’Cats chase away Little Cyclones
The Bobcat bats came through in the clutch.
Though it was a steady performance from Tyler Moranville on the hill that gave the Marshalltown baseball team a chance.
The senior tossed a solid six innings in relief and the Bobcats rallied with five runs in the sixth to outlast Ames 13-11 in the nightcap of Monday’s Central Iowa Conference Northern Division doubleheader.
Marshalltown (14-13, 5-3) showed some similar moxie in the opener to claim a 5-4 eight-inning triumph, adding to a special evening that honored beloved concessions manager Bev Ingledue, who was recognized between games.
The sweep pushed MHS past the Little Cyclones (14-12, 3-5) in the conference standings as the Bobcats claimed their fourth victory in five games.
“We showed a little more resiliency than we have all year long,” MHS coach Steve Hanson said. “Trailing 6-0, it would have been real easy for our guys to fold it up, call it a night and get ready for tomorrow. We didn’t do that and kept chipping away.”
The Little Cyclones jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first before stretching the margin to 6-0 in the second. Moranville, who replaced Austin Sowers with just one out in the first, steadied the ship before the Bobcat bats got going.
MHS cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the second before tacking on another run in the third and taking a 7-6 lead with three runs in the fourth. Both teams added a tally in the fifth, before Marshalltown opened things up at 13-7 in the sixth. Ames countered with four runs in the seventh before Ryan Mitchell closed things down on the mound.
Marshalltown racked up 18 hits including six in the fifth to clinch the sweep.
“All the chipping we did though, none of that matters without the efforts of Tyler Moranville who was able to stretch the game out and give us a chance. He did a wonderful job.I’m sure that’s his longest outing of the year but, he was throwing strikes and just gave us chance. That’s kind of been our thing all year long – throw strikes and make plays and we were doing none of that in the first inning.”
Moranville allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits, while fanning a pair and issuing one free pass.
Marshalltown used another late surge to win the opener as Mason McCarville scored on a play at the plate to give the home team a 5-4 win in the bottom of the eighth after leading off the frame with a double. Schrempf moved him to third after reaching on an error, before Dylan Diveney drove in McCarville for the winning-run.
Trailing twice early, Ames claimed a 3-2 edge in the fifth with Brian Pierce’s two-run triple before Hillygus’ RBI groundout plated Ryan Mitchell and McCarville drove in Derek Mann with an RBI single.
Alex Brammer’s RBI single in the sixth tied the game for third time before Diveney delivered in the eighth. Hillygus and McCarville each had two hits, while McCarville drove in a pair. Diveney and Connor Ruddick each plated a run as MHS outhit Ames 9-7.
Blake Judkins went the distance allowing four runs on seven hits, fanning 10 and walking five. Colby Hansen lost in relief allowing a run on three hits. Matt Flummerfelt threw the first six innings with two of his four runs earned on six hits, no walks and six strikeouts.
In game two, the Bobcats received a boost from its 5-8 hitters, which totaled 11 hits, seven RBIs and eight runs. Colton Hanke batted 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBIs and three runs scored, while Mason McCarville and Derek Mann also hit 3-for-4.
McCarville drove in a pair of runs and scored twice, while Mann tallied two RBIs and crossed home once. Michael Schrempf’s 2-for-4 outing included an RBI and two runs. Ryan Mitchell also drove in a pair of runs with three hits, while Blake Judkins and Hunter Hillygus each scored twice. Judkins doubled and Hillygus drew three walks.
Judkins’ two-run double locked the score at 6 in the fourth and added the go-ahead run when McCarville reached on an error. Joseph Bappe’s score off an error in the top of the fifth was answered by Mitchell’s RBI single to plate Hanke in the bottom of the frame.
Hillygus and Judkins hit back-to-back singles to open the sixth, before McCarville’s RBI single plated Hillygus and Schrempf’s fielder’s choice at second sent in Judkins. Hanke scored Schrempf on a triple, before Mann finished off the rally with an RBI single to plate Hanke.
The Little Cyclones pulled within 13-10 with one out on Matt Flummerfelt’s run-scoring single, before MHS got the force at second when another run came across. With the go-ahead run at the plate, Mitchell fanned Toran Shahidi to preserve the victory.
Mitchell allowed one run on three hits with a strikeout in 2/3 of a frame. Sowers allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk in 1/3 of an inning as the starter.
Sam Peterson took the loss in relief surrendering two runs on four hits in one inning. Starter Erik Dempsey allowed seven runs (five earned) on four walks and retired two batters on strikes in four frames. Ethan Hahn gave up four runs on five hits in one inning.
The Bobcats battle Urbandale in a twin bill on the road today starting at 5 p.m.
“The calendar just flipped and now we’re into that homestretch where if you play like this – and we did not play and pitch very well tonight. Usually if you take that approach and struggle defensively and struggle throwing strikes, you’re going to get beat.
“In our district I know the teams we’re going to run into will take great advantage of that if we aren’t better. We just have to be better.”
Beloved concessions manager and former MHS food service worker Bev Ingledue was honored between the games.
“It was great to see a lot of people come out tonight to support her and win two for (Bev),” Hanson said.
The Bobcats swept the Little Cyclones in Ames on June 10 by scores of 14-5 and 4-1. Each team combined for 7 errors on the night.