Tigers can’t elude elimination; MCC baseball bounced by Indian Hills
CENTERVILLE — The Marshalltown Community College baseball team staved off elimination before being bounced from the NJCAA Division I Region XI bracket by Indian Hills on Friday night.
The Tigers (14-38) sent Southwestern home in the first game of the day, beating the Blackhawks 13-3 in six innings. Clayton Slack went 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs, and pitcher Matt Hendricks went the distance on the mound for MCC. Hendricks allowed two earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six.
Ernest Moreno Jr., Weston Durman and Joel Suraganan had two hits apiece for the Tigers in eliminating Southwestern (6-49).
Indian Hills was bounced from the top side of the bracket by 10th-ranked Iowa Western, falling 4-2, but the Warriors rebounded with their second victory over MCC in as many days. Indian Hills trailed 2-0 before scoring 10 runs in a row on its way to a 14-6, eight-inning win.
MCC starting pitcher Riley McKinnon was ticketed with the loss despite allowing three runs — one earned — over five innings. He gave up two hits and two walks, striking out four. The Tigers’ bullpen surrendered 11 runs over the next two innings as Indian Hills (36-16) advanced back to Saturday’s finals against Iowa Western.
Gerardo Villarreal and Thomas Emerich both had two hits and drove in four runs for the Warriors.
Slack, Moreno and Luke Pell had two hits apiece for MCC. Duncan Picketts tripled and scored.