BOONE - Weather has played a big factor in recent games on the Marshalltown Community College softball schedule.
The Tigers finally got back on to the diamond Thursday night, but the nationally ranked Des Moines Area Community College Bears recorded a sweep with a 3-2 win in the opener and an 8-3 triumph in the nightcap during a NJCAA Division II ICCAC doubleheader.
Marshalltown (2-9, 0-2) was plagued by two unearned runs in the opener as the 12th ranked Bears plated two runs thanks to two errors in the sixth inning. In the nightcap, DMACC had big offensive performances from Ali Miner and Jayden Ott and cruised to an easy win.
The errors in the opener ruined a strong performance in the circle by Stacy Roggentein, who allowed four hits and no earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. She also struck out four and walked none. Mackenzie Gott took the loss though as she allowed the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
Marisa Basham continued her hot hitting at the dish, finishing 3-for-3 with a home run. It was her fifth homer of the season.
Alexis Farren had two hits and scored a run, while Hailee Beals and Brooke Dunkin each went 1-for-3 and Beals added an RBI. The Tigers out-hit DMACC in game one but committed four errors in the two games.
DMACC (10-0, 2-0) had six hits but no one had multiple hits. Mari Sillman though fanned 15 Tigers in the win and surrendered two earned runs on seven hits. She did not walk a batter.
The Bears plated six runs in the third inning in the second game to win going away.
Leading the way was Miner, who had three hits and three RBIs with two doubles and one triple. Ott also had three RBIs and homered.
The Tigers scored two runs in the fifth inning thanks to a two-run blast by sophomore Erica White. The Tigers plated their final run in the seven following an RBI single by Basham but the rally fell short.
Kyndal Milder also had two hits and one run for the Tigers. Taylor Vaske took the loss in the circle after allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits. She walked three and fanned four.
Britney Lee allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings for DMACC. Lee also struck out nine and walked two.
MCC will next play two games against NIACC at home on Saturday. First pitch for the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.