Bobcats sweep Mason City in walk-off fashion

In a first-round playoff preview, the Marshalltown baseball team scored two dramatic wins over rival Mason City on Monday night.

The Bobcats got two hits apiece from Dylan Diveney and Justus Bjelland in the nightcap and used two three-run innings to win 8-6 and after a seven-run fifth inning in the opener gave MHS some momentum before Michael Schrempf’s walk-off single clinched a 13-12 victory on Senior Night.

The Bobcats did not use any of their top three pitchers for Monday’s doubleheader as Mason City comes to town for a Class 4A quarterfinal playoff game on Friday. The victory improved the Bobcats to 21-15 on the season, while Mason City dropped to 8-25.

The Bobcats scored three runs in the first inning of game two and then fell behind after Mason City plated five in the third. Another three-run inning gave the Bobcats a 7-5 lead and they held on to win despite committing three errors in the field.

Jack Greene earned the win on the mound , throwing the first 5 1/3 and allowing three earned runs on three hits but walked eight and struck out five. Michael Schrempf pitched the final 1 2/3 for the save.

Grant Thimesch led the offense, going 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Bjelland had two hits and two RBIs and Diveney also had two hits, two runs, one walk and one RBI as Marshalltown improved to 7-5 in Central Iowa Conference Northern Division play following the sweep.

The opener featured eight lead changes.

The Bobcats (21-16, 7-5) scored first again, plating two runs in their first at-bat. But Mason City rallied with four runs in the third and three more in the fourth before MHS jumped back in front 10-8 with a seven-run fifth inning.

Mason City added four runs in the sixth to regain the lead, but the Bobcats closed out the win with a two-run sixth and Schrempf’s RBI walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh.

Joe Rebik, who scored the winning run, had two hits and walked once while scoring three runs and driving in another. Colton Hanke also had three hits and two runs as the Bobcats cranked out 14 hits and committed two errors in the victory. Austin Sowers had three hits and three RBIs.

Mason City (8-25, 0-12) had 10 hits and four errors in the loss.

Each team used four pitchers in the high-scoring game. Matt Battles threw the final 1 1/3 for the win, allowing two hits and two walks but no runs. Cooper Merrill gave up the final hit and game-winning run to take the loss.

The Bobcats next play at Waukee tonight. The regular-season finale kicks off at 7 p.m.