Tritons lose twice to NIACC

Iowa Central gave NIACC extra outs and at-bats all afternoon long in their ICCAC softball twinbill here Saturday.

The Tritons paid the price accordingly.

The Trojans (13-18 overall, 4-9 in the conference) surprisingly swept Iowa Central (24-14, 6-8) on a blustery day at Rogers Park, ending a five-game losing streak and avenging a doubleheader setback against head coach Rick Sandquist’s squad from earlier in the season.

Scores were 5-1 and 11-8 in favor of NIACC.

”You just can’t have physical and mental mistakes like this,” Sandquist said. ”If you give your opponent added opportunities to do damage, eventually they will. It’s really frustrating, because a lot of (the miscues) are avoidable. We didn’t take care of the little things at all (Saturday), and that goes for hitting, pitching, baserunning, defense -you name it.”

The Tritons committed eight total errors and walked eight batters – all in the nightcap – as their modest three-game winning streak came to an end. Their bats were silenced by Lexy Peterson in the opener, though Iowa Central did leave four runners in scoring position over the last two innings alone.

Peterson struck out 12 and scattered five hits. Lexi Korte didn’t walk a batter and fanned seven for the Tritons, but she surrendered a pair of runs in both the first and second innings. NIACC never fully relinquished the momentum from there.

Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Jamie Haden homered for the lone Iowa Central run.

The Tritons seemed to be on their way to a split in the second contest after taking a 4-0 lead. The Trojans knotted the score with four runs in the top of the third, though, then tallied two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to take control.

Leadoff hitter Kendall Cornick went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs, while Allison Scott and Brittany Florea contributed three hits each. Scott homered and drove in three.

Haden, a sophomore catcher, went deep again and had three RBI for the Tritons. Abby Dobernecker was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and No. 9 hitter Cali Koeneke added three hits and two RBI.

”Jamie’s been in a zone at the plate,” Sandquist said. ”We had some better at-bats (in the nightcap), but walking eight and committing five errors isn’t going to win you any ballgames.”

Temperatures were in the mid-40s yesterday, but the wind was blowing out to left-center field at sustained levels of 25 miles an hour.

The schedule offers little relief for the Tritons here Sunday. Iowa Central faces sixth-ranked (NJCAA Div. II) Kirkwood (35-4, 13-1) in a doubleheader that begins at noon.