Prolific pitching propels Ames past MHS softball

AMES – The Marshalltown softball team fell on hard times Monday night, accumulating just one run in a pair of losses to Central Iowa Conference Northern Division foe Ames on Monday night.

The host Little Cyclones allowed just six hits and only three free passes to MHS, which was swept by scores of 8-0 and 7-1.

Kelanie Crosswait (7-4) faced only two batters more than the minimum in game one, pitching Ames to the victory. She struck out six over five innings, not walking a batter while allowing only two hits.

Marshalltown’s hits came from Taylor Wagner, who doubled, and Cassidy Blackford. Wagner’s double made her the only Bobcat to advance as far as second base in the opening game.

The Little Cyclones (9-6, 2-2) scored all eight of their runs in the bottom of the first. Rachel Martvedt had a two-run double and Anna Myers did as well.

MHS pitcher Lauren Mazour surrendered eight runs – four earned – on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts. The Bobcat defense made only two errors.

In the nightcap, Taylor Schumacher held MHS to four hits – all singles – in a 7-1 triumph for Ames. Marshalltown’s lone run came in the top of the sixth as Madi Bellile walked and scored on Mazour’s single three batters later.

Quinn Goodman finished 2-for-3 at the plate to account for the Bobcats’ only other hits as Schumacher struck out four, walked two and hit a batter.

Jasmine Judge got the loss in the circle for Marshalltown (4-8, 0-4), allowing six earned runs on 13 singles with four walks and two strikeouts. Kate Crow, Hannah Bloch, Claire Rogers, Maddie Lynch and Mortvedt had two hits apiece for the Little Cyclones.

The Bobcats are at home tonight facing previously ranked West Des Moines Valley in a 6 p.m. doubleheader at the MHS diamond.