MASON CITY - Staying on a roll, the Iowa Central softball team swept an ICCAC doubleheader from North Iowa Area on Wednesday.
Following a 5-1 victory in their opener, the Tritons (36-9 overall, 15-3 in the league) cruised to an 11-0 triumph in the nightcap.
Emilee Dorpinghaus and Katie Newbury each went 2-for-4 offensively for Iowa Central in Game 1. Dorpinghaus also scored twice and drove in one, while Taylor Barnett crossed the dish twice. Sammie Hildreth added a triple and two RBI.
"There was an oppressive wind blowing straight in from left field at about 40 miles per hour, so it was just a miserable day," said ICCC head coach Josh Sandin. "I was glad we won the first game without hitting a home run. It was nice to see us manufacture some runs."
Allie Ingalls (17-5) went the distance in the circle for the Tritons, scattering four hits and one earned run. Ingalls walked six and fanned 11.
In the five-inning second contest, Iowa Central received home runs from Casey-May Huff, Dorpinghaus, Nicole Dobernecker and Ingalls. The Tritons erupted for nine of their scores in the fifth inning alone.
IOWA CENTRAL 5, NIACC 1
Iowa Central 002 003 0-5 8 1
NIACC 001 000 0-1 4 5
WP-Allie Ingalls (17-5; 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 11 K); LP-Kimberly Wedeking (6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K).
2B-N: Brittani Sanchez, Emilie Sterling, Wedeking. SB-ICCC: Emilee Dorpinghaus, Nicole Dobernecker, Josie Heesch. N: Haley Johnson.
IOWA CENTRAL 11,
NIACC 0 (5 Inn.)
Iowa Central 001 19-11 14 0
NIACC 000 00-0 3 5
WP-Carmen Rivera (9-3; 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 K); LP-Kelsey Nilges (4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K).
2B-ICCC: Taylor Barnett (2), Sammie Hildreth, Dobernecker. HR-ICCC: Casey-May Huff, Dorpinghaus, Dobernecker, Ingalls. SB-ICCC: Lexie Miller, Dorpinghaus; N: Sterling.
Dobernecker's longball was her 19th of the year, tying Megan Risetter (Fort Dodge) for the single-season program record.
Carmen Rivera (9-3) picked up the complete game victory, allowing only three hits and no earned runs. She walked four with eight strikeouts.
Iowa Central outhit the Trojans (10-14, 2-12) in the twinbill, 22-7. The Tritons committed just one error compared to 10 for NIACC.
Winners of 11 straight games, Iowa Central hosts 13th-ranked (NJCAA Div. II) Des Moines Area in a showdown on Friday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. The Bears were swept at No. 4 and league-leading Kirkwood on Wednesday by scores of 3-2 and 9-5.
"Those games Friday are pretty big," Sandin said. We've definitely locked in at least the No. 2 seed (for the regional tournament), but we still control our own destiny with the tiebreaker over Kirkwood. We just have to take things one game at a time."