Miscues plague ‘Cats in losses to J-Hawks

URBANDALE – Miscues in the field cost the Marshalltown baseball team a pair of games against Urbandale on Tuesday night.

The Bobcats committed five errors in the opener and then had three more miscues in the nightcap against the J-Hawks. That allowed Urbandale to score two wins, claiming a 6-4 victory in the opener and a 4-3 win in the second game.

“Tonight was another case of extra opportunities,” MHS coach Steve Hanson said. “Of the 10 runs they scored, four of them were a direct result of walks or errors.”

Only four of the 10 runs allowed by Marshalltown pitching were earned. Dylan Diveney allowed 10 hits and walked just one in the opener but lost after surrendering four earned runs. Parker Magneson also allowed four earned runs for the J-Hawks (16-13) but his defense did not make an error behind him. Magneson got the win for Urbandale after allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk. He struck out five as well.

“We also were unable to locate pitches when we needed to, which accounted for a few more of their remaining runs,” Hanson said.

Ryan Mitchell had two hits including a double and scored twice to lead the Bobcats in the opener. Mason McCarville added two hits, one run and one RBI in the loss. The Bobcats had seven hits in all. McCarville and Michael Schrempf also had doubles. Colton Hanke had another solid effort on the mound in game two for the Bobcats. He allowed seven hits and walked just one while fanning two but three of his four runs allowed were unearned.

“As soon as we tighten things up defensively, we’ll have a greater chance of winning close games,” Hanson said. “We didn’t do a whole offensively either against their second line of pitching.”

The Bobcat offense tallied six hits in the nightcap against Ryan Yoder, led by two hits each from Hunter Hillygus and McCarville. Yoder earned the win for the J-Hawks after fanning four and walking just one.

Marshalltown led 3-0 in the third inning of the opener before Urbandale scored three in the third, two in the second and put the game away with one last tally in the sixth.

The Bobcats (14-15) trailed 4-1 through six innings in the nightcap before scoring two runs, one coming off an RBI double from Justus Bjelland.

“Overall, we’re frustrated by the poor performance and hopefully our best baseball is ahead of us,” Hanson said. “Things don’t get any easier Friday though with No. 1 coming to town. We’ll need to play better to have a chance.”

That No. 1 team is Class 4A top-ranked Ankeny. The Bobcats will host the Hawks at the MHS diamond starting at 7 p.m.