FORT DODGE - The balls were flying out of the park in Fort Dodge on Saturday as the Marshalltown Community College softball team blasted nine home runs in its two-game sweep of Iowa Central.
The Tigers hit three homers in the opener to win 15-7 and then six more bombs followed in the second game as MCC broke out the brooms with a 15-6 win. The Tigers went 4-0 against the Tritons this season, also winning the two games in Marshalltown earlier this season.
On the day, Marshalltown (14-16-1, 9-7) cranked out 36 hits and scored 30 runs.
Three of the nine homers came from freshman Mackenzie Gott, while Marisa Basham and Erica White also connected on a pair of blasts. Single home runs were collected by Sarah Wilson and Hailee Beals in the second game.
The Tigers plated three runs in the first inning of the opener and then made it 5-0 in the third thanks to Gott's first homer. Basham came through with a grand slam in the Tigers' six-run fifth inning and White's two-run blast highlighted the three-run seventh inning. Those three combined to go 9-for-15 at the plate with eight runs and 11 RBIs. Whitney Baker also had two RBIs, Beals went 3-for-3 with a run and Wilson scored twice.
Brianna James got the win in the opener despite allowing four earned runs on eight hits in four innings. Stacy Roggentein started in the circle and allowed just one run in three innings.
Most of the production in the second game for MCC came from five hitters - Basham, Gott, White, Beals and Wilson. Those five Tigers hit all six homers and had a combined nine runs and 14 RBIs. Emmeline Huffaker also scored twice in the win.
The Tigers plated 11 runs in the first four innings and then finished off the Tritons (12-24, 2-12) with four more in the sixth frame.
White hit a two-run homer in the first to get the Tigers going and then both Basham and Beals blasted home runs in the third before Gott and Wilson doubled up in the fourth with two more. Gott's second homer of game two came in the sixth.
Gott finished with three hits, three runs and four RBIs, while Basham was 4-for-5 at the dish in the win. Basham now has 12 homers on the season, while White has blasted nine.
Taylor Vaske threw all six innings for the Tigers and allowed six runs on 15 hits.
Iowa Central had 25 hits in the two games but still lost. The Tritons scored 13 runs but couldn't stop the Tigers at the plate and also had five errors in the field.
MCC returns to the diamond Sunday for a doubleheader at Iowa Lakes (8-16, 3-11). First pitch in the twinbill is scheduled for noon.