Bloom baffles Indian Hills to snap three-game skid

CENTERVILLE – East Marshall graduate John Bloom made the most of his first collegiate start as the sophomore right-hander twirled a five-hitter to snap the Marshalltown Community College baseball team’s three-game weekend losing streak to Indian Hills.

Bloom, a sophomore, allowed an earned run and three walks while striking out one, limiting the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference-leading Falcons to one run in a 3-1 Tiger triumph in the second game of Saturday’s twinbill.

Previously the team’s closer, Bloom took the ball and got just enough run support as MCC (17-22, 5-7) rapped out nine hits. The Tigers got on the board first with an RBI-double by Pedro Lopez, which plated Bennett Mann in the top of the fourth.

Two insurance runs in the seventh proved necessary. Eric Kent led off with a solo home run, and Ryan Thrasher doubled in Mann for a 3-0 lead. Indian Hills (27-12, 9-3got its lone tally in its final at-bat.

Mann and Thrasher both had two hits to lead MCC.

In the opener, both teams tallied 11 hits but Indian Hills took advantage of three Tiger errors in a 13-8 win.

Kent was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs, while Daryl Blaskovich and Alexis Melendez both had two hits, but the Falcons overcame a 7-1 deficit with a 12-run fourth.

MCC is back at home on Tuesday, taking on D-II No. 11-ranked Iowa Central in a nine-inning game starting at 2 p.m.