MARSHALLTOWN — The Indian Hills softball team used dominant pitching in game one and a slew of late hits in game two to secure an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference sweep at Marshalltown on Friday.
Alexis Groet tossed her first collegiate no-hitter, shutting down Marshalltown over six innings in an 8-0 victory for the Warriors to open the regional twinbill. The bats came alive for IHCC in the nightcap, erasing a five-run deficit with 16 runs in the final four innings of a 16-7 victory, the eighth-straight win for Indian Hills heading into a huge weekend regional doubleheader.
Indian Hills (17-14, 4-0) will head to Council Bluffs on Sunday for a doubleheader at Iowa Western. The Warriors and Reivers will be battling for the outright ICCAC lead after both teams scored regional wins on Friday with Iowa Western taking down Southeastern.
Macey Harrington had another big day at the plate on Friday for Indian Hills, driving in two runs immediately with a two-run homer in the first inning of game one. Harrington would go on to hammer a second home run in game two, following a go-ahead two-run homer by Brooke Snider, as Indian Hills scored seven runs in the sixth inning of game two to erase a 7-6 Tiger lead.
Jaylie Reints and Snider both had a pair of home runs in game two, including go-ahead home runs at different points of a wild nightcap with the Tigers. Reints hammered her second home run in the fifth inning to put IHCC ahead 6-5 before Snider stepped up in the sixth to put Indian Hills ahead for good with her second two-run blast after Marshalltown had regained a 7-6 lead off relief pitcher Jakala Hall.
Groet, meanwhile, allowed just one base runner on a one-out walk in the first inning of game one. The former Oskaloosa state champion ace hurler earned her team-leading ninth win in the pitching circle for IHCC striking out nine batters of six innings of work.