IOWA CITY - The drought is over. The streak, however, continues.
The Marshalltown softball team snapped its scoring woes with a run in the first inning of its opening game at the 28th annual Iowa City West Rick Doran Classic on Friday, but Davenport North and Class 5A No. 8-ranked Pleasant Valley proloned the Bobcats' losing skid.
Davenport North rallied from an early one-run deficit for a 9-1 triumph, and Pleasant Valley poured it on from the start in an 11-0, five-inning victory.
Marshalltown's losing streak climbed to 16 games with two more games against ranked teams slated for today in Iowa City. The Bobcats (3-28) meet 4A No. 15 North Scott (19-10) at 9 a.m. and 5A No. 5 Muscatine (34-3) at 12:30 p.m.
Marshalltown got six hits in the opening loss to Davenport North, breaking up a five-game scoreless streak with a tally in the top of the first. Reagan Mazour was hit by a pitch and later scored on a double by Kaley Mead.
Mead finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate but took the loss from the circle. She allowed nine hits and nine runs, but only two were earned. Mead walked five and struck out six, unable to overcome a pair of Bobcat errors.
Kari Smith was 2-for-3, while Cassidy Blackford was 1-for-3 with a double. Lexie McKown added a single.
The Wildcats (11-20) scored five times in the second inning to take the lead for good. Lexie Pairrett pitched Davenport North to the win, striking out six and walking nine. Morgan Smith and Mackinzie Schultz had two hits apiece.
Pleasant Valley pulled away from the get-go, scoring five runs in the first, two in the second and four in the fourth. Blackford surrendered six hits and 11 runs (six earned) with three walks, a hit batsman and one struckout.
Leiah Paustian and Mead had the Bobcats' only hits, while McKown and Haley Vajgrt both were walked.
Taylor Hester struck out three and walked two in the win for the Spartans (24-7). Erica Miller was 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs, and Ellie Spelhaug homered.