Triton softball team splits in home debut

What started out as a promising day for the Iowa Central softball team ended in frustration here Sunday afternoon.

Making its 2014 home debut, the Tritons (20-7 overall, 2-2 in the league) were forced to settle for a split against Marshalltown in ICCAC action at Rogers Sports Complex.

After cruising to a 10-2 victory in its opener, Iowa Central suffered a 14-6 setback in the nightcap.

“We played about as well as we possibly could’ve in the first game, and we were about as bad as we could’ve been in the second game,” ICCC head coach Josh Sandin said. “What stinks is that we really had a chance to take control, but we let one slip away.

“We’re just not good enough to play at 90 percent against anybody.”

Chelsy Krantz (Fort Dodge), Sammie Hildreth and Casey-May Huff all delivered two hits in Game 1 for the Tritons, who plated six runs in the third and four more insurance scores in the fifth to seal the deal. Krantz, a University of West Florida signee, added two runs, two RBI and a stolen base out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

Emilee Dorpinghaus also crossed the dish twice, while Nicole Dobernecker and Huff each drove in two. Huff, a third baseman and No. 7 batter, launched a two-run longball – her second of the year – to center field in the third.

“We know that we’re a good team, but there’s a big difference between knowing and being,” said Sandin. “The important thing is this wasn’t the end, and we still have 24 more conference games left. This was just a little bump in the road.”

Freshman hurler Allie Ingalls (North Union) went the distance in the victory, scattering nine hits and two earned runs. Ingalls (10-4) walked two and fanned two. Forty-eight of her 85 pitches were strikes. She has now allowed just 70 hits in 81 2/3 innings on the year.

“I thought Allie threw the ball really well for a second straight outing,” Sandin said. “She’s been our standout this season.

“I didn’t want to go back to her in the second game, but I thought she gave us the best chance of holding (the Tigers) in check while we tried to make a comeback.”

Down 6-0 in the fourth, Marshalltown (14-9, 5-3) spoiled Ingalls’ shutout bid with RBI doubles from Tacie Blunk and Kyndal Milder.

In the second contest, Krantz went 3-for-4 offensively with two runs, two stolen bases and a RBI. Dobernecker and Kenzie Shelgren (Humboldt) both notched a pair of hits as well.

Sarah Wilson smacked a wind-aided, three-run, round-tripper for the Tigers, who pulled away behind 10 scores over the last three frames. Lexie Biehl was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI for the visitors. Wilson and Brooke Dunkin managed two hits apiece, while Emmeline Huffaker scored four times.

Despite the loss, Iowa Central posted the exact same number of hits (11) and errors (three) as Marshalltown.

Defensively, the Tritons also turned three twin killings on the day compared to one for the Tigers.

“It was awesome to finally play at home,” said Sandin. “Hopefully, we can bounce back now on Tuesday at NIACC.”

First pitch for the ICCAC doubleheader between the Tritons and Trojans (9-7, 1-5) is set for 3:30 p.m. in Mason City. NIACC was swept by 15th-ranked (NJCAA Div. II) DMACC on Sunday by scores of 1-0 and 4-1.