Bobcats’ substate game pushed back to tonight

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Bobcat bats didn’t need an early deficit to get going Monday.

Though the Marshalltown baseball team will have to wait until play resumes tonight at 7 p.m. to try and move one step closer to state.

Lightning suspended play in the bottom of the third inning and eventually postponed the game another day as the Bobcats lead 3-2 over sixth-ranked Cedar Rapids Prairie in a Class 4A Substate 3 semifinal.

Michael Schrempf gave the Bobcats (17-24) an early lead with an RBI groundout to plate Blake Judkins in the second. Schrempf appeared to beat the throw at first, but was called out – Marshalltown’s second of the inning.

The play followed singles by Judkins and Mason McCarville, along with a sacrifice bunt by Colton Hanke.

The Hawks (26-12) responded in the bottom half with a two-out RBI double from Blake Stallman to bring in Trey Buckman.

Hunter Hillygus helped Marshalltown reclaim the lead in its next at-bat with a run-scoring triple to right field, plating Austin Sowers. Sowers led off the inning with a single and reached second on a Ryan Mitchell sacrifice bunt. Hillygus crossed the plate on a passed ball to stretch the lead to 3-1.

Cedar Rapids Prairie gained back some of the momentum before the storm struck.

Tyler Mougin drew a walk in the bottom of the third before taking two bases on an errant pickoff attempt at first. Brennan Hammer followed with an RBI single, before being thrown out on a steal attempt at second as lightning was spotted just moments later.

Play will resume with the Hawks batting with two outs in the bottom of the third and Hanke (3-4) on the mound for Marshalltown. Mitch Adams is the current pitcher for Cedar Rapids Prairie.

The winner advances to play No. 10 ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier (24-15) in the substate final Wednesday at 7 p.m. hosted by Xavier. The Saints had a bye after beating Waterloo East 8-3 in the opening round Friday. The winner of Wednesday’s game moves on the to the Iowa High School Baseball State Tournament.