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TR PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING – Marshalltown’s Caleb Kusserow, center, tries to reach base on a bunt attempt during Wednesday’s CIML Iowa Conference baseball doubleheader against Fort Dodge at the MHS diamond. The visiting Dodgers won both games, 7-2 and 16-3.

Marshalltown baseball head coach Todd Obethien called the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader between the Bobcats and Fort Dodge some of the best baseball the team has played all season. It was a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers, but the hitting and fielding was clean and he felt it was a step in the right direction.

Then the Bobcats committed six errors in a 16-3 loss to end the night with a Fort Dodge sweep.

It was the manner the errors happened in as much as the errors themselves that frustrated Oberthien.

“I try and preach to the guys that they have to understand what they’re supposed to do before the play happens,” Oberthien said. “Sometimes they just get a little flustered and they start letting one error turn into two or three errors.

We know errors are gonna happen, it’s the mental ones that we get frustrated with the most. I don’t care about the physical errors, that’s for us to work out at practice every day. Tonight we had a lot of mental errors, and those aren’t really acceptable.”

Marshalltown is 3-19 and 0-12 in the CIML Iowa Conference. Fort Dodge is 10-11 and 5-7.

Sam Greazel was the starter for the Bobcats in game one, going a total of four innings with eight hits and four runs given up. He struck out four and walked two — and made a short appearance in the seventh inning in relief of Seth Smith. Smith then threw three injuries of relief in the second game of the doubleheader as well. He gave up four hits and two runs in game one.

At the plate, leadoff hitter and junior outfielder Nick Rebik led the way in both contests — collecting two hits in each game for four on the night and scoring one run while driving in another. No other Bobcat had more than two hits (Kaden Ricken).

Rebik said he relishes the responsibility of being the leadoff hitter and setting the tone.

“I love it, I love being aggressive and I love getting after it,” Rebik said. “I love getting the first pitch of the game, it’s amazing. It’s a good way to kind of break the rust off of everyone else.”

Other hits in game one came from Ricken and Alex Thompson.

Game two was started by Zander Stupp on the mound, going 3…” innings and giving up six runs (five earned) on five hits and two walks. He was replaced by Smith for 2…” innings with six hits and four runs (three earned) given up. Smith struck out four batters.

Alex Thompson came in to pitch the top of the seventh and gave up three runs (one earned) without giving up a hit.

At the plate, Rebik had two hits but couldn’t find his way home. Five players had one hit each in game two — Ricken, Tayven Dutton, Keiler Blue, Smith and Caleb Kusserow. Blue, Dutton and Smith scored.

Marshalltown will regroup and visit Ankeny Centennial Thursday for a doubleheader starting at 5 pm

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