Iowa Central cruises in regional softball opener

Photo by Kirk Hardcastle, for The Messenger Maddie Wagner and her Triton teammates celebrate their win on Tuesday over Northeast in Boone.

BOONE — The 17th-ranked Iowa Central softball team showed no signs of rust after an extended break, taking care of Northeast here Tuesday afternoon.

The Tritons scored a 9-1 victory in six innings, advancing in the Region XI-A tournament. Iowa Central (39-19 overall) will now face fifth-ranked DMACC (42-7) Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Alexis Egan was 4-for-4 with three runs, three steals and an RBI from the leadoff spot, while Sonya McCormick had two hits, two RBI and stole two bases.

Kama Kaeo added two hits and two RBI, while Ashley Hahnbaum had a solo home run.

“When Alexis is getting on, we can really create on the bases,” ICCC head coach Rick Sandquist said. “Alexis and Sonya did a great job of doing that.

“With the (recent) weather (troubles), nobody has played in nine days, but we came out and were very crisp in all aspects.”

Egan moved back into the No. 1 spot in the nation for steals with 67 on the year — one ahead of Waubonsee’s Courtni Neubauer.

Jessa May was strong both inside the circle and at the plate, as she scattered seven hits and struck out four without issuing a walk. May was also 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored.

“Jessa did a great job of and was efficient,” Sandquist said. “When you don’t walk anybody, you can allow seven hits and not hurt yourself.”

The Tritons scored three quick runs in the first and ended it early in the sixth with four more. Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Molly Matthes had a run, an RBI and a steal.

Northeast’s Teanne Edens, who earned a 3-1 win earlier this year over Iowa Central, recorded just three strikeouts in the game. She entered fourth in the nation with 185 strikeouts this season.

DMACC took care of NIACC to open tournament play, 10-2 in six innings. Weather caused last week’s action to be delayed until Tuesday.

“We are going to give (DMACC) a battle,” Sandquist said. “We’ll be prepared and go at it.”