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Tigers register first league win

Collins drives in winning run to set Marshalltown CC career RBI mark

April 6, 2011
By TRAVIS HINES - Sports Writer ( , Times-Republican

Cayla Collins' liner in the bottom of the seventh inning in a nightcap with Iowa Lakes should be unforgettable for the Marshalltown Community College slugger.

If only now if she could remember it.

The sophomore's run-scoring, walk-off hit gave MCC a split with the Lakers on Tuesday afternoon and put her atop the career RBI chart for the Tigers.

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Marshalltown Community College’s Dena Martin avoids the tag from Iowa Lakes catcher Carla Carillo, right, to score in the first inning of MCC’s eventual 10-2, 5-inning loss to the Lakers on Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers took the nightcap, 5-4, to earn a split on the day.

"Every big hit I've ever had, I don't remember them. I don't remember where the balls are, I don't remember what I was thinking," said Collins, who now has 80 career RBIs for MCC. She is also the school's career leader in home runs. "I just go out and try to put the ball in play, and that's what happened."

Even so, notching the record-breaking RBI on a walk-off has to be pretty special. Right?

"That was pretty awesome," admitted Collins.

Collins' game-winner provided the exclamation point on a 5-4 come-from-behind victory after MCC (7-15, 1-5) dropped a 10-2, mercy-rule shortened contest in the day's opener.

"We've talked a lot about it's a 14 inning day. Those first few innings when (Iowa Lakes) got a couple on us, we were kind of down," said MCC head coach Jeff Lamb, "but I think the girls picked each other up really well."

The Lakers (11-5, 4-2) were able to hang crooked numbers on the board in a pair of innings off MCC's game one starter, Rachel Robinson, to turn a close contest into a 5-inning route.

MCC led 2-1 heading into the third inning, but Iowa Lakes managed to plate five runs in the frame and then added another four in the fourth to turn the game lopsided.

Iowa Lakes had five extra-base hits in game one, including a home run from Katie Larson, who went 4-for-5 on the day combined.

In the nightcap, the Lakers put three runs on the board in the second inning courtesy of two MCC errors to take an early advantage.

The Tigers got one run back in the fourth and battled for two in the fifth to knot the game, but Kristen Heimerl launched the first pitch she saw from Taylor Daubenberger over the fence to start the sixth inning to put ILCC up 4-3.

Daubenberger, who allowed just three hits in her start, pitched a scoreless seventh, and the MCC offense did the rest.

Marshalltown loaded the bases and tied the game at four on Hally Lenzine's sacrifice fly. Then, Collins stepped into the batter's box and fired one into the right-center gap to earn MCC's first league victory of the season.

"We've tried to really try to make this our home field and make that our advantage and we haven't really done a real good job of doing that," said Lamb. "But today we talked about that's why we want to hit last, that's why we want to be in that position.

"They just stayed with it."

Iowa Lakes' Taylor Mackey pitched both games, picking up the win in game one and the loss in game two. Robinson was the game one loser in her 3 2/3 innings while Daubenberger went the distance to earn the 'W' in game two.

Kayla Blocker finished with three hits for MCC while Lenzine and Megan Gott both tallied a pair of RBIs.

The Tigers take on NJCAA Divison II No. 3 Iowa Central at 3 p.m. on Thursday.



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