The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) softball team picked up three wins and suffered a pair of losses in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Leadoff Classic March 10 to 12 at Columbus, Ga.
DMACC, ranked sixth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll, opened tournament play with 7-1 and 8-2 victories against John Wood Community College (JWCC) and Labette Community College (LCC) respectively on March 10 to run its winning streak to eight games. The Bears then lost to Jones County Community College (JCCC) and Temple College (TC) respectively on March 11 and closed out tournament play with a 4-3 win over Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) on March 12 to improve to 13-3 for the season.
Freshman Molly Jacobsen of Adel tossed a one-hitter and struck out 11 batters and helped her own cause with a two-run home run to lead DMACC past JWCC. The Bears took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and pushed their advantage to 4-1 with a pair of runs in the third. They closed out the victory with three runs in the sixth. Freshman Are Hunter of Boone also drove in a pair of runs for DMACC. Jacobsen walked just one batter in picking up the win.
Sophomore Ashley Sicard of Ackley scattered four hits and sophomore Kenzi Sutton of Adel drove in three runs as DMACC defeated LCC for the third time this season. Sophomore Claire Dudek of Urbandale had three hits in the win and Sutton, Hunter, sophomore Kerigan Torres of Des Moines and freshman Bailey Richards of Des Moines had two hits apiece. Torres also had a pair of RBIs for the Bears.
The games was tied at 2-2 before DMACC tallied five runs in the top of the sixth and got another run in the seventh to get the win. Sicard struck out eight batters and walked one in earning the victory.
DMACC was limited to just three hits in losing to JCCC, the national runner-up in NJCAA Division II in 2016. Hunter homered to account for one of the Bears’ runs and freshman Autumn McDanel of Moravia drove in the other run.
Jacobsen allowed eight hits, struck out eight and walked one in losing her second game of the season. Two of the five runs she allowed were unearned.
TC scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and added single runs in the fifth and sixth to hand the Bears their second consecutive loss. Torres paced DMACC’s five-hit attack with a pair of singles and Hunter and freshman Abby Gehringer of Indianola each doubled. Freshman Cheyann Adamson of Riverside scored DMACC’s only run on an error in the third inning.
Sicard pitched all six innings and suffered her first loss of the season. She allowed four runs on eight hits, struck out one and walked two. Two of the four runs allowed by Sicard were unearned.
DMACC had a 4-0 lead against CCBC after five innings, then held off a late rally in the top of the sixth to come away with the win in the Bears’ tournament finale. Dudek had three hits in the win and Sutton and sophomore Megan Rushing of West Des Moines had two apiece. Rushing drove in a pair of DMACC runs and Dudek and Sutton had one RBI apiece.
Jacobsen pitched the first five innings and came away with the win. She allowed one hit, struck out eight and walked two. Sophomore Jade Petersen of Moville pitched one inning, allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout and two walks and McDanel threw one inning and struck out one batter.
The DMACC softball team will play a doubleheader against Volunteer State Community College (VSCC) March 14 at Gallatin, Tenn.