Eleven errors help Ottumwa sweep MHS

The Ottumwa softball team scored 15 runs against the Marshalltown Bobcats on Monday night but only two were earned during a doubleheader sweep by the Bulldogs at the MHS diamond.

The Bulldogs scored two runs on just three hits in the opener but took advantage of five MHS miscues during a 2-1 victory and then claimed another win in the nightcap after cranking out 10 hits in a 13-0 six-inning win. Marshalltown also had six errors to help the Bulldogs remain undefeated on the season.

Haley Vajgrt had two of the Bobcats’ eight hits in the opener but the squad managed just one run in the loss. McKaylee Palmer tallied an RBI double, while Cassidy Blackford went 1-for-2 with a run, a walk and a double.

Blackford also lost in the circle as she allowed just one earned run on three hits while fanning eight and walking three.

The Bulldogs (4-0) ended the second game early after plating six runs in the second and sixth innings

Kaley Mead, Maggie Carnahan and Ashley Arnote each had one hit in the loss, and Blackford suffered another loss in the circle after surrendering five hits, six runs and one earned run in two innings. Mead also threw in relief, allowing five hits and seven runs – zero earned – with six strikeouts.

Mackenzie Sheehan was the winning pitcher after allowing three hits and fanning three in six innings.

Kassidi Henderson, who had a hit and a run in the opener, went 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBis in the nightcap, while Chloe Davis chipped in two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Ashlyn Thompson also scored three runs and Ellie Hammack tallied two RBIs.

Marshalltown (1-4) returns to action Saturday when they head 10 miles to the east to take part in the West Marshall Tournament. The Bobcats’ first game is at 11:45 a.m.