MHS bats can’t match Fort Dodge

Marshalltown’s best offensive doubleheader yet isn’t enough to overtake Dodgers

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Marshalltown catcher Erica Johnson, left, makes the tag on a Fort Dodge baserunner during the fifth inning of the opening game of Monday’s CIML Iowa Conference softball doubleheader against the Dodgers. Fort Dodge swept the conference twinbill, winning 15-8 and 10-4.

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Marshalltown catcher Erica Johnson, left, makes the tag on a Fort Dodge baserunner during the fifth inning of the opening game of Monday’s CIML Iowa Conference softball doubleheader against the Dodgers. Fort Dodge swept the conference twinbill, winning 15-8 and 10-4.

Monday’s doubleheader marked the most runs the Marshalltown softball team had accrued in a CIML Iowa Conference twinbill this season, and yet the Bobcats still couldn’t get a game.

Marshalltown’s bats put forth 12 runs of offense, but the Bobcats’ fell twice to previously ranked Fort Dodge, 15-8 and 10-4, in league play at MHS.

Not since a pair of conference losses at Fort Dodge on May 30 had Marshalltown (2-19, 0-10) amassed as many as seven runs in a CIML doubleheader, but 13 hits in the first game and eight more in the second led to 12 runs — but no wins to show for it.

Ciara Feldman went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the first game, while Madison Finch, McKaylee Dawson, Aspen Chadderdon and McKenna Major had two hits apiece. Dawson’s first-inning double drove in two runs and helped the Bobcats overtake Fort Dodge’s five-run first at-bat with a six-spot in the bottom half.

But Marshalltown didn’t score again until the bottom of the seventh, by which time the Dodgers (14-11, 6-6) had already assembled a 15-6 lead. MHS tallied twice in its last chance and carried the offense over into the second game, but the pitching and defense that plagued the ‘Cats in the opening game came along as well.

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Fort Dodge’s speedy, smallball offense pressured Marshalltown into nine errors in the first game and four more in the nightcap.

In the opener, Fort Dodge scored at least once in six of seven at-bats against Dawson, who surrendered 12 hits, five earned runs and two walks while striking out two.

In the second game, Abby Brennecke allowed 13 hits and 10 runs, though only three earned. She walked one and struck out one.

The Bobcats gave her a 3-1 lead after two innings but Fort Dodge finally erupted with six runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead for good.

Dawson and Major had two hits apiece to lead MHS in the second game, including another run-scoring hit for Dawson. Regan Mazour was 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Erica Johnson, Bridget Carroll and Emily Hass each singled and scored. Chadderdon drove in a run and Major also crossed home once for the ‘Cats, who host Mason City on Wednesday and Des Moines North on Thursday.

MHS hosts the Bobcat Classic on Friday and Saturday at Marshalltown Community College. Play begins Friday at 1:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 10 a.m.