Freshman Molly Jacobsen of Adel pitched another shutout and sophomores Kenzi Sutton of Adel and Megan Rushing of West Des Moines drove in four and two runs respectively as the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) softball team took both ends of a doubleheader from Allen County Community College (ACCC) February 26 at Iola, Kan.
Jacobsen threw a shutout and Sutton drove in four runs as the Bears took the opener, 8-0, and Rushing had a pair of RBIs in DMACC’s 4-3 win in the second game. The Bears, ranked sixth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll, improved to 6-1 with the wins.
Jacobsen allowed just one hit, struck out six and walked one to improve to 2-0 for the season in winning the first game. DMACC opened up a 4-0 lead with two runs in each of the first two innings and padded its lead with a run in the top of the fifth. The Bears closed it out with three runs in the top of the fifth and the game was called because of the mercy rule after ACCC batted in the bottom of the inning.
Freshman Bre Hunter of Boone and Sutton paced DMACC at the plate with three hits apiece. Sutton had a pair of doubles in the win and Rushing, who had two hits, and Jacobsen had one double apiece. Jacobsen and freshmen Abby Gehringer of Indianola and Cheyann Adamson of Riverside drove in one run apiece.
Freshman Taylor Briley of Creston had a pair of doubles for DMACC in the second game. The Bears overcame a 1-0 deficit with a pair of runs in the top of the third and then broke a 2-2 tie with single runs in the top of the fifth and the top of the sixth for a 4-2 lead. ACCC scored in the bottom of the sixth to make it a one-run game and neither team scored in the seventh, giving DMACC the win.
Sophomore Ashley Sicard of Ackley pitched the first five and a third innings and improved to 3-0 with the win. She allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out four. Freshman Gabby Schnathorst of Carlisle pitched an inning and two-thirds of hitless ball and recorded her second save of the season. She struck out three batters.
The DMACC softball team returns to Kansas for games against Labette Community College (LCC) and Coffeyville Community College (CCC) on March 4 and 5. The Bears will play a doubleheader against LCC on March 4 at Parsons, Kans., and will face CCC in a pair of games on March 5 at Coffeyville, Kan.