Sixth-ranked Hawks push aside MHS

ANKENY – If the Marshalltown softball team plays like it played Tuesday against Class 5A No. 6 Ankeny, the Bobcats will win a lot of games, according to coach Jeff Lamb.

Unfortunately, that effort was not good enough on the road against the Hawks as Ankeny swept a doubleheader, winning 8-3 and 3-0.

It was the third straight loss for the Bobcats.

“We played really well and we will win a lot of games the rest of the season if we play that way again,” Lamb said. “Both game were competitive and they were fun games to watch.”

Ankeny scored all eight of its runs in the opener in four innings with the big frame coming in the fourth when the Hawks plated three.

MHS scored all three of its runs in the third as Cassidy Blackford had a two-run double and Quinn Goodman added an RBI single.

Jasmine Judge took the loss in the opener as she scattered 16 hits. Lauren Mazour was the game two loser, surrendering six hits in her seven innings.

Emily DeVenney was 2-for-2 in the second game, but the Bobcats couldn’t overcome a two-run homer from Taylor Steinfeldt.

MHS (5-13) will next play in the Bobcat Softball Classic against Gladbrook-Reinbeck (1 p.m.) and Bondurant-Farrar (4:30 p.m.) on Friday. The Bobcats also play South Hardin at 10:45 a.m. Saturday and finish the tournament against Class 2A No. 9 AGWSR at 4 p.m.