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Cavin Leeds April 19, 2017

The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) baseball team improved to 18-17 for the season and 8-6 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) after dividing a doubleheader with Ellsworth Community College (ECC) April 16 at the DMACC baseball diamond.

ECC overcame a 9-6 deficit with four runs in the top of the seventh and took the opener, 10-9. DMACC won the second game, 10-0, and game was called because of the 10-run mercy rule after the Bears scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth.

ECC scored six runs in the top of the third of the opener, but DMACC came back to tie the game at 6-6 with a run in the fourth and five in the fifth. The Bears added three runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 9-6 lead before ECC’s rally in the top of the seventh gave the Panthers the win.

Sophomore Michael Michalak of Rochester, Minn., and Noah Heitshusen of Williamsburg homered for DMACC in the loss. Sophomore Sean Noel of Stillwater, Minn., and freshman Carson Youngquist of Sussex, Wis., paced the Bears’ 13-hit attack with three hits apiece and Michalak, sophomore Conner Klosterman of Dyersville and Heitshusen had two hits apiece. Klosterman drove in three DMACC runs and Michalak and Noel drove in two runs apiece.

Sophomore Parker Sanburn of Kokomo, Ind., pitched the first three innings for the Bears, allowing six runs on seven hits. He struck out three and walked three. Freshman Tyler Bujanowski of Oak Creek, Wis., worked two innings, allowing one hit, striking out one batter and walking two and sophomore Alex Glick of St. Francis, Minn., allowed three runs, struck out five and walked one in one inning on the mound. Freshman John Werner of Burlington gave up one run on two hits and struck out four batters in one inning. He suffered the loss, his second of the season against one win.

Freshman Jack Johnson of St. Paul, Minn., had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs to lead DMACC to the win in the second game. The Bears opened up a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, added another run in the third and put the game away with two runs in the fifth and five in the sixth. Noel had a pair of hits in the win and Klosterman and Heitshusen drove in two runs apiece.

Freshman Malik Moore of Waukee went the distance and earned his second win of the season against three losses. Moore allowed just two hits and struck out three.

The DMACC baseball team was scheduled for face ECC in another doubleheader today at the DMACC baseball diamond.

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