COUNCIL BLUFFS - The Iowa Western Community College baseball team fared very well in the sixth inning of both of its games against Marshalltown on Saturday at Doc Ross Field.
The 15th-ranked Reivers plated five runs in the sixth frame of the opener to win 5-1 and then had another five-run sixth inning of game two during an 8-1 victory as Iowa Western handed the Tigers two losses in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference openers for both squads. MCC (8-14, 0-2) managed just five hits on the day.
Ryan Thrasher's double was the only hit the Tigers could muster in the first game. Eric Kent, who hadn't played since March 1, had an RBI, while Bennett Mann walked and scored the Tigers' lone run.
Richard England dropped to 2-1 on the mound for the year after allowing five earned runs on seven hits in five innings. He also struck out three and walked none.
The Reivers (24-2, 2-0) plated three runs in the third inning to take command of game two and then put away the two-game sweep with five more runs in the sixth.
The Tigers' four hits came from Thrasher, Kent, Drayson Lum and Ty Russell. Kent and Russell both doubled, Kent scored MCC's only run and Lum had the RBI.
Austin Battaglia started on the mound and tossed five innings. He took the loss after allowing just one earned run on four hits. He walked three and struck out two but left the game with a deficit after the Tigers' committed three errors in the field. Kyle Herrick allowed the remaining five runs and got just two outs after allowing three hits and walking three.
Marshalltown was playing its first games since March 15. The Reivers and Tigers will face off again today in Council Bluffs. The ICCAC doubleheader starts at noon.