FORT DODGE - After a pair of extra-inning losses the night before, the road didn't get any easier for the Marshalltown softball team Thursday.
The Bobcats came up on the short end of a couple more close decisions losing the opener 6-4 and the nightcap 5-4 against Fort Dodge in Central Iowa Conference Northern Division play.
Marshalltown (11-18, 1-7) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opener putting all its runs across in the fourth. Taylor Wagner connected on a two-run single as the Bobcats sent nine batters to the plate with eight reaching base.
The Dodgers (21-10, 6-2) responded with six runs in their half of the inning, taking advantage of five MHS errors with four leading to runs. Lani Van Zyl led the rally with an RBI single as Fort Dodge had just two hits in the frame.
Mallory Kilian (12-4) scattered six hits over seven innings for the win in game one.
The Dodgers grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second contest opening with three straight hits including a two-run squeeze bunt from Maddie Egli. MHS put two runs on the board in the second with a bases-loaded walk and a RBI groundout. Fort Dodge scored another run off an error in the third, before the Bobcats knotted the game with single runs in their next two at-bats. MHS scored on a bases-loaded walk in the fourth before Emily Devenney plated the tying run in the fifth.
Riley Hartman provided the go-ahead run in the fifth with a RBI single to complete the sweep for the Dodgers. Meagan Hartman threw 3 1/3 innings, allowing one run in the win. Jasmine Judge took the loss in game one and Lauren Mazour was on the short end of the decision in the nightcap.
Fort Dodge, the current front-runner in the CIC North, claimed all four games against MHS this season.
The Bobcats head to the Iowa City Tournament today and Saturday. Today, MHS meets Davenport West at 2:45 p.m. and Charles City at 6:15 p.m. On Saturday, The Bobcats face a pair of ranked teams in Class 1A No. 11 Lisbon at 9 a.m. and 5A No. 3 Pleasant Valley at 12:30 p.m.