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Cavin Leeds March 27, 2017

The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) softball team improved to 17-5 for the season and 2-0 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) after sweeping a doubleheader against Ellsworth Community College (ECC) March 26 at the DMACC softball diamond.

The Bears, ranked sixth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll, won the opener by a 16-1 score and took the nightcap, 14-2. Both games were called because of the mercy rule after ECC batted in the top of the fifth.

Freshman Molly Jacobsen of Adel tossed a three-hitter over four innings and struck out 11 and she and sophomore Kenzie Sutton of Adel hit home runs to power the Bears in the opener. DMACC opened up a 2-0 lead on Sutton’s two-run home run in the bottom of the first. The Bears scored nine runs in the second, highlighted by Jacobsen’s three-run home run, and closed out the win with five runs in the third.

Jacobsen, Sutton, sophomore Taylor Creason of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and freshman Autumn McDanel of Moravia had two hits apiece in the win and Jacobsen and Sutton drove in three runs apiece with Creason getting a pair of RBIs.

Jacobsen pitched the first four innings and came away with her eighth win of the season against two losses. McDanel worked one inning and struck out all three batters she faced.

Sutton collected three singles and a double in four at-bats and drove in three runs to lead DMACC past the Panthers in the second game. The Bears took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, padded their advantage to 8-0 after two innings, put the game out of reach with five runs in the third and closed out the win with a run in the bottom of the fourth.

Sophomore Claire Dudek of Urbandale had three hits and drove in a run for DMACC and sophomore Kerigan Torres of Des Moines and freshman Bre Hunter of Boone had two hits apiece. Hunter, Creason and freshman Cassie Harrington of Des Moines each drove in two runs for the Bears.

Sophomore Ashley Sicard of Ackley improved to 8-2 with the win. She allowed two runs on four hits and struck out two batters. McDanel pitched one inning and struck out two batters.

The DMACC softball team will face North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in a doubleheader today at the DMACC softball diamond. The Trojans are 9-11 overall and 0-2 in the ICCAC.

For more information, contact: Bob Ligouri (515) 371-4846

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