PREP ROUND-UP: Fifth-ranked Johnston stifles MHS softball

JOHNSTON — Fresh off its first two wins of the season, the Marshalltown softball team got snapped back to the reality of life in the CIML Iowa Conference.

The Bobcats were defeated twice in Monday’s doubleheader at Johnston, falling 10-0 in five innings and 12-0 in four innings against the Class 5A No. 5 Dragons. Marshalltown was held without a hit in both games, falling to 2-14 overall and 0-8 in league play.

Abby Brennecke got the loss in the circle in game one for the Bobcats, allowing nine earned runs on 12 hits and three walks. She struck out two. McKenna Major and Bridget Carroll both reached on walks.

Three of Johnston’s 12 hits went for extra bases.

The Dragons (17-2, 7-1) converted the nightcap to run their win streak to eight games. scoring nine earned runs on 12 hits and three walks against McKaylee Dawson. She struck out one, but was hindered by four defensive miscues.

Carroll again reached base with a walk for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, hosting 5A No. 10 Dowling Catholic for a CIML Iowa doubleheader.

West Marshall 5, BCLUW 4

CONRAD — A five-run rally in the top of the seventh inning lifted the Class 3A No. 14 West Marshall softball team past 2A No. 15 BCLUW for a thrilling 5-4 victory in Monday’s battle between unbeaten NICL West Division teams.

BCLUW (13-5, 4-1) led 3-0 after Samantha Ubben’s three-run homer in the bottom of the third, and Easton Swanson’s run-scoring single plated Jenna Willett to make it 4-0 in the sixth.

But West Marshall (15-0, 6-0) came up with the answer, thanks to a bit of a boost from the Comets.

Grace Porter led off the seventh with a single — the first hit against Ubben in the game — and Kylie Cripps walked. Kallie Malloy reached on a fielder’s choice that retired Porter at third, but Kayla Cripps loaded the bases with her hit.

Emma Meyer’s groundout to the right side plated West Marshall’s first run, leaving two runners in scoring position with two out. Brooke Snider’s fly ball to left-center field was dropped, allowing two runs to score, and Snider scored as the tying run when Katie Price’s fly ball to center field was misplayed.

Price made it all the way to third base before Georgia Porter stepped to the plate and gave the Trojans the lead with her RBI single.

Malloy retired BCLUW’s 7-8-9 hitters in order, getting the last two on strikeouts, to end the game.

Malloy allowed only four hits in the win, while Ubben surrendered just three — all in the seventh inning — in the loss. Ubben struck out eight, walked five, and all five runs were unearned.

East Marshall 9, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 3

GLADBROOK — Kodie Hoskey struck out seven in a three-hitter as the East Marshall softball team came back from an early deficit to defeat Gladbrook-Reinbeck 9-3 in NICL West Division play.

Melinda Puumala, Madison Farrington and Hannah Birks each had two hits for the Mustangs, including a double for Birks. Amber Martenson contributed an RBI single in the fifth inning that gave East Marshall (8-9, 3-3) the lead for good against Gladbrook-Reinbeck (0-19, 0-5).

Dunkerton 16-17, GMG 2-5

GREEN MOUNTAIN — The GMG softball team was defeated twice in three innings by Dunkerton in Iowa Star Conference play, 16-2 and 17-5.

The visiting Raiders erupted for nine and 12 runs in the second inning of respective wins at GMG (4-11, 3-6).

In the opening game, McKenzie Vaske had an RBI double while Maesa Groth and Emily Vaughn both had two hits for the Wolverines.

In the nightcap, Ashanti Rinehart hit a run-scoring double and Angel Schewe had a two-run single. Eve Gallentine also had a double for GMG.

The Wolverines’ home game against East Marshall today has been canceled. GMG will travel to face Colo-NESCO in an Iowa Star doubleheader Wednesday in McCallsburg.

BASEBALL

West Marshall 11, BCLUW 8

BEAMAN — Ross Randall struck out 15 over 5 2/3 innings, Cameron Bannister retired three more on strikes and the West Marshall baseball team defeated BCLUW 11-8 in an NICL West Division showdown Monday.

West Marshall (11-3, 5-0) scored five unearned runs in the top of the fifth inning to break a 4-all tie and take the lead for good.

Randall allowed five hits and two walks for the win, while Bannister surrendered four hits, striking out three.

Cody Mead hit a two-run homer in the first and finished the night with two hits, three runs scored and three RBIs for West Marshall. Chandler Sponseller had two doubles and drove in four runs, and Parker Hulbert added a two-run single for the Trojans.

Blake Mann went the distance in the loss for BCLUW (8-4, 4-1), allowing just two earned runs on nine hits, striking out five and walking two.

Brad Barkema and Clay Silver both had a double among their two hits, and Caleb Engle had two singles for the Comets.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 3, East Marshall 1

REINBECK — Gladbrook-Reinbeck scored three times in the bottom of the first inning and held down East Marshall the rest of the way, winning 3-1 in an NICL West Division contest.

Tyler Tscherter went five innings for the win for G-R (5-3, 3-2), and Joe Smoldt allowed a seventh-inning run in two frames of relief work.

Jacob Svendsen took the loss, going 5 1/3 innings on the mound for East Marshall. He allowed one earned run on six hits and a walk, striking out six. Logan Andrews got the last two outs and also drove in the Mustangs’ lone run, plating Justin Ridout with a seventh-inning single. Zane Johnson and Lansin Lacina also singled for East Marshall.

GMG 11-13, Dunkerton 4-7

GREEN MOUNTAIN — A seven-run first inning for the GMG baseball team set the tone for the rest of the evening as the Wolverines swept Dunkerton, 11-4 and 13-7, in an Iowa Star Conference doubleheader.

Blaze Krull pitched 4 2/3 innings for the win in game one, also going 3-for-4 with an RBI to help his own cause. Andrew Thurston was 3-for-4 with two doubles, Darrin Anderson was 2-for-2, and Aaron Fleming added an RBI double.

GMG scored four times in the sixth and seventh innings of game two to overcome Dunkerton’s six-run sixth, holding on for the sweep. Fleming pitched the first 4 1/3 innings and later returned to put out the fire after Dunkerton’s six-run eruption. He struck out five, walked six, and allowed one unearned run on three hits for the win.

Levi Duden was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, including a two-run double in the top of the seventh, to lead the GMG bats. Fleming and Colton Gill each had two hits and drove in a run, while Thurston tallied two hits. Anderson added a run-scoring double.

GMG hosts East Marshall in a non-conference contest tonight at 7 p.m.