WAUKEE - A familiar opponent awaits, though some changes may be in store for the Marshalltown baseball team before the playoffs start Friday.
Unable to slow Waukee's potent attack, the Bobcats were handed an 11-1 defeat in five innings against the Class 4A No. 2 Warriors in a non-conference game here Tuesday.
The Warriors (33-4) pounded out 15 hits and scored in four of its five at-bats to cruise past the Bobcats (21-17) for their 12th win in their last 13 games.
"We got outclassed and outplayed tonight by a very good Waukee team," MHS coach Steve Hanson said. "We were unable to get much going offensively but a bigger concern would be the fact that our starting pitcher didn't make it out of the first inning and we made some mistakes defensively that will force us to rethink our lineup and the direction we want to go this Friday."
Waukee responded to Marshalltown's lone run with five runs in the bottom of the first before tacking on two in the second, three in the fourth and one more in the fifth.
Malik Moore powered the Warriors batting 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a pair of doubles, while Matt Hoeg went 2-for-3 with a homer, driving in three runs and scoring twice. Robert Primrose and Addison Meyers each added two hits and Connor Farrell plated two runs. Waukee amassed six extra-base hits in the game and chased starter Colton Hanke after 2/3 an inning.
Michael Schrempf paced the Bobcats hitting 2-for-2, while Joe Rebik, Mason McCarville and Colton Hanke each chipped in a hit.
Hanke sustained the loss allowing five runs on five hits with a walk. Dylan Diveney gave up two runs on four hits and a pair of free bases in 2 1/3, while Austin Sowers tossed the final 1 2/3 allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with a pair of strikeouts.
"Dylan Diveney and Austin Sowers didn't look too bad on the mound," Hanson said. "Michael Schrempf and Joe Rebik swung the bat pretty well. But against a quality opponent we have to do a better job of making good pitches both in and out of the zone."
Grant Thimesch scored the Bobcats' lone run in the first earning a walk, advancing to second on an error and eventually scoring on Hanke's single.
Hoeg got Waukee going with a three-run shot in the first, Carter Bothwell added a sac fly and Primrose singled in another run.
Moore's two-run double stretched the gap to 7-1 in the second before Farrell doubled in two runs and another came through on an error in the fourth. Meyers' double to right plated Kyle Boulanger to end the game by 10-run rule in the fifth.
Primrose posted the win for Waukee tossing one inning of one-hit ball as the Warriors used four different pitchers.
"Waukee has as good a team as I've seen all summer and we'll have to play and pitch a lot better to compete with teams of that caliber," Hanson said. "We will need the next two days to make as many improvements as possible before we begin the postseason. Our guys have been diligent about coming back and working hard so I'm confident we can make some headway."
The Bobcats host Mason City in a Class 4A Substate 2 opener Friday at 7 p.m. MHS swept the Mohawks in a CIC Northern Division doubleheader on Monday at home.