SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcats blanked by Maroons again

WEST DES MOINES — The Marshalltown softball team was swept by Class 5A No. 10 Dowling Catholic for the second time in five days, sending the Bobcats into the postseason with a nine-game losing streak.

The Maroons, after taking two 11-0 games from the Bobcats in Marshalltown on June 28, defeated MHS by scores of 12-0 in four innings and 10-0 in six innings in Monday’s CIML Iowa Conference finale.

Marshalltown (8-29, 2-18) was limited to six hits in the league doubleheader — two singles in the first game and four more in the nightcap. Regan Mazour and Ciara Feldman had the Bobcats’ hits in the opener, while Mazour and Bridget Carroll both went 2-for-3 at the plate in the second game.

Dowling’s offense produced 12 hits, including three home runs, in the first game against MHS hurlers McKaylee Dawson and Kailee Pollard. The Maroons (29-9, 17-3) racked up another 12 hits in the second game, with one round-tripper, against Bobcat pitchers Abby Brennecke and Pollard.

MHS opens Class 5A regional play with Thursday’s game at Des Moines East starting at 7 p.m.

Redhawks’ win streak climbs to 15

TRAER — The North Tama baseball team ran its win streak to 15 games with Monday’s 5-1, rain-shortened non-conference victory over West Fork.

Cameron Hoeg pitched all five frames for the Redhawks (22-4), allowing one unearned run on four hits and one walk, striking out two. Will Earley and Tyler Morrison both went 2-for-2 at the plate, including an RBI single for Earley. Joe Earley also drove in a run with his single. Cael Kopriva singled and scored twice, and Skyler Staker singled and scored in the win.

Clay Emhoff had three of the four hits for West Fork (16-4).

North Tama hosts South Hardin tonight in a non-conference game in Traer.

Mustangs shut down by Belle Plaine

GILMAN — The East Marshall baseball team was unable to add to its season-best win streak as Belle Plaine took down the Mustangs 12-0 in five innings in Monday’s non-conference contest.

The Plainsmen (13-5) scored five runs in the top of the first and never looked back, as Chance Baburek tossed a two-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks. Joey Schwenn homered and drove in four runs for Belle Plaine.

Jordan McAnulty and Eric Ommen accounted for East Marshall’s hits, while Jacob Svendsen went four innings on the mound for the loss. Svendsen surrendered 10 runs — though only four earned — on six hits and one walk while striking out six.

The Mustangs (7-19) close the regular season at home tonight, hosting South Tama County in a non-conference game.

South Tama baseball swept by Clippers

TAMA — Clear Creek-Amana sent the South Tama County baseball team to its 23rd and 24th consecutive losses of the summer, beating the Trojans 4-0 and 7-1 in Monday’s WaMaC West Division doubleheader.

STC was limited to just two hits in the first game. Pinch-hitter Drake Crawford had a double while losing pitcher Lane Koch singled. Koch allowed four runs — one earned — on three hits over four innings, striking out one. Lucas Wilkerson pitched two shutout innings of relief.

In game two, Carter Kriegel’s RBI double was the highlight of South Tama’s four-hit performance. Cam Klosterman, Jake Wilkerson and Koch each added a single.

Clear Creek-Amana (13-17) ran its win streak to eight games with the conference sweep.

The Trojans (4-25) visit East Marshall for a non-conference game tonight in Gilman.