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Tiger baseball, softball swept by Kirkwood

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Marshalltown Community College men’s baseball team had a difficult midweek outing Wednesday, as the Kirkwood CC Eagles swept the Tigers 6-0 and 10-4.

In the opening game of the doubleheader, Kirkwood’s pitching from starter Tucker Christensen kept the Tigers (11-35) off the scoreboard entirely. In six innings of work, Christensen gave up just five hits. In the other dugout, MCC starter Josh Ironside gave up five hits, one walk and six runs (four earned) while striking out four. The game ended after seven innings.

The Tigers gave up two home runs as well, to Andrew Nord and Josh Fitzgerald. Joel Suraganan had two hits to lead MCC.

In game two, the Tigers got on the board early on, scoring three runs in the first three innings.

Kirkwood rallied to tie the game at 4-all before scoring four times in the bottom of the sixth and twice more in the eighth.

Ernesto Moreno Jr., Luke Pell and Weston Durman drove in one run each and Bryan Morales brought in a run on a sacrifice fly.

MCC has a weekend series with Iowa Lakes at home on Saturday and Sunday.

Tigers no match for Eagles

A final homestand for the Marshalltown Community College softball team was not enough to get the Tigers a win against the 11th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles on Wednesday. The 8-0 and 13-3 losses drop the Tigers to 9-45 on the season.

In game one, the MCC bats were shut down in what has been an all-too-often occurrence late in the season. MCC had four hits — all singles — and struck out 10 times at the plate. Reagan Emerick, Reagan McIlrath, Sabrina McKay and Claire Skinner had one hit each.

Tigers pitcher Bailey Ashton, with no run support, gave up eight runs (seven earned) and eight hits in seven innings of work. She did record seven strikeouts, though.

Game two produced some runs for MCC — but unfortunately for the Tigers, Kirkwood also had a more potent game at the plate. Kodie Hoskey had a difficult game on the mound, giving up 12 hits and 13 runs (11 of them earned) while striking out five batters. The Eagles hit three home runs.

MCC scored two in the first and one in the fifth. Maggie Harrison hit a two-run homer and Lexy Davis drove in a run as well.

The Tigers visit Iowa Lakes on Saturday and Sunday.

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