Bobcats no match for No. 5 Urbandale

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Marshalltown center fielder Ciara Feldman makes a sliding catch during the first game of Wednesday’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader against Class 5A No. 5 Urbandale at MHS.

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Marshalltown center fielder Ciara Feldman makes a sliding catch during the first game of Wednesday’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader against Class 5A No. 5 Urbandale at MHS.

The Class 5A No. 5 Urbandale softball team had scored 23 times before the Bobcats got on the board, as the J-Hawks ran off with a pair of five-inning wins in Wednesday’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader.

Urbandale (9-2, 4-2) rapped out 14 hits in the first game and 14 more in the second, leaving the MHS diamonds with wins of 13-0 and 16-1, both in five innings.

The Bobcats, who did compile eight total hits on the day, notched their only run four innings into the nightcap. Bridget Carroll led off the bottom of the fourth by reaching base on a walk, stole second, advanced on McKaylee Dawson’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Erica Johnson’s single.

Emily Hass followed with a single of her own, and the Bobcats loaded the bases when Ciara Feldman reached on a single, but McKenna Major’s comebacker to the circle resulted in a force-out at home plate. Aspen Chadderdon’s fielder’s choice grounder ended the frame, and Urbandale piled on six more runs to bring the mercy rule into effect.

The visiting J-Hawks scored seven times in their first at-bat in the first game, and then used a seven-run eruption in the third inning of game two to take control.

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE

Feldman finished 2-for-2 at the plate to lead MHS offensively in the opener. Madi Finch also singled in the loss. Dawson was ticketed for 14 hits and 13 runs — six earned — on a walk and three strikeouts.

Abby Brennecke got the game two defeat, allowing 14 earned runs on 14 hits and three walks over five frames. She struck out one.

Urbandale connected for three home runs in the doubleheader.

Marshalltown’s next outing is Friday in the BCLUW Comet Softball Invitational Tournament. The Bobcats face the tournament hosts at 7 p.m. in the third game of the day in Conrad. On Saturday, MHS meets Gladbrook-Reinbeck at 10 a.m. and Sumner-Fredericksburg at 11:45 a.m.

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE