past the Tigers.

Indian Hills plated four runs in the first, five in the fourth and six in the sixth to take the opener 16-8. The Warriors followed with a shutout in game two as the Tigers were held to just three hits in a 5-0 loss.

Mann’s three-run homer came in the first inning of the opener and it gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead. Indian Hills quickly erased its deficit though with a four-run first inning, but MCC (16-21, 4-6) got the four runs back in the second when Kent blasted a three-run homer and Aneudis Sandoval connected on his sixth long ball of the season.

Alex McCune kept the Warriors (26-11, 8-2) off the board in the second and third innings, but was chased in the fourth following Indian Hill’s five-run frame. The Warriors never trailed again and pulled away in the sixth with six more runs.

Kent was 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs in the opener, while Pedro Lopez tallied three of the Tigers’ 14 hits. It was MCC’s fifth double-digit hit game in its last seven games, but this one ended in a loss.

Mann’s homer was his team-leading ninth of the year, which is good enough for second in the conference.

The Tigers had just three hits in the nightcap, its fewest offensive output since April 3. Kent, Ty Russell and Lopez collected hits, and Austin Battaglia did what he could to hold down the top scoring team in the ICCAC. Battaglia held the Warriors to three runs in four innings, but no runs at the plate doomed the Tigers.

The two teams finish their four-game series with another doubleheader today starting at 1 p.m.