The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) baseball team won three of four games against Southeastern Community College (SECC) April 26 and 28 at West Burlington.
The Bears took the opener on April 28, 7-4, and lost the second game, 11-1. They won both games on April 29, 4-2 and 11-3. The results give DMACC a 34-14 record this season and keep the Bears atop the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) at 18-6.
DMACC trailed SECC 2-0 after the first inning of the opener on April 26 but responded with single runs in the third and fourth innings, three runs in the fifth and two runs in the sixth to come away with the win.
Sophomore Roman Vega of Buffalo, Minn., paced DMACC's nine-hit attack with three singles and sophomores Calen Schwabe of Thompson, N.D., and Denver Blinn of West Fargo, N.D., had two hits apiece. Vega, sophomores Austin Murr of Stillwater, Minn., Evan Salmon of Urbandale and Jacob Pinkerton of Beatrice, Neb., and freshman Carter Troncin of Urbandale drove in one run apiece.
Sophomore Jackson Uner of Maplewood, Minn., pitched the first three and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He struck out two and walked three. Sophomore Thomas Bruchu of Stillwater, Minn., went three innings and earned his first win of the season against one loss. He allowed two runs on four hits, struck out one and walked three. Freshman Kolton Scherbenske of Rapid City, S.D., went a third of an inning and earned his first save of the season, retiring the only batter he faced.
DMACC trailed 1-0 after three innings in the second game but managed a 1-1 tie with a run in the top of the sixth. SECC answered with 10 runs in the bottom of the inning to end the game because of the mercy rule.
The Bears were limited to five hits in the loss, one each by Blinn, Salmon, Vega, sophomore Morgan Holmes of Minneapolis, Minn., and freshman T.J. Mahoney of Des Moines. Blinn and Salmon doubled for the Bears' only extra base hits in the game and Salmon drove in DMACC's only run.
Freshman Logan Ymker of Sioux Falls, S.D., pitched the first five innings for the Bears, allowing four runs on one hit. He struck out four and walked four. Freshman Nathaniel Gorczyca of Omaha, Neb., went two-thirds of an inning, allowing seven runs on three hits. He struck out one, walked three and took the loss to level his record a 1-1. Freshman Cole Schumacher of Bennington, Neb., faced three batters in the game, walking two and allowing one hit. He was not credited with any innings pitched.
DMACC got a pair of RBIs from Troncin and one from Murr in wining the first game on April 28. Blinn, Salmon, Troncin, Vega and sophomore Misael Sanchez of Allentown, Penn., had hits for the Bears, including a double by Salmon.
DMACC took a 2-0 lead in the first and scored single runs in the fifth and seventh innings, SECC scored one run in the third and one in the fifth.
Freshman Kaden Peterson of Luther went six and two-thirds innings and improved to 4-0 with the win. He allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked five. Freshman Will Moritz of West Des Moines went a third of an inning and earned his first save of the season by retiring the only batter he faced.
Murr had four hits, including a double and a triple and Vega had three hits and three RBIs as DMACC took the final game of the series. The game was tied 3-3 after four innings but the Bears pulled away behind a three-run rally in the fifth and a five-run rally in the sixth.
Blinn and Troncin had two hits apiece and Murr and Troncin each drove in two runs.
Sophomore Henry Ristvedt of Savage, Minn., went all seven innings and improved to 5-2 with the win. He allowed three runs on eight hits, struck out six and walked three.
The DMACC baseball team will face the Central College junior varsity (CCJV) in a doubleheader April 30 at the DMACC baseball diamond. The Bears have faced CCJV four times this season and have won all four, 20-0 and 18-0 April 26 at Pella and 13-3 and 11-1 April 24 at the DMACC baseball diamond.