MUSCATINE, Iowa — There was something to be encouraged by.
After dropping the opening game of its Iowa Community College Athletic Conference doubleheader to Indian Hills Community College 14-1 in five innings, the Muscatine Community College baseball team showed a little something in Game 2 Friday evening.
The Cardinals put up a good effort in a 3-2 loss that gave coach Dave Barb something positive to think about at as MCC's losing streak stretched to 15 games.
"We play a clean game, we're either winning or still playing," Barb said of Game 2. "It's the best we've played in the last two weeks, but still we kind of beat ourselves again."
MCC (11-24, 1-13 ICCAC) hurt itself in Game 2 with some wildness on the mound and defensive lapses in key moments at Tom Bruner Field.
The game was tied at 2-all in the sixth inning until MCC starter Zach Carstens issued a walk with one out. He got a ground ball to third base from the next batter but a high throw into right field allowed an unearned run to score to give Indian Hills (29-12, 11-3) the win.
Sebastian Gomez, who also knocked home the only run in Game 1, and Dylan Kester each drove home a run in the nightcap.
"To come back and play fairly well, I think is a good sign for us," Barb said.
Indian Hills scored a combined 10 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to blow open the first game, which was more than enough with starter Christian Torres on the mound.
Torres pitched all five innings, gave up just four hits and struck out 7 Cardinals.
"Story of the game was Christian Torres, their pitcher. [He] shut us down," Barb said. "He did a nice job."