WEST DES MOINES - When the Baker rotation began, the Marshalltown boy's bowling team was down to West Des Moines Valley.
That's when the Bobcats stepped up and rallied as Marshalltown rallied from 15 pins down to beat the Tigers, 3,032-2,972 on Monday during a road meet at Val Lanes in West Des Moines.
"Valley bowled 15 pins over its average in Round 1, but we managed to step it up in the Baker games," MHS coach Jeremiah McKeever said. "They kept their composure and made their spares."
Dacoda Ewalt and Aaron Schwandt both recorded scores of better than 250 in the opening game to give the Bobcats a strong start, but Valley got a 268 and a 258 from Adam Morse and took a lead after two games.
Ewalt finished with his best series of the season with a 258-231-489. Schwandt added a 255-190-445, and Brett Wax also scored better than a 200 with a 214 in Game 2. Wax finished with a 384 series, while Matt Hannam had a 362.
The Bobcats found a way to win in the Baker games though. They put together five scores of 179 or better, including a 232 and a 216, while Valley's best mark in the Baker portion was a 189.
Marshalltown won the Baker round 994-919 and won the match by 60 pins.
Valley's Chris Jurkiewicz had a 475 series. No other Tiger bowled better than 388.
In girls' varsity action, West Des Moines Valley won 2,346-1,892, following a 358 series by Emily Thompson and a 328 series by Kayleigh Pollock.
"The girls met a tough team tonight," McKeever said. "Valley bowled really well in Round 1, scoring 13 pins above its average."
The Bobcats' best series was freshman Lindsay Wiegand's career-best 167-151-318. The next best score came from Samantha Tocheri, who fired a 251.
Valley led by 333 pins after individual play and outscored Marshalltown by 121 in the Baker games.
In junior varsity action, the Bobcat boys split with Valley.
The top MHS JV squad won 2,627-2,593 as sophomore Floyd Speck led the way with a 396 series. Brandon Freese added a 385.
The second JV squad lost 2,340-2,286 despite a 343 series from Austin Carl.
MHS next bowls at Des Moines Lincoln on Thursday with action getting underway at 3:45 p.m.