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Rain & Warriors make for long night for MHS softball

June 1, 2012
By TRAVIS HINES - T-R Sports Writer ( , Times-Republican

The rain poured down all evening, but the Marshalltown offense remained very much in a drought.

The Bobcats' offense failed to produce a run, and MHS was swept Thursday by Waukee, 5-0 and 13-0 in four innings, to open CIML Iowa Conference play at the MHS diamond.

Marshalltown (2-5, 0-2) has now dropped four straight and have managed just four runs combined over that span, with a high-water mark of three in a single game.

"We just have to put it together," said MHS head coach Jeff Lamb. "It can't be the one hitter, the five hitter, the seven hitter, it's got to be one through nine, and I think right now when we get everybody in there taking some good swings, we're going to get to that point, but right now it's sort of a hit and miss type thing.

"Once we get everybody on the same page with what we need to do, we'll get there."

MHS didn't put a hit on the board in the nightcap until Taylor Wagner's single in the fourth inning, the Bobcats' only of the run-ruled shortened contest.

The Warriors (5-2, 2-0), meanwhile, managed to pummel the ball throughout the night, but especially in game two.

Waukee had 13 hits, four going for extra-bases, and had three players notch multi-RBI efforts in the nightcap.

Three runs in the first led to a two-run, two-out double from Callie Feaker in the second and then run-scoring singles from Nicole Tennant, Maddie McLaughlin and Shaye Witte put the Warriors up 8-0 after three.

Waukee added five more in the fourth to bring the game to a close.

Marshalltown had its chances in the opener, but aggressive base running came up empty.

On two occasions, first in the first in a scoreless game and then in the fifth down one run, the Bobcats were unable to successfully execute a double-steal of home and second, getting mowed down at the plate both times.

"We had a chance to score first and a chance to score later, but we never really got to it," Lamb noted. "We're going to be aggressive. I'll take the chance on running.

"We're learning. We've got some young people out there. That's going to happen."

Morgan Hoeg stepped to the plate to leadoff the sixth after the second failed double steal and blasted a home run to put Waukee up a pair before Tori Haag's run-scoring double upped the advantage to three later in the frame.

The Warriors added two more in the top of the fifth to provide the final margin.

Madi Bellile had a 3-for-3 effort at the plate in the opener while Cassidy Blackford managed two hits for MHS in game one, which was delayed for a half hour due to rain, which never really stopped falling all evening.

Taylor Vaske walked one and struck out one in her game one loss in the circle for MHS while Lauren Mazour took the defeat in game two.

Kylie Mickelson went the distance in game one for Waukee while Hoeg tossed three no-hit innings in the nightcap to earn the victory.

The Bobcats return to the diamond this evening with Ottumwa coming to town before returning to conference action Monday at Ames.



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