Ranked North Scott keeps Marshalltown losing streak intact

IOWA CITY The bats managed to break out of a long drought but four runs still wasn’t enough to end the Marshalltown softball team’s long losing streak Saturday.

The Bobcats plated two runs in the first and two more in the fifth, but Class 4A No. 15 North Scott never trailed in an 8-4 win at the Rick Doran Classic the University of Iowa Softball Complex.

The game ended in six innings due to rain and the final games of the tournament also were washed out.

The Bobcats have only scored four or more runs seven times this season and the losing streak has now reached 17 games.

North Scott (20-10) claimed its sixth win in the past seven games after scoring three in the first, two in the third, two in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Marshalltown’s Rachel Whaley had two of the Bobcats’ five hits, including a double and also scored two runs. Kaley Mead, who took the loss in the circle, chipped in a hit with two RBIs and Cassidy Blackford and Haley Vajgrt had the final two hits for Marshalltown (3-29).

Reagan Mazour, an eighth-grader, walked and scored twice as she once again batted in the lead-off position in the lineup.

Maggie Carnahan also reached base with a walk, but the Bobcats couldn’t hold down North Scott, which finished with 11 hits in the win.

McKenna Heim, who came into the game hitting .477, had three hits, including a double, and scored two runs. She also earned her fourth win in the circle after allowing just one earned run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Ali Rucker threw the final 1 1/3 innings and earned her fourth save of the year after allowing no runs and no hits. She walked one and got all four of her outs by way of the strikeout. The Bobcats fanned seven times in the game.

Anne DeVries also had three hits at the plate as well as two runs, two doubles and two RBIs. Casey Lewis tallied three RBIs and Brooke Naber added two hits and an RBI.

Mead (1-16) allowed 11 hits and eight earned runs in the loss. She struck out three and walked three.

The Bobcats will next play in a Central Iowa Conference Northern Division doubleheader at Ames on Monday.

First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. and the two teams have split two meetings so far this season.