Tritons set school home run record

ICCC softball team goes deep five times in sweep, pushing season total to 69

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Parker Matherws of Iowa Central goes for a tag at third base recently during a game at Rogers Park.

The Iowa Central softball team established a new program record for home runs in just their 42nd game of the season during a doubleheader against Iowa Lakes on Wednesday.

For good measure, the 13th-ranked (NJCAA, Div. II) Tritons capped a sweep of the Lakers with — fittingly — one last long ball.

Alexis Morrison finished a three-run rally with a walk-off solo shot in the bottom of the seventh inning as Iowa Central (32-11 overall, 13-7 in the ICCAC) stunned the Lakers, 9-8, in the nightcap at Rogers Park.

Head coach Rick Sandquist’s squad also took the opener, 17-4 in five innings.

The Tritons trailed 5-0 early and 8-6 with three outs to go in game two, but they manufactured a comeback and then dropped the hammer with Morrison’s deep blast. The homer was the team’s fifth of the afternoon and 69th of the year; the previous program record for an entire season had been 66.

“We just kept chipping away (at the deficit) and never gave up,” Sandquist said. “We got off to a much slower start than we had in the opener, but to the girls’ credit, they batttled back.

“It was great to see Alexis finish it the way she did.”

Morrison’s drive made a winner out of Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Bre Tjebben, who worked two innings of scoreless relief. Morrison finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Parker Mathews drove in a pair.

Iowa Central scored five runs with two outs and socked four home runs in the first contest. Tjebben was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBI, while Jenna Peschel went 4-for-4 with four driven in.

Gabi Bingham recorded three hits and scored four times. Payton Andersen was 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI.

Tjebben went deep twice, while Peschel and Andersen also cleared the fence.

“In the past, we’ve had so much speed and relied on our ground game,” Sandquist said. “But this team can really hit the ball out of the park.”

The Lakers are now 14-28 and 5-15.

Iowa Central returns to action on Saturday against Kirkwood. The twinbill may be moved to Friday if inclement weather remains in the forecast.