The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) softball team improved to 29-5 overall and 14-0 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) after sweeping doubleheaders against Northeast (Neb.) Community College (NECC) and Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC) April 8-9.
The Bears took 9-0 and 8-2 decision from NECC April 8 at Norfolk, Neb., and handed ILCC 13-1 and 3-2 losses April 9 at the DMACC softball diamond. DMACC, ranked eighth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll, ran its winning streak to 14 consecutive games with the four wins.
Freshman Molly Jacobsen of Adel tossed a one-hitter and struck out 13 batters as DMACC defeated NECC in the opener on April 8. Jacobsen threw five innings and issued just one walk in coming away with the win. Freshman Gabby Schnathorst of Carlisle pitched one inning and surrendered one walk.
Jacobsen helped her own cause with three hits in the win. Sophomores Claire Dudek of Urbandale and Kerigan Torres of Des Moines and freshman Abby Gehringer of Indianola had two hits apiece with Gehringer getting a double and a home run. She drove in five DMACC runs and Torres came away with a pair of RBIs.
DMACC led 4-0 after four innings and put the game out of reach with three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth. The game was called because of the mercy rule after NECC batted in the bottom of the sixth.
Torres and freshman Taylor Briley of Creston had three hits and three RBIs apiece to pace the Bears in the second game. DMACC led 7-2 after four innings and tacked on an insurance run in the fifth to get the win. Sophomore Taylor Creason of Lee’s Summit, Mo., had a pair of hits and Dudek drove in two runs.
Sophomore Ashley Sicard of Ackley pitched the first five innings and notched the victory. She allowed two runs on four hits, struck out four and walked two. Schnathorst pitched one inning, gave up two hits and struck out three batters and freshman Autumn McDanel of Moravia allowed one hit, struck out one batter and walked one in one inning of work.
Jacobsen allowed just three hits and struck out seven over four innings in pitching the Bears past ILCC in the opener on April 9. And she again helped her own cause with three hits, including a pair of home runs, and three RBIs.
DMACC took a 6-0 lead in the first, added five runs in the third and closed out the win with two runs in the fourth. The game was called because of the mercy rule after ILCC, ranked 16th in NJACC Division II, batted in the top of the fifth.
Schnathorst pitched the last inning and allowed one run on one hit with one strikeout and two walks.
Dudek, Torres, Gehringer and freshman Bre Hunter of Boone had two hits apiece in the win and Gehringer, sophomore Kenzi Sutton of Adel, Hunter and Creason drove in two runs apiece.
DMACC led 3-1 after three innings and held off a late ILCC rally to come away with the win in the second game. Dudek and Gehringer paced the Bears’ seven-hit attack with doubles and Gehringer, Sutton and Hunter drove in one run apiece.
Sicard went the distance to get the win. She allowed two runs on nine hits, struck out seven and walked two.
The DMACC softball team will face Ellsworth Community College (ECC) in a doubleheader April 12 at Iowa Falls. ECC is 10-21 overall and 4-12 in the ICCAC.