The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) softball team opened the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XI-A Softball Tournament with a 10-2 win over North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) May 2 at the DMACC softball diamond.

DMACC, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, will face Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) in the second round today at the DMACC softball diamond. ICCC defeated Northeast (Neb.) Community College (NECC) in the other first-round game.

Freshman Molly Jacobsen pitched a four-hitter and freshman Abby Gehringer of Indianola and sophomore Megan Rushing of West Des Moines homered as the Bears improved to 42-9 for the season. Jacobsen struck out six and walked one as she ran her record to 21-3.

DMACC opened up a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first when sophomore Claire Dudek of Urbandale walked and moved to third on a single by sophomore Kerigan Torres of Des Moines. Dudek scored on a throwing error and Gehringer homered to give the Bears a lead they would not surrender.

DMACC added to its lead in the fourth as sophomore Kenzie Sutton of Adel doubled and scored on a triple by freshman Bre Hunter of Boone. Hunter then made it a 5-0 game as she came home on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Taylor Creason of Lee’s Summit, Mo.

NIACC closed to within 5-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, but DMACC closed out the win with three runs in the bottom of the inning and two in the bottom of the sixth. Rushing hit a three-run home run in the fifth and Hunter drove in a run with a double in the sixth. That run ended the game because of the mercy rule.

The double-elimination tournament continues through May 4 when the championship game is set to be played at noon. A second championship game, if needed, would be played immediately following the first championship game.

The NJCAA Region XI-A tournament champion will advance to the NJCAA District G Softball Tournament May 6 to 8 at the home of the Region XI-A champion