The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) softball team ran its winning streak to 22 consecutive games after sweeping a doubleheader from Southeast (Neb.) Community College (SECC) April 18 at the DMACC softball diamond.


The Bears, ranked fifth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll, took the opener, 22-0, and won the nightcap, 12-0, to improve to 37-5 for the season. Both games were called because of the mercy rule after SECC batted in the top of the fifth.


Freshman Molly Jacobsen of Adel pitched a one-hitter and freshman Bre Hunter of Boone had a pair of hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs to lead DMACC to its win in the opener. The Bears took a commanding lead with seven runs in the first inning, scored twice in the second inning and closed out the win with five runs in the third and eight in the fourth.


Jacobsen struck out eight and did not walk a batter as she improved to 18-2 for the season. Sophomore Taylor Creason of Lee’s Summit, Mo., had three hits in the win and sophomores Claire Dudek of Urbandale, Kerigan Torres of Des Moines, Kenzi Sutton of Adel and Megan Rushing of West Des Moines and freshman Jamie Jordan of Martensdale joined Hunter with two hits apiece. Dudek, Jordan, Sutton, Rushing and sophomore Jade Petersen of Moville drove in two runs apiece.


Hunter and freshman Abby Gehringer of Indianola homered and sophomore Ashley Sicard of Ackley threw a three-hitter to lead DMACC in the second game. The Bears got off to another good start with three runs in the first and built the win with a run in the second, seven runs in the third and another run in the fourth.


Sicard threw three innings, struck out four batters and did not allow a walk as she improved to 17-2 for the season. Petersen worked the last two innings, allowing two hits and striking out one batter. Hunter and Dudek had two hits and three RBIs apiece to lead DMACC at the plate. Torres had three hits in the win and Gehringer and Creason had two apiece. Gehringer also drove in a pair of runs for the Bears.


The DMACC softball team, which is undefeated in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference at 20-0, will host Kirkwood Community College (KCC) in a doubleheader April 21 at the DMACC softball team. The Eagles, ranked second in the NJCAA Division II poll, are 19-1 in the ICCAC and 41-2 overall. They have won their last 15 games. An earlier doubleheader between the two teams was cancelled because of inclement weather.