Bobcats strike early, often in win over Lisbon

IOWA CITY – A four-run first inning followed by a three-run second inning got the Marshalltown softball team off and running against Class 1A No. 11 Lisbon on Saturday and the Bobcats never looked back in an 11-6 victory at the Iowa City West Rick Doran Classic.

Senior Emily DeVenney had three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs from the top of the order, while Taylor Wagner, Cassidy Blackford and Lauren Mazour all added two RBIs from the middle of the lineup.

“We played really well today,” MHS coach Jeff Lamb said. “Every time they scored, we seemed to bounce right back and score some more runs.”

Freshman Jasmine Judge had a busy week in the circle. She started against the Lions, threw 106 pitches and got the complete-game win, allowing four earned runs on 14 hits. She fanned one and walked three.

“I was really proud of Jasmine’s effort today,” Lamb said. “She had a busy week and was definitely tired. But she worked through some things today.”

The four-run first inning for Marshalltown included a sacrifice fly from Wagner and Mazour as well as an RBI single from Blackford. The fourth run came from Quinn Goodman as she scored on a double steal with Megan Major.

After scoring another three runs in the second, the Bobcats put the game away with a three-run fifth and added a single run in the seventh.

Mazour had an RBI single in the fifth and DeVenney also contributed a two-run double in the frame before collecting her third RBI of the day with a run-scoring single in the seventh.

Lisbon (21-13) plated single runs in the first two innings and then added a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Both teams combined for 25 hits and six errors in the game. The Lions have lost four of their last six games.

Madi Bellile was 2-for-4 with two runs, Blackford had two hits, two RBIs and three runs and Mazour also scored once.

The Bobcats (14-18) also were scheduled to play Class 5A No. 3 Pleasant Valley on Saturday but the rain had better ideas.

Pleasant Valley scored a single run in the third to take a 1-0 lead before the game was suspended. Mazour, Bellile and Goodman each had a hit and Mazour was throwing in the circle when the game was called.

The Bobcats return to the field Monday to face Central Iowa Conference Northern Division rival Ames in a doubleheader at the MHS diamond.