JOHNSTON - Johnston took a pair of games from Marshalltown on Tuesday afternoon in cross-CIML baseball action.
The Dragons (6-1) took game one 7-1 and game two 11-1 in five innings as the Bobcats (4-3) managed just seven hits and committed 10 errors on the evening.
Michael Kinning and Shane Chafa pitched complete games for Johnston.
"We ran into a good team that's well coached with its top-two pitchers on the mound," said MHS head coach Steve Hanson. "We struggled to get much going offensively and our defense didn't do much to help our pitchers."
Kyle Carnahan picked up three hits and two steals between the two games while Blake Judkins had a pair of RBIs.
Carnahan, Connor Bueghly and Alex Thompson all hit a double on the night. Thompson had two hits in the nightcap.
Bennett Mann pitched five innings and gave up four runs in a loss in game one while Tre Blackford gave up eight runs over three innings to start game two.
Despite committing double-digit errors on the night, MHS surrendered only two unearned runs. Johnston pounded out eight extra-base hits.
"Pitching and defense go hand-in-hand," said Hanson, "but we haven't had them synced up this week."
MHS, which has dropped three straight, hosts Waterloo East (0-3) tonight.
"We have another shot at improvement (tonight) and as long as our guys are willing to work at it," said Hanson, "we'll be able to put our best foot forward and get better."