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Triton Softball Hangs on for Sweep

April 13, 2012
Fort Dodge Press Athletics

Article by Josh Sandin of Iowa Central Community College

FORT DODGE - The fourth-ranked Iowa Central softball team earned an ICCAC sweep of NIACC Wednesday at Triton Field. Iowa Central rolled to a 13-0 win in the opener and fought back in the nightcap for a 10-7 win.

Iowa Central (39-7 overall, 12-2 ICCAC) got the action going early in the opener with four runs in the first inning, six in the second and three more in the third to build a 13-0 lead. Brittany Madsen and Megan Risetter provided the fireworks as each homered. Risetter also doubled and had five RBI. Morgan Allee, Hannah Koerperich, McKristie Jeske and Risetter each had two hits.

Kasie Jensen was dominant in the circle as she allowed just one hit and struck out eight batters for her second shutout of the season.

The nightcap was a different story. After Iowa Central took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, NIACC exploded for three runs in the top of the second off starting pitcher MacKenzie Siefken. Iowa Central cut the lead to 3-1 in the third on an Allee sacrifice fly, but NIACC responded with another run in the fourth.

Finally, Iowa Central was able to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a seven-run rally highlighted by home runs from Risetter and Madsen. Even with a 9-4 lead Iowa Central wasn’t safe. The Trojans continued to fight as they scored three more runs in the fifth to cut the lead to 9-7.

Iowa Central responded with an insurance run in the fifth then handed the ball to Corinne Frei who recorded her first save of the season. She struck out three batters in two perfect innings of work. Jensen earned the win in relief for her second win of the day.

“Give NIACC credit, they never stopped playing hard all day,” said head coach Josh Sandin. “They gave us all we could handle in the second game. That shows how good our conference is.”

Offensively Iowa Central pounded out 14 hits with five doubles and a pair of homers in the game. Risetter led the way, going 3-for-4 with four RBI, a double and a home run. Allee, Madsen, Sandquist and Libe each had two hits.

“I liked our approach at the plate today,” said Sandin. “We didn’t panic when we got down early and we responded with some big hits. When half of your hits go for extra bases, you’re doing something right.”

Iowa Central moved into sole possession of first place in the ICCAC with the sweep as No. 8 Kirkwood (11-3 ICCAC) split with DMACC Wednesday.

“That’s where we want to be, but we are only half way through the conference season,” said Sandin. “We have a lot of tough games, and some very tough games on the road to get through before we start thinking about seeding and postseason play.”

Iowa Central kicks off a six-game road trip this Friday when it head to Iowa Falls to face Ellsworth at 3:00 p.m. Saturday Iowa Central heads to Marshalltown at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday Iowa Central goes to Boone to face DMACC at 1:00 p.m.

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