PREP BASEBALL: Indianola stirs up late rally to down Marshalltown 2-1

INDIANOLA – Spoiling a stellar outing from Blake Judkins on the mound, the Marshalltown baseball team couldn’t create enough offense in a 2-1 loss to Indianola Friday.

Aaron Johnson scored the walk-off run in the bottom of the seventh inning after advancing to third on an error.

Johnson was hit by a pitch and later moved into scoring position with two outs on a dropped third strike against Jake Sickels. The pair advanced a base as Blake Dowson reached on an outfield miscue, which brought in the deciding run.

After falling behind 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Marshalltown (2-2) knotted the game in their final at-bat as pinch hitter Colton Hanke’s right-field single plated courtesy runner Micheal Schrempf.

Austin Sowers’ single got things started before Schrempf replaced him on the basepaths. Derek Mann earned a walk and later had a chance to put the Bobcats in front but was thrown out at home.

Judkins gave up just three hits and one earned run, while striking out 12 batters and walking two in 6 2/3 innings in the loss. Ryan Mitchell, Tyler Moranville and Sowers each batted 1-for-3 and Judkins was 1-of-2 from the plate.

Cameron Loew clubbed a double for the Indians (4-2, 0-2), while Dowson and John Greiner each added a hit.

Austin Merchant picked up the win in relief, keeping Marshalltown off the board with two hits in 2/3 of an inning. Starter Tanner Ortlund gave up one earned run on three hits, while fanning six Bobcats and walking five.

Marshalltown hosts Fort Dodge in a twin bill Monday starting at 5 p.m.

The Bobcats softball team was swept by Ottumwa on the road Friday. Marshalltown lost the opener 8-4 and dropped the nightcap 11-10.

The Bobcats (1-4) return to action at the West Marshall Tournament today.

East Marshall 7, BCLUW 1

BEAMAN – Nick Long dominated on the hill and the East Marshall baseball team racked up its season high scoring total for the Mustangs’ first win of the year in a 7-1 victory over BCLUW Friday.

Long fanned 10 Comets and scattered six hits over seven frames, while allowing one run and a walk. East Marshall (1-6, 1-0) provided plenty of run support early with a five-run flurry in the second inning. Long helped his own cause batting 2-for-5 with a two-run single. Nate DeBondt (1-of-3, two runs) and Ryan Puumala (2-for-5) each drove across a run, while Brock Pieters finished 1-of-4 at the dish.

Connor Ubben took the loss allowing six runs (one earned) on four hits, while striking out six and walking four in four innings. Isaac Novak tossed the final three innings of relief giving up one run on two hits, walking four batters and retiring one on strikes.

Max Callaway and Tyler Lutes each went 2-for-3 from the plate, while Ubben (1-for-3, R), Lane Caster (1-for-3, RBI) also chipped in. The Comets (1-2, 0-1) used four straight singles in the sixth to plate their lone run.

East Marshall faces Oskaloosa in a pair of 7-inning games at Marshalltown Saturday. BCLUW faces South Tama County on the road Monday.

South Tama 8, Grundy Center 0

TAMA – Sam Kuhter struck out 12 in pitching a no-hitter to help South Tama shut down Grundy Center in both teams’ NICL West Division opener on Friday.

Kuhter walked just three and retired as many as nine consecutively between the fourth and seventh innings, going the distance on the mound for the win. South Tama committed two errors, but no Spartan baserunner advanced beyond second base after the third inning.

Kolton Smith and Clay Waterbury both went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the host Trojans (3-1, 1-0). Kaleb Davenport contributed an RBI single as well.

Jordan Clapp took the loss for Grundy Center (0-1, 0-1).