ROCHESTER, Minn. - Two home runs and a pair of brilliant pitching performances from sophomore Sarah Wilson helped the Marshalltown Community College softball team win three games at the Early Bird Dome Tournament hosted by Rochester Community and Technical College on Saturday.
The Tigers hit three home runs and the pitching staff allowed a combined two runs in four games as the Tigers beat Riverland Community College, 13-1, took down host Rochester, 8-0, and downed Minnesota West Community and Technical College, 10-0.
MCC (4-3) lost its opener 1-0 in eight innings to Bethel University, a day after going 0-2 against Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn.
"We pitched really well today" said first-year MCC coach Ty Robinson. "After the first game, we started hitting the ball. We picked up our intensity and finally got into a rhythm."
Bethel spoiled a pitching gem from Wilson as the Royals scored the game's only run in the eighth inning.
The Tiger bats woke up in the second game. MCC exploded for 13 runs and took down Riverland 13-1 behind seven strong innings from sophomore hurler Brianna James. James earned her first win of the year, while Wilson continued her strong play with a three-run blast to lead the offense.
The Tigers needed just five innings to finish off the host Yellowjackets. Holli Baker pitched a complete-game shutout in the circle and Lexie Biehl powered the MCC bats with a pair of home runs. Wilson also added her third home run of the spring as well as a triple.
Wilson recorded her second pitching win in the day's final game against Minnesota West. The Tigers needed just five innings again and Wilson struck a season-high nine.
MCC lost a pair of games - 8-5 and 5-2 in eight innings - to Dakota County Technical College on Friday.
Wilson and Baker combined to allow all eight runs in the opener as the Blue Knights jumped out to a 4-1 lead and put the Tigers away with three runs in the sixth.
Four of MCC's five runs were scored in the top of the sixth. Wilson and Baker each had two hits with Baker crushing a home run. Biehl and Brooke Dunkin also doubled in the loss. Baker had three RBIs and Biehl scored twice.
Marshalltown was forced to rally from a 2-0 deficit in the nightcap, but it wasn't enough as Dakota County plated three runs in the eighth off James to win in extras.
James took the loss, with only three of the five runs earned. She allowed 11 hits but fanned seven.
Biehl, Wilson and Tacie Blunk each had two hits at the dish. Mackenzie Gott walked twice in her first action of the season.
The Tigers are next scheduled for a pair of games at Southeast Community College on Thursday.