Greenwood’s no-hitter lifts Mohawks past MHS

MASON CITY – In a preview of Thursday’s Class 5A regional tournament opener, the Mason City Mohawks swept the Marshalltown softball team behind a no-hitter from Halie Greenwood and clutch hitting by Annika Angell and Brittany Sanchez at the Mohawk Softball Complex on Monday in a CIC Northern Division matchup.

Mason City won the opener 2-0 and then finished off the sweep with a 3-2 win in the nightcap.

It was the Bobcats’ third straight loss and they will take a 15-22 record into regionals. The Mohawk sweep also dropped Marshalltown’s division record to 2-10.

Mason City, which came into the game having lost seven of its last 10, improved to 21-13 on the year. The Mohawks finished division play at 8-4, which puts them in second place behind 9-3 Fort Dodge. The Dodgers swept Ames on Monday to lock up the division championship.

Greenwood’s (4-0) no-hitter in game one against the Bobcats included three walks and a hit by pitch. Greenwood, the Mohawks’ No. 4 pitcher, was one of five Mason City seniors recognized on Senior Night. Angell had an RBI single that put the Mohawks up 1-0 in the first inning and then Sanchez’s third home run of the season made it 2-0 in the sixth inning.

Jasmine Judge (5-10) took the loss in the opener but allowed just one earned run.

Olivia Pederson (10-6) and Lauren Mazour (10-12) faced off against each other in the second game.

After Angell once again put the Mohawks up early with an RBI single, the Bobcats (15-22, 2-10) rallied to take the lead in the fourth inning.

Taylor Wagner laced her 16th double of the year and then scored on Quinn Goodman’s groundout to the shortstop. Cassidy Blackford also scored on a Mason City error to give Marshalltown its first lead of the night.

The Mohawks though tied the game at 2-all in the bottom of the fourth after Ryanna Bales scored Tricia Notermann with an RBI single.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh inning. That is when Sanchez, another Mason City senior, sent her team to victory with a walk-off single.

Thursday’s postseason opener will begin at 7 p.m. in Mason City. Lexi Pedersen (7-4, 1.66 ERA) will likely get the start for the Mohawks.

Marshalltown went 1-3 against the Mohawks this season. Lexi Pedersen, the team’s ace, did not pitch in any of those games. Olivia Pedersen did go 2-0 against the Bobcats this year.