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The Marshalltown Community College Tigers traveled nearly 800 miles from Iowa to play four games over the weekend at Roane State.
The series had mixed results for both teams as the Raiders opened the series Friday with a 5-2 victory and closed the series Saturday with a 5-4 win.
The middle games went to the Tigers. Marshalltown won the second game on Friday, 7-6, before taking game one on Saturday, 5-1.
The split makes Roane State 3-4 on the season while the Tigers are 2-2.
Both teams managed to score in two different innings in Friday’s opener. The difference was the Tigers managed solo runs while the Raiders put crooked numbers on the score board.
Roane State struck first by taking advantage of a pair of errors in the bottom of the first inning. The errors were sandwiched around singles from JT O’Reel and Andrew Henson. O’Reel and Logan Jenkins scored the runs to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead.
Marshalltown tied the score with single runs in the third and fourth innings, but Roane State took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
O’Reel got things going with a single then Derek Basler reached on an error before Henson smacked a two-run double. Lance Mays followed with an RBI single to give the Raiders a 5-2 lead.
Henson (3-4, 1 2B, 3 RBIs, 1 Run) and O’Reel (2-3, 2 runs) had multiple hits on the day while Matt Smith (3 IP, 2 BBs, 5 Ks) picked up the win on the mound.
One bad inning basically cost the Raiders a sweep as a 6-run Tiger fourth inning proved to be the difference in the extra-inning loss for Roane State.
Roane State scored single runs in the first and second innings with O’Reel and Logan Fleener crossing the plate.
Marshalltown, however, took advantage of four walks, three hits and one error to put six runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning.
Roane State cut the lead to 6-5 after scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning.
With two outs and none on, Fielden singled and Fleener walked to start the rally then both scored on a triple from Colby Reeder. Landon Byron added an RBI single to cut the deficit to one.
Roane State tied the game with another 2-out rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. Henson doubled then Fielden singled to send the game into extra innings.
Marshalltown would score an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning that proved to be the game-winner.
Roane State lost the contest despite outhitting the Tigers, 13-7.
Byron (4-4, 1 RBI, 2 SBs), Fielden (2-4, 1 RBI, 1 run), Basler (2-5) and O’Reel (2-3) all had multiple hits for the Raiders in defeat.
One bad inning again cost the Raiders as Marshalltown scored all five of their runs in the top of the sixth inning on four singles and three walks.
Roane State scored just one run and had three hits on the afternoon. Henson (2-3) had two of the hits while O’Reel scored the run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The four-game series ended in dramatic fashion when O’Reel looped a single into shallow right that scored Mays with the game-winning run.
The game was a seesaw affair until O’Reel delivered the game-winner. Roane State led 1-0 after one inning, 3-1 after three, 4-1 after five, but Marshalltown rallied with three runs on a 2-out, bases loaded double in the top of the seventh inning.
O’Reel scored on a Fielden double in the bottom of the first inning. O’Reel was hit by a pitch to start things off for the Raiders.
O’Reel played a part in the third inning rally as well. Jenkins singled and scored on a triple from O’Reel. Henson followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Raiders the 3-1 lead.
O’Reel was at it again in the fifth inning as his RBI single scored Mays, who had singled earlier in the frame.
Mays started Roane State’s rally in the bottom of the seventh inning by reaching on an error. Jenkins followed with a walk before O’Reel gave the Raiders the walk-off win.
O’Reel went 3-for-3 on the day with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. He was 7-of-12 in the series.
Brandon Marsonek (6 IP, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks) picked up the win on the mound.
Roane State hosts King University Tuesday afternoon and will entertain Vincennes University for three games on Friday and Saturday.