SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcat freshmen swept by Ankeny

ANKENY – The potential tying run got thrown out trying to steal third base for the final out of the second game as the Marshalltown freshman baseball team fell twice to Ankeny on Friday.

The Bobcats (5-20) were defeated 9-4 and 3-2, almost coming back from a 3-0 deficit to tie game two.

Ankeny scored three times in the first inning but never again. Marshalltown struck for a run in the sixth. Paden Himes led off the top of the seventh with a double and scored one out later on a single by Cole Keeler. Jake Sponsler followed with a hit but Dayton Slifer flied out before Keeler was caught stealing third for the final out of the game.

Marshalltown outhit the Hawks 6-4 in the loss, while Jordan Smiley went all six innings on the mound. He allowed two earned runs on two walks and six strikeouts.

Devan Mann, Mason Huntley, Himes, Keeler, Sponsler and Slifer each had a hit for MHS.

Ankeny broke a 3-all tie with three runs in the fifth on its way to a 9-4 win in the opening game. Slifer was 2-for-4 with a run scored while Himes was 1-for-2 with a double and three RBIs. Spencer Dempewolf was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI, while Cody Mead and Jordan Smiley both added singles. Slifer took the loss on the mound.

MHS is back in action today at the Newton Tournament. The Bobcats host Mason City on Monday.

Pair of aces on nation’s birthday

Two Marshalltown golf courses were witness to a hole-in-one on Thursday.

Elmwood Country Club called in an ace for its course superintendent Bill Benda, who holed out his tee shot on the 120-yard 12th hole as witnessed by Brad Iverson and Tom Ethington.

Down the street, the American Legion Golf Course saw Jim Stansberry score his hole-in-one on the 143-yard seventh hole with his 7-iron as witnessed by Scott Riemenschneider, Mike Wagner and Mike Ward.