Marshalltown Community College doled out damage with the long ball in game one while Iowa Central CC returned the favor in the nightcap.
MCC and ICCC split an ICCAC D-II softball doubleheader Saturday with the Tigers taking the first, 2-1, and the Tritons the second, 7-2.
Erica White and Felisha Durflinger both hit solo home runs to provide the offense in game one for MCC (20-18, 9-11), but it was Brittany Madsen's three-run blast in the nightcap that gave the NJCAA D-II No. 4 Tritons (46-8, 19-3) all the boost they needed to leave Marshalltown with a victory.
T-R PHOTO BY TRAVIS HINES
Marshalltown Community College freshman shortstop Marisa Basham makes a running catch in short center field during the Tigers matchup with Iowa Central on Saturday at MCC. The Tigers split with the NJCAA Division II No. 4 Tritons.
MCC has given Iowa Central two of its three conference losses this season.
"Never content, but I told (the team) that we'd rather win the first game when it's a close game like that and know that we can compete and we can close it out rather than take a 11-1 or 7-2 game," said Tigers head coach Jeff Lamb. "They played really well both games."
"(ICCC) hit the ball a little bit better than they did the first game and we kind of didn't hit it where we needed to," he added.
Three of MCC's four runs on the day came courtesy of solo home runs with Hally Lenzine boosting the team's total this season to 49, already a program-best, with her shot in game two.
"Their approach to hitting all year has been they're going to take what they can and they're going to take quality swings," said Lamb. "We've been squaring the ball up and hitting it hard. That's what you get when you do that."
MCC, though, could have used any type of hit on a couple of occasions where it came up empty after falling behind in game two.
The Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in game two, but ICCC knotted the score in the top of the fourth after three of its first four batters in the frame reached base.
Lamb and the infield met with MCC starter Stacy Roggentein at the circle to right the ship, but Roggentein's very next pitched was slammed over the left-field fence by Madsen to put the Tritons up 4-1.
Lenzine led off the bottom of the inning with a homer and then the Tigers loaded the bases with two outs before Marissa Basham struck out swinging to end the threat and start a string of 10-straight batters sat down by ICCC's Hannah Koerperich to finish off the game.
"(Home-run ability) is a good thing to have," said Lamb, "but we've got to do a little bit better job of producing runs rather than just hitting the ball over the fence."
Lenzine's bomb gives her 19 for the year, just three off from Cayla Collins' single-season record of 22 for MCC with eight regular-season games left to play.
"It's a big part of our game. I think if we have that going, we're sitting pretty good," said Lamb of the homers.
The Tigers are two games back in the loss column for fourth place in the ICCAC
D-II and three back of third heading into today's noon doubleheader at home against Iowa Lakes.
Durflinger was the game one winner in the circle for MCC while Roggentein took the loss in the nightcap as Koerperich notched the 'W.'