CAMANCHE — First game struggles for the Prince of Peace Irish opened the door for a Marquette Catholic sweep on Tuesday night.
“The first game we didn’t play well, we didn’t show up,” Irish coach Bob Mulholland said. “Then the second game we decided to show up and made a game of it.”
The Mohawks blanked the Irish 8-0 in Game 1, then the Irish fought back but fell 6-2 in the second contest.
Prince of Peace got on base six times in the first game but couldn’t bring anything around. Mulholland said everything seemed flat, from defense to bats.
“We come out hesitant and then it seems like everything we hit goes to their players,” Mulholland said. “We don’t make adjustments as far as teams go.”
Prince of Peace held Marquette scoreless for three innings, with the Mohawks plating one in the top of the 4th. They scored two more in the 5th.
Prince of Peace answered that with two runs of their own in the 5th inning, pulling within one of the Mohawks.
“Their energy level was a lot higher,” Mulholland said. “They seemed more involved. Guys were cheering on the sideline instead of just looking at each other.”
Marquette finished it out with a big 3-run inning in the 7th.
“If we don’t have a couple of errors or missed balls, we’d have a chance to win that game,” Mulholland said. “That’s just part of baseball — if you make an error it catches up to you.”
Prince of Peace still had highlights, like a solid defensive performance from outfielder Blake Bergman.
“He had a really nice game in centerfield,” Mulholland said. “He made some great plays.”
The Irish were left looking for their first win of the season, and move on to play Edgewood-Colesburg on the road next Monday.
Marquette Catholic improves to 7-6 and returns to action this Thursday, traveling to North Linn.
Indians dominate Comets
BELLEVUE — Camanche had no problem on the road on Monday, defeating Bellevue High School by a large margin in both games of a doubleheader at Cole Park.
They took down the Comets 11-2 and 13-0 on Monday.
Camanche played at Ashford University Field on Tuesday (see Page 1B).
MONTICELLO — Northeast baseball continues to look for their offense after getting slaughtered by Monticello on Monday night.
Monticello took Game 1 from the Rebels 9-0, and blanked them in Game 2 again 12-0.
Rebels fell to 3-11 and played North Cedar on Tuesday.
Rebels lose by one
MONTICELLO — The Rebels have lost three in a row after dropping a double header to Monticello on Monday.
The Panthers squeaked by the Rebels, downing them 11-10 and then 5-4 at Northeast.
Northeast softball fell to 8-5 and went on to play North Cedar on the Road on Tuesday.
Marquette slips by EV
PRESTON — The Marquette Mohawks downed Easton Valley in both contests on a doubleheader on Monday night, beating the River Hawks in Game 1 3-0, and then 6-5 in Game 2.
The bats were quiet for the River Hawks in Game 1, with the team only recording four total hits. Hunter Holdgrafer, Arik Daniels, Austin Franzen and Riley Miller were the ones who put the ball into play for Easton Valley.
The Mohawks also had four hits in Game 1, but capitalized on those and four walks to score their three runs.
Game 2 provided a better competition. After striking first, the RiverHawks pulled ahead by two and held the leader for three innings. Marquette scored three runs in the top of the seventh to win 6-5.
For Easton Valley, Austin Franzen led with two hits and two RBI. The River Hawks still only managed six hits as a team.