Diveney’s no-hitter gets MHS a split with ’Riders
DES MOINES – The missed opportunities of a one-run loss in the opener were somewhat forgotten after a stellar game two showing on the mound for the Marshalltown baseball team.
Dylan Diveney tossed a no-hitter as the Bobcats (16-24) bounced back from a 6-5 setback with an 8-0 victory in a twin bill split against Des Moines Roosevelt Tuesday.
The victory snapped a season-long eight-game skid for Marshalltown, which opens the postseason against Cedar Falls on the road Friday.
“The difference in the second game was simple, Dylan Diveney,” MHS coach Steve Hanson said. “Throwing a no-hitter, at any level, is a special accomplishment. He was in command from the first pitch and his effort gave us a big boost.”
The junior hurler fanned 10 and walked just one, while throwing 59 of his 86 pitches for strikes including 17 on the first pitch against 24 batters.
Marshalltown found more than enough run support plating three runs in the first inning, two in the second and fourth and one more in the fifth – handing the Roughriders (7-32) their sixth loss in seven games.
Ryan Mitchell went 3-for-3 with a triple and RBI and Hunter Hillygus plated three runs with two hits and scored once. Blake Judkins also tallied a couple hits and a run as the Bobcats totaled 10 hits from six different players.
Mitchell singled to open the first before stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball. He scored on Grant Thimesch’s groundout. Hillygus stole second before moving to third and scoring on wild pitches. Mason McCarville followed Blake Judkins’ single with one of his own to drive in Judkins for a 3-0 lead.
Hillygus knocked in Mitchell with a single in the second and Thimesch also scored on the play. Mitchell reached on a single, while Thimesch made first by way of a fielder’s choice.
Mitchell’s three-bag hit in the fourth brought in Sowers, who opened with a walk. Hillygus stretched the cushion to 7-0 with another single to plate Mitchell.
Mann reached on an error in the fifth and moved to second on the play. Sowers singled him to third and Mann crossed the plate for the final margin.
Matt Bandstra (0-2) was chased after two innings allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits in the loss. Will Percival surrendered three runs (two earned) on three hits, with three strikeouts and a walk in three frames, while Sam Wheeler tossed two shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts and a free base.
Marshalltown opened a 4-0 lead in game two, only to see the Roughriders rally for a tie in the fourth and the 6-5 win in their final at-bat.
Percival scored the winning run when Michael Watson reached on a fielder’s choice. Nick Biancalona’s RBI single drove in Sam Norland to knot the game earlier in the frame.
Diveney’s RBI single plated McCarville for Marshalltown’s first run in the second. Judkins added a two-run double in the third to bring in Mitchell and Thimesch, before Judkins scored on another two-bagger by Colton Hanke.
Walt Davis’ two-run homer pulled Roosevelt within 4-3 and Percival’s double brought in Jack Holtz to tie it at 4 in the fourth.
Sowers doubled and scored when Hillygus reached on an error to give MHS its final advantage at 5-4 in the top of the seventh before the home team rallied.
Charlie Rose won in relief allowing one unearned run on one hit with a strikeout and walk in three innings. Mitchell was on the losing end allowing two hits and one run in 1/3 frame. Hanke allowed five runs on 11 hits and walk, while fanning four in six innings.
Judkins paced the Bobcat offense with 2 RBIs and a run as the Bobcats tallied five doubles.
“We didn’t do a good enough job of executing on offense, defense or on the mound in game one,” Hanson said.
“We had several chances to capitalize when it counted. Give Roosevelt credit for getting a bunt down and moving runners when it needed to. Until we can take care of simple, baseball fundamentals, we will have a tough time beating anyone.”
Though after snapping their slide, Hanson hopes the Bobcats can build upon the second game performance.
“Hopefully the momentum of that win will carry over into the next two days of practice and, ultimately, into our tournament game Friday night.”