Wilson and Gott fan 24 in sweep of Ellsworth

IOWA FALLS – Sarah Wilson and Mackenzie Gott didn’t need much run support from the Tiger bats Saturday.

The sophomore duo fanned 24 Ellsworth batters and combined to allow just two earned runs in 14 innings during the Marshalltown Community College softball team’s doubleheader sweep.

The Tigers defeated Ellsworth 4-2 and 5-0 to improve to 30-16 overall and 16-10 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play.

The two wins give the Tigers 12 victories in their last 14 games.

Wilson earned her 15th win of the year in the opener as she fanned the first six batters she faced and 13 in all while allowing seven hits, two earned runs and three walks over her seven innings.

It was her seventh double-digit strikeout game of the year. Wilson ranks second in all of NJCAA Division II softball with 192 strikeouts.

Gott was equally impressive in the nightcap. She struck out 11 and didn’t allow a run in her seven innings. Gott surrendered just two hits and walked two in improving to 6-3 on the year. The Oskaloosa native fanned at least 10 hitters for the second straight game and now has 29 strikeouts and allowed three earned runs and eight hits over her last 19 innings.

The Tiger bats collected eight hits in the opener. They plated a single run in the fourth and fifth innings to lead 2-0 and then pushed it 4-0 in the seventh. Ellsworth (9-20, 8-16) scored twice in the bottom of the seventh but Wilson stranded two to end the threat and the game.

Lexie Biehl had three hits and scored twice in game one, while Brooke Dunkin had two hits and a run. Tacie Blunk chipped in a hit, an RBI, a run scored and a walk.

Dunkin and Blunk each had two hits and a run scored in the finale. Holli Baker and Emmeline Huffaker were both 1-for-3 with a run scored and Biehl walked twice and had an RBI. McKenna Hotopp and Shaiann Treu each had an RBI as well.

MCC scored a run in the first to take an early lead and then gave Gott some breathing room with four runs in the fourth. The Tigers had seven hits in the game.

The Tigers return home for a conference doubleheader today against Iowa Central Community College. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.