No. 5 Waukee spoils Bobcats’ home opener
The Waukee softball team showed why it is the fifth-ranked team in the state Thursday.
The Warriors pasted plenty of pitches at the plate, got two strong performance in the circle and spoiled the Bobcats home opener with two wins in the Central Iowa Conference doubleheader.
Waukee won the opener 9-0 before taking game two 11-0 in five innings at the MHS diamond.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Marshalltown coach Jeff Lamb said. “We did some things well but for the most part but there are some things we need to work on defensively. Hopefully we can work on those things the next few days and come out a little better next time.”
The Bobcats mustered just five hits in the first game at the plate and reached base just once – a Madi Bellile infield single – in the nightcap against Waukee freshman Kate Menz. Kylie Mickelson was the game one winner for the Warriors.
“When you don’t score a run, you can’t win many games,” Lamb said. “We can’t get the hits in the cage to reflect what we see in the games. It’s tough, but we’ll get there. Those are two of the better pitchers we’ll see all year.”
Marshalltown drops to 1-2 on the season, while the Class 5A No. 5 Warriors are 2-0. Waukee defeated 4A No. 2 Winterset, 5-3, on Tuesday.
The Warriors scored an unearned run in the first inning in the opener and then used a two-run homer from Schylir Rowen to go up 4-0 in the third. A single run in the fourth off a bases-loaded walk by Alex Shepard pushed the lead to 5-0.
The Warriors then put the victory away with five hits and four runs in the sixth. Marshalltown also had two errors in the sixth inning and committed six miscues in the game.
“Lauren was throwing really well. She threw a very good game,” Lamb said. “She needs to build off what she did today. The scores didn’t reflect how well the pitchers threw.”
Senior Lauren Mazour took the loss in the opener, while freshman Jasmine Judge was the losing pitcher in the second contest. Mazour allowed 16 hits and nine runs – six earned – and struck out two and walked three.
The Warrior bats also had their way with Judge in game two. Waukee cranked out 14 hits and scored three runs in the first, three in the second and five in the third to win going away.
“That’s a good matchup for us to start out with, even if we took some bumps and bruises. We’ll be better off for it,” Lamb said.
Quinn Goodman had two hits in game one and Mead had a hit and a walk. Marshalltown left six runners on base, while Waukee stranded 10, including the bases loaded in the second and third inning. The Warriors left 16 on base in the two games.
Mickelson, who went 17-3 last year as a junior, scattered five hits and fanned six in the win.
Menz, who went 11-3 last season as an eighth-grader, allowed just the one hit to Bellile and stuck out eight in five innings, including striking out the side in the fourth.
“Waukee is a very good team,” Lamb said. “They have talented players and they are experienced. But it was more of how poorly we played. We could have played them much better. We had some opportunities defensively to keep ourselves in the game and we didn’t do that.”
Carrie Embree is in her third year as Waukee’s head coach. She prepped at Waukee and started all five of her high school seasons, helping the Warriors win state titles in 1999 and 2000. The Warriors went 33-9 last year. … Taylor Wagner and Maggie Carnahan had the other two hits in the opener for Marshalltown. … Waukee had 16 hits in game one and 14 hits in the nightcap. Marshalltown also committed eight errors in the two games. … Twenty-seven of the Warriors’ 30 hits were singles.