The Bobcat softball team had everything working in the opener of a doubleheader against Mason City on Monday.
Marshalltown cranked out 15 hits and got a strong pitching performance from freshman Jasmine Judge during a 10-0 victory, but a few controversial calls in the second game led to a 10-4 loss against the Mohawks at the MHS diamond in a Central Iowa Conference Northern Division twin bill.
"That's two losses in the last two home games really," MHS coach Jeff Lamb said of the calls that played a role in the game two loss. "It is frustrating and I am tired of it. There is nothing else to say about it. It is what it is, and I can't change anything, but it is getting really frustrating."
T-R PHOTO BY TROY HYDE
MHS senior Quinn Goodman rounds the bases after her home run in the first game of a doubleheader against Mason City on Monday. Goodman had four RBIs in the opener as the Bobcats won 10-0 in five innings.
The two calls in the second game gave one run to Mason City and took another away from Marshalltown (5-11 overall, 1-5 in CIC Northern Division). That was the difference in what started out as a close game but got out of hand in the last two innings after the two calls were made.
"It's 5-5 if all the calls are made correctly and we have a runner on third base with Emily (DeVenney) up, and she already had three or four hits on the day," Lamb said. "In my opinion, it should have been a tie going into the seventh inning and then there's a little different approach."
The first call that went against Marshalltown came in Mason City's half of the sixth inning. Heather Danburg was awarded a two-run single in the frame but Allison Scott appeared to dive out of the baseline to avoid the tag at home from MHS senior all-state catcher Taylor Wagner.
The umpire called Scott safe, which gave the Mohawks a 6-2 lead.
The second call that went in favor of Mason City happened during the Bobcats' at-bat in the sixth inning. Three errors from Mason City had given Marshalltown life. With one run already in, Morgan Bellile's run-scoring hit brought around Kaley Mead.
Megan Major also tried to score from second but was called out at the plate, which triggered another argument from Lamb.
Neither call went the Bobcats' way and both decisions overshadowed the end results.
"In my opinion, we outplayed them today," Lamb said. "We hit the ball well, we played good defense and we pitched it well."
Things couldn't have gone better for the Bobcats in the first game. Marshalltown jumped out to an early 2-0 lead following an RBI single from Quinn Goodman and an RBI double from Lauren Mazour.
The score did not change until the fourth when the Bobcats plated four runs. Cassidy Blackford brought home the first two with a two-run double and then Goodman put an exclamation point on the Northern Division victory with a two-run home run over the fence in left field.
"Once that fourth run gets put on the board, especially with the quality of teams in our league, it's a big advantage," Lamb said. "It helped both teams in each game. The fourth run is hard to come back from."
Marshalltown ended the game early in the fifth frame as Wagner's two-run single and RBI hits from Madi Bellile and Goodman made it 10-0.
Goodman finished 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs, while Mazour, Major, Wagner, Bellile and Emily DeVenney all finished with two hits in the victory. Wagner scored three times, knocked in two and also was walked once, while Bellile scored twice.
"We had been hitting the ball hard all season and finally found holes in that first game," Lamb said. "The second game was the same but we didn't find openings. It just didn't work out for us. That sometimes happens."
Freshman Jasmine Judge pitched in and around trouble in the opener to collect the victory in the circle. She surrendered just six hits in five innings and struck out three. Mazour took the loss in the second game, but Lamb liked how both hurlers pitched.
"She has been doing really well and working hard to get through some of the trouble," Lamb said of Judge. "She is developing into a smarter pitcher. She has to go out and do that every time, and she has in the last few games for sure.
"I am pleased with how she threw. Lauren is throwing well too but is not getting the results we want right now."
Goodman continued to drive in runs in the second game as her RBI ground out put the Bobcats ahead. Mason City (12-4, 4-2) grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second inning but the Bobcats tied it on Blackford's infield single that scored DeVenney from second base.
Cortni Rush, who had three of the Mohawks' six hits in the game one loss, crushed a two-run triple in the fifth to put the visitors back out in front. Two more runs in the sixth made it 6-2 and a four-run seventh inning put the victory away. Brittany Sanchez's RBI double and Scott's two-run single were the big hits.
Sanchez had two doubles to lead the Mohawk offense in the nightcap. Rush also had two more hits, while Annika Angell went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Angell took the loss in the opener for the Mohawks, while Olivia Pederson was the game two winner. Angell is now 3-1 on the season. Pederson improved to 6-2. ... Angell just missed her fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning of game two. She laced a 1-1 pitch over the fence foul in left field. She came into the game with a team-best .425 batting average with four home runs and 21 RBIs. ... The win in game one snapped Marshalltown's four-game losing streak, while also ending Mason City's three-game win streak. ... Blackford had two infield singles in the second games to lead the Bobcat offense.