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Home run Hally

May 3, 2012
By Steve Muntz of Marshalltown Community College

A house sits in the horizon well beyond the left-field fence of the Marshalltown Community College softball diamond.

It's a place where no batted ball should reach.

One Tiger is testing that statement.

Marshalltown Community College sophomore Hally Lenzine is having a season for the ages as she is hitting .469 with 27 home runs and 73 RBIs as the Tigers (26-20) begin the Region XI tournament against Southwestern today in Fort Dodge.

Before reaching that house in left field there are power lines and shrubs. The shrubs are a good 35 paces from the diamond's left-center fence.

"She hit one over those shrubs and that power line that is above them," said MCC head coach Jeff Lamb. "It was mammoth."

Lenzine's ability to hit the long-ball has even created the question among the team: Who can hit it farther? Her or the team's head coach, a former NCAA Division I baseball player.

"She hit that one way over those bushes. Jeff thinks he can hit farther, but we don't think he can hit farther than her," freshman Felisha Durflinger said with a smile.

"It would be a good contest."

"Obviously she's seeing the ball the best by far out of all of us," Durflinger added.

Lenzine has broken the program's single season runs scored (51), home run and RBI records already.

Her 27 home runs rank second in NJCAA Division II and she is sixth in RBIs.

Additionally, she is slugging 1.105 and has an on-base percentage of .548. Of the 23 doubleheaders played by the Tigers this season, Lenzine has failed to record an extra-base hit only five times.

"It's unreal the season she's had," Lamb said. "I've never seen anything like it and never coached anybody that's had the success she's had."

The MCC records appeared to be a high-standing bar after Cayla Collins slugged 22 home runs and drove in 62 as a freshman in 2010.

"Collins was something else," Lamb added. "I don't want to take anything away from Cayla and what she did, but Hally's just had an outstanding year.

"She's picked up on what we've been talking about from the get-go and I think that helped a lot."

Lenzine was a first team all-stater in Class 3A at Chariton High School as a senior. Her freshman season at MCC saw her hit .265 with five home runs and 38 RBIs.

"I just wanted to improve. Last season I didn't have a good season I didn't think," the catcher/first baseman Lenzine said. "I went to work, took what Jeff was saying and kept working on it. It paid off."

Wrist and ankle injuries slowed Lenzine in her first season as a Tiger.

"This year she's healthy," Lamb said.

"Everything just never seemed to be quite right with her last year," he added.

Lenzine slugged seven home runs and drove in 25 through MCC's season-opening 10-game swing in Kansas.

"I was shooting for maybe 10 (home runs) this year, something like that," Lenzine said. "But after the whole spring break trip I already beat what I did last season and just kept on going from there."

"It's about just making sure I see my pitch and get what I can get," she said.

Eight times this season Lenzine has hit multiple home runs in a game. One of those times came against nationally ranked Kirkwood. In her last game of the regular season, Lenzine hit three homers at NIACC.

"Hally just keeps hitting home runs and it's always at the perfect time when we need it," said sophomore Dena Martin.

"Almost all of them are memorable. I mean the one she hit that almost hit that house was pretty unforgettable. I think almost every time she hits a home run and I'm on base I don't even look for it I just know it's gone so I just start jogging which is nice."

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