BOBCAT CLASSIC: Bobcats leave lots to be desired

Marshalltown coach Jeff Lamb wants more, expects more and hopes to get more in the second day of the Marshalltown Bobcat Softball Classic.

Because the first day didn’t go as planned, with the Bobcats splitting two games against South Tama County and Class 3A No. 7 Bondurant-Farrar.

Marshalltown committed eight errors against the Trojans and needed a six-run fifth inning to grab the lead for good in a 9-6 win. The Bobcats then collected only two hits and committed two more errors during a 7-1 loss to the Lady Jays.

“I just need nine athletes that are going to come out and play,” Lamb said. “I don’t need anything else. If we make physical mistakes then that’s fine, but we are making mental mistakes.

“We are a much better team than we showed today. We’ll go out and play better tomorrow, but today we just didn’t have it.”

There were 10 games played Friday and 13 more are scheduled for today at Marshalltown Community College starting at 9 a.m. South Tama County went 0-2 Friday, also losing to Roland-Story, 7-4.

“For whatever reason, we seem to always play well here,” said Trojan coach Chelsea Ahrends. “That game against Marshalltown was fun. We just had that one bad inning. And that collision in the outfield kind of deflated the girls. Before that play, I thought we were in good shape.”

The Bobcats plated one in the first thanks to a lead-off home run by Taylor Wagner. An RBI double by Maggie Carnahan brought home Quinn Goodman in the third to make it 2-0.

South Tama though answered in its half of the fourth inning. The Bobcats committed two errors in the inning and the first one put Samantha Holtz on first base. She would eventually score – along with Dani Stubbs – on Madison Baack’s two-run single.

Marshalltown regained the lead in the fourth though. Wagner, who was 3-for-4 at the plate, singled and then scored on a Trojan error. The Bobcats had three consecutive hits in the frame but only scored once.

The Trojans wouldn’t go away quietly. Jade Rohach reached on an error to start the inning and then scored on Holtz’s RBI double. Another error by Marshalltown scored Holtz and gave the Trojans their first lead.

But the collision in the outfield by Hailee Weiss and Tori Appelgate opened up the flood gates for the Bobcats, and MHS took full advantage.

With one out and one runner on base, Weiss and Appelgate collided trying to make a catch in shallow right field.

The next six MHS batters reached base, and the big hit in the frame was a two-run single by Goodman. The Trojans also committed three errors and walked three Bobcats at the plate.

“The collision is what broke our momentum and got us down,” Ahrends said. “It’s unfortunate that that happened. If we catch the ball, I think we get out of that inning without any runs and we still would have been winning. It deflated us. We were worried about our teammates.”

Both Weiss and Appelgate suffered bloody noses on the play. Weiss stayed in the game, but Appelgate was taken to the doctor to treat concussion-like symptons.

The Trojans plated two runs in their final at-bat on a Bobcat error and an RBI single by Stubbs, but MHS starter Lauren Mazour got the final two outs to end the threat and the game.

The Bobcats had 13 hits but the eight errors kept the Trojans close on the scoreboard for most of the game.

Cassidy Blackford had three hits and a walk in the win for the Bobcats, while Goodman had two hits. Mazour was the winning pitcher as she surrendered seven hits and one walk while striking out three. Only two of the six runs she allowed were earned.

Kallie Hala was the losing pitcher for the Trojans. Dani Stubbs had two hits, one RBI and one run scored to lead the offense.

“We were doing a nice job of putting the ball in play and forced them to make plays,” Ahrends said. “We just had the one bad inning.”

The Bobcats had no answer for Bondurant-Farrar senior Cailey Schlenker in the second game. The 2012 Class 3A first-team all-stater baffled Marshalltown the entire game, allowing just two hits and one run in the victory. She faced the minimum in five of her seven innings, struck out five and was rarely threatened by the Bobcats.

“We weren’t making adjustments. She was throwing it hard and we weren’t finishing our swings and weren’t doing the things we need to do to be successful,” Lamb said. “We didn’t get our bunts down and didn’t execute much of anything.”

The Lady Jays grabbed an early 1-0 lead following an RBI single by Annika Ekstam in the first inning. Bondurant-Farrar (14-9) pushed the lead to 3-0 in the third after RBI singles by Emily Wilson and Schlenker.

Mazour doubled to start the fifth and then scored on an RBI ground out by Morgan Bellile. The Bobcats had two hits in the inning, left one on base and Emily DeVenney was thrown out trying to score on a passed ball to end the threat.

MHS (8-14) gave Bondurant-Farrar two free bases in the fifth with back-to-back errors. Two hits later, the Lady Jays led by six with a four-run frame.

That is all the help Schlenker needed in the circle as Bondurant-Farrar is now winners of five of its last six and nine of its last 12.

“For the most part, we just weren’t doing things great,” Lamb said. “We need to play a little bit better against a good pitcher like that. We let runners move up and we didn’t slide the right way and we threw into an outfielder and are just doing some things that are leaving too many options open. We have to play the way we can play.”

Jasmine Judge was the losing pitcher in the second game for Marshalltown, but Lamb still thinks his two starting pitchers are capable of more than they showed.

“They are both better than that,” Lamb said. “Jasmine was struggling with the zone which is understandable, but there are things she can do to get outs. They are both really good pitchers, they just didn’t show it today.”

The Bobcats will begin Saturday with an 10:45 a.m. game against South Hardin and then finish the day against Class 2A No. 7 AGWSR. The Tigers and Cougars both went 0-2 on Friday.

Roland-Story 7, South Tama County 4

Both Riley Craun and Holtz had two hits at the plate to lead the Trojans but the Lady Norse plated five runs in the third inning to claim the win in a game that ended in six innings due to the 90-minute time limit.

The Trojans had five errors in the game and three came in the deciding third inning.

Baack had two RBIs in the loss for South Tama County, which dropped its fifth straight game and is now 6-15 on the season.

Holtz took the loss in the circle. She allowed five hits and five walks and struck out three in her six innings but only two of the seven runs allowed were earned.