Ollinger’s cycle wasted as Tigers tumble four times

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – A return to the Winter Indoor Classic yielded the same results as the week prior.

The Marshalltown Community College softball team went 0-4 with two losses both Thursday and Friday, despite sophomore Kortlan Ollinger hitting for the cycle against Ellsworth on Friday.

The Tigers (0-8) were swept on Thursday with losses of 24-7 to Williston State and 8-3 against the St. Thomas junior varsity.

Against Williston State, Ollinger was 2-for-3 with a double, while Raini Hillmer was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer.

Lauren Wolfe led off against St. Thomas with a 3-for-3 plate performance that included a double, a stolen base and a run scored. Sarah Ghee also doubled in a run and scored. Chezarae Garcia took the loss in the circle for her three innings of work despite allowing just two hits and one run with five strikeouts.

Ollinger accounted for four of MCC’s six hits in Friday’s opener, a 9-8 loss to Ellsworth. The center fielder finished 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, a home run, three runs scored and three RBIs. She also stole a base.

Ollinger’s two-run homer in the second inning got the Tigers out to a 4-0 lead that didn’t make it the distance. Ellsworth scored six times in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and tacked on another in the first extra inning.

MCC’s second trip to the Irish Sports Dome ended with an 8-1 loss to Iowa Central. Wolfe and Marshalltown High School graduate Kari Smith accounted for the Tigers’ only hits.

Marshalltown’s next six games are in Minnesota, too, resuming the start of the spring season with a trip to Rochester Community & Technical College on Feb. 27 for games against Iowa Central and the host Yellowjackets.