Tiger comeback earns a split with Ellsworth

JOPLIN, Mo. – Kyle Herrick cooled the Panther bats and picked up his first win of the season as the Marshalltown Community College baseball team split with Ellsworth CC Friday.

Herrick allowed just two hits in 3 1/3 innings of relief in the second game to help the Tigers claim a 6-4 victory after the Panthers took the opener 4-1.

Herrick took the mound in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and MCC trailing 3-2. The Adel native ended the threat with a strikeout and allowed just one hit over the seventh and eighth innings after Ellsworth padded its lead with a run in the sixth.

Pedro Lopez doubled to spark a Tigers rally and Daryl Blaskovich, who had three of the team’s six hits in the opening game, ripped a single up the middle to score Drayson Lum and give MCC a 5-4 lead. Colin Schroeder singled in Lum in the eighth and sophomore John Bloom, an East Marshall graduate, sat down the Panthers (5-11) in order in the ninth to earn his first collegiate save.

Following a 3-for-4 outing in the opener, Blaskovich tacked on two hits in the nightcap to raise his team-leading batting average to .386. Lum, making his first appearance in six games, went 3-of-4 at the dish with two runs scored and an RBI. Seven different Tigers tallied a hit in the win. Richard England struck out seven batters and walked six, while giving up three runs on three hits in 4 2/3 frames.

Alex McCune kept MCC (7-11) in the first game by keeping the Panthers off the scoreboard through the first three frames. Ellsworth scored three in the fourth and once more in the sixth to stake a 4-0 lead.

The Tigers loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth but brought just one runner across as Aneudis Sandoval came in on a walk to Lopez. Prince De Marco tossed two hitless innings in relief.

The two teams resume play at the Joplin Sports Complex today for a doubleheader with first pitch set for 1 p.m.