MUSCATINE - The Marshalltown Community College baseball team entered the Region XI Tournament with very little success against Indian Hills this season and moderate success against NJCAA Division 1 No. 4 Iowa Western.
Those trends flip-flopped Saturday.
The Tigers staved off elimination with a 10-6 win over Indian Hills but then had their season end with a disappointing 9-0 loss that saw MCC collect just three hits in the seven-inning shortened game.
The Reivers (44-12) advanced to next weekend's district championship by plating three runs in the first inning and two runs each in the third, fourth and sixth innings. They had nine hits and no errors in the win, while MCC committed more errors (5) than it had hits (3).
Andrew Utterback had two of MCC's three hits against James Darcy, who threw all seven innings and fanned six in the complete-game win.
Alex Greer had two hits and three RBIs at the plate for Iowa Western, while lead-off hitter Matt Kianka set the table nicely with three runs scored.
Ben Ryder started on the mound for the Tigers (25-21) and allowed four runs - one earned - in 2 1/3 innings. Richard England allowed three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief and Tanner Smith allowed one earned run in his two innings.
Marshalltown finished the season 4-5 against nationally ranked Iowa Western. The Tigers were 2-7 against Indian Hills prior to Saturday's win over the Warriors, including a 4-3 loss in Friday's first round.
Against Indian Hills in an elimination game, the Tigers produced 10 runs on 11 hits and won the game despite committing seven errors in the field. Indian Hills had seven hits and five errors in the loss.
Daryl Blaskovich (2-for-5), Justen Folger (2-for-5), Luke Wichmann (2-for-5), Eric Kent (2-for-4) and Bennett Mann (2-for-3) led the Tigers at the plate with 10 of the team's 11 hits. Blaskovich and Kent both scored two runs, Folger had two RBIs and Mann added two RBIs and a run scored.
Indian Hills plated four of its six runs in the first inning, but Marshalltown came back with three runs in the first two innings. The Tigers plated two runs on one hit and three Indian Hills (32-22) errors in the first and then a Folger RBI in the sixth helped MCC grab a 6-5 lead. A four-run seventh inning put away the Warriors and was highlighted by Mann's two-run double and another RBI from Folger.
Ron Gombos started for the Tigers but did not factor in the decision after surrendering four earned runs in one inning. Taylor Moon was one of four relievers who saw time on the mound and he earned the win after allowing no runs in three innings while fanning three. Zach Throckmorten also threw a scoreless ninth to close out the win.
Indian Hills stranded 13 runners in the loss, while MCC left nine on base.