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MHS rallies for Game 2 triumph

Bobcat baseball outlasts Mason City in 13 innings

T-R PHOTO BY ANNE VANCE - Marshalltown first baseman Dru Dobbins (33) awaits the throw from second baseman Bennett Hageman in an attempt to double off Mason City’s Dawson Wedeking (2) during the first game of Monday’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader at the MHS diamond.

The pressure on the pitch count totals for the week were made all worth it with the win.

The Marshalltown baseball team survived 13 innings in the second game of Monday’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader with Mason City, outlasting the Mohawks 7-6 to earn a split after getting blanked, 5-0, in the opener.

The Bobcats got back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the 13th after Will Van Buren was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Van Buren was thrown out trying for third on Joseph Harris’ double to left, but Harris came across without a play at the plate after Carson Williams followed with his walk-off double to the gap in left field.

Both teams scored a single run in the ninth inning — Mason City on a home run by Dawson Wedeking and Marshalltown off a throwing error by pitcher Alex Gold — to push the game deeper in the night.

One hour after the Bobcat softball squad scored its first CIML Iowa triumph in a year, the MHS baseball team got its first divisional win in a week.

T-R PHOTO BY ANNE VANCE - Marshalltown’s Tate Kuehner successfully steals third base as the throw comes in to Mason City’s Dylan Miller during the first inning of Game 2 on Monday night at the MHS diamond.

“That’s a rough way to start the week with a bunch of games lined up, but winning beats the heck out of losing,” said MHS head coach Steve Hanson. “We’ll get the kinks out tomorrow and then regroup for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.”

Marshalltown (10-9, 3-5) had one big inning to help them get into extras against Mason City (10-6, 4-4) in the second game, scoring five times in the bottom of the third thanks to five hits and a Mohawk error. After starting with two outs, Tate Kuehner singled, Van Buren doubled him home and Harris plated Van Buren with a single up the middle. Harris came around on an errant throw on Williams’ grounder, and Dru Dobbins cleared the bases with his two-run blast over the fence.

Wade Canaday was the winning pitcher of the marathon nightcap, allowing two hits and no runs over four innings, walking two while striking out seven. Kuehner surrendered just the Wedeking dinger in his 4 2/3 innings of relief work, walking one and striking out four.

“We had one good inning where we moved the ball and put some pressure on Mason City and that was about it,” said Hanson. “We benefitted in the ninth inning and just kept hanging in there until the 13th.

“Our bullpen was real good in Game 2, particularly Tate Kuehner and Wade Canaday. After the Game 1 loss it was kind of gut-check time for us and our guys responded well and just kept hanging in there until we were able to scratch across the winning run in the 13th.”

Kuehner, Harris and Tyler Dunham each had two hits to lead the Bobcat bats in the second game, including doubles for Harris and Dunham.

Marshalltown came up with just three hits in the first game, which was scoreless through five frames until Mason City came up with three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

Dylan Miller held the Bobcats to three singles while striking out 11 and walking two in the complete-game shutout. Wedeking went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Ben Pederson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Mason City attack.

Van Buren pitched two shutout innings to start and Williams was in good shape until the sixth.

“We feel like we let one get away in the first game, although we really didn’t make any noise offensively,” said Hanson. “We pitched it pretty well in the first five innings but then couldn’t sustain it through the sixth and seventh.”

Van Buren was 2-for-2 and Dunham had the Bobcats’ only other hit as Marshalltown failed to advance as far as third base in the opening game.

The Bobcats are back at home Wednesday with two games against Class 4A No. 9 Waukee.