Tritons remain two back of DMACC

—Photo by Paul DeCoursey Iowa Central’s Jayden Maifield pitches against DMACC in the opener of a doubleheader Friday at Ed Barbour Field.

The Iowa Central baseball team is in the hunt for the ICCAC title and after a split against league leader DMACC, the Tritons still have a chance for the top.

Iowa Central’s (24-15 overall, 12-6 ICCAC) Jayden Maifield tossed a two-hitter in the Tritons 3-0 win. DMACC (28-12, 14-4) bounced back for a 7-2 win in the night cap.

The Tritons will get a quick chance at redemption as they turn around and host a doubleheader against the Bears at Ed Barbour Field today.

“We expect to win it (doubleheader),” said Iowa Central head coach Eric Stein. “They have a solid club, but so do we.

“We created big innings for them and we had a bunch of opportunities. We left some stuff on the table.”

Southeastern (32-10, 11-5) and Northeast (20-11, 10-6) are one and two games out of the lead respectively.

Maifield went seven innings, striking out five and walking three.

“Jayden was really good,” Stein said. “He attacked guys all days and it was his best outing of the year.”

At the plate, Nic Anderson-Vine had two hits for the Tritons. Lyle Fini and Noah Grimes both drove in runs. Nathin Mortimer had a double for Iowa Central.

The Tritons, who have won six of their last seven, grabbed an early 2-0 lead, but four-run and three-run innings put the Bears over the top.

Iowa Central had four hits in the contest from Anderson-Vine, Alberto Ortiz, Eddy Noguera and Mora. Fini had an RBI.

Action between the Tritons and Bears begins at 1 p.m. at Ed Barbour Field.

“We talked after the game about keeping our intensity level up,” Stein said. “We had a shot to sweep the day. We better bring it (today).”