BY: The Messenger Sports Staff
CRESTON — The fifth-ranked Iowa Central softball team salvaged a split here Thursday afternoon with Southwestern.
After dropping the opener, 8-6 in 10 innings, the Tritons bounced back with an 11-3 victory in the nightcap.
"We're definitely not content with a split here," ICCC head coach Rick Sandquist said. "We allowed them to get some momentum and they took advantage of it.
"That's how those games go."
Cheyenne Andersen led the offense in the doubleheader, blasting three more home runs and driving in four. She now has a 14 homers this year and 29 in her Iowa Central career.
Bre Tjebben had a home run in each game to push her season total to eight, with Lauren James and Sidney Marker each driving in two and scoring three combined runs in the win. Parker Mathews picking up two hits and Gabi Bingham scoring two runs.
Bre Small picked up the win, pitching three-plus innings with a strikeout and just three hits allowed.
"We had a big inning and that was good to see us jump on them early," Sandquist said. "We've got a big weekend ahead so we'll have to play better."
Andersen, Bingham and Alexis Morrison all had two hits in the first game, with Andersen scoring two runs and Sophie Cave driving in a pair.
The Tritons return to action this weekend when they travel to seventh-ranked Kirkwood on Saturday and No. 20 NIACC on Sunday.