Triton softball splits

BOONE – The Iowa Central softball squad split an ICCAC road doubleheader against 13th-ranked (NJCAA Div. II) DMACC here on Saturday.

The Tritons (25-8 overall, 7-3 in the league) rolled in the opener, 8-1. The Bears (18-6, 9-3) bounced back to take the nightcap, 1-0.

Head coach Josh Sandin’s squad plated two runs in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings of game one. Emilee Dorphinghaus, Chelsy Krantz (Fort Dodge) and Sammie Hildreth had two hits each, and Nicole Dobernecker homered for the 12th time this season.

That was more than enough offense for North Union graduate Allie Ingalls (9-1), who went the distance and allowed just one earned run, striking out three.

Every Iowa Central player had at least one hit. Krantz stole two bases in the win.

”Our offense has been really balanced,” Sandin said. ”The bottom of the order got things going for us in the second inning, and we kept the momentum rolling. That was good to see. We’re the only team in the conference that can say we’ve beaten (the opposition’s top starter) at least once.”

DMACC plated a single run in the bottom of the seventh to break a scoreless tie and salvage a split. The Triton bats struggled in support of Carmen Rivera, who didn’t walk a batter and struck out five.

”This was Carmen’s best outing by far,” Sandin said. ”It’s too bad we couldn’t get her any run support, but their pitcher did a great job of getting ahead in the count and keeping us off balance.

”You always take a road split in this conference, but it’s tough to out-score them 8-2 on the day and only have a 1-1 record to show for it. A sweep would’ve been outstanding, but I can’t complain at all about our effort in these games.”

Iowa Central returns to action on Monday, facing Indian Hills in Des Moines. First pitch in the twinbill is set for 1 p.m.