CRESTON The Tiger bats came back to life Friday.
Unfortunately it came after a battering from Southwestern in the opener.
Undone by a 13-run blitz in the first inning, the Marshalltown Community College softball team dropped a 17-3 decision in five innings, before responding with a 9-3 victory in the nightcap.
Five Spartans had multi-RBI outings in the opener as Southwestern used small ball to build an insurmountable lead, tallying just two extra-base hit during their first inning barrage.
Dominique Tolle (4-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI), Ashley Strong (3-for-4, R, 3 RBI) and Brooke Wolf (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI) powered the Spartans. West Marshall grad Ashley Brandt batted 2-for-5 including a pair of doubles and scored three times as Southwestern (16-10, 9-7) cruised in the first game of the ICCAC Division II doubleheader.
Wagner earned the win from the circle allowing three earned runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking two in five innings. The Tigers' Taylor Vaske took the loss surrendering 13 runs (nine earned) on nine hits and three walks. Vaske struck out two in one inning before being replaced by Mackenzie Gott, who allowed four runs (one earned) on four hits. Gott fanned four batters and walked two in four frames.
Marisa Basham put MCC (12-16-1, 7-7) on the board with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth and finished 2-for-3 with a triple, while scoring once. Sarah Wilson, Hailee Beals and Whitney Baker each added a hit for the Tigers, as Beals and Baker each crossed the plate once. The Tigers had as many hits (5) as errors in the loss.
MCC's offense responded in game two using a six-run fourth to pull away for the win. Leading 3-1 entering the fourth, MCC saw its lead dwindle to one heading to the bottom of the inning. Baker's two-run double and RBI from Basham and Brooke Dunkin stretched the Tigers' advantage to 7-2, before Gott tacked on an RBI double.
The Spartans added one more tally in the seventh before MCC put things away for the split.
Stacy Roggentein picked up the victory allowing three runs (two earned) on 10 hits, while striking out seven and not giving up a walk in a complete game effort. Wagner was saddled with the loss giving up nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits, while striking out four and walking five.
Basham (1-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI), Dunkin (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI), Baker (1-fof-1, 2 RBI) and Wilson (2-3, R, RBI) propelled the Tigers at the plate. Erica White and Gott each drove in a run as all but two batters in MCC's lineup collected a hit.
The twin bill was originally scheduled to be played in Marshalltown but was moved to Creston due to poor field conditions.
The Tigers face Iowa Central in a doubleheader today starting at 1 p.m. MCC continues the road trip against Iowa Lakes Sunday in another doubleheader.