MOULTON — It was Moulton-Udell’s ninth straight loss and it wasn’t how they wanted to enter the postseason as the Eagles lost 20-5 to visiting North Mahaska on Tuesday.
“We really struggled with the mental game tonight. I felt like we weren't ready to play. We did a lot of good things, but we have to show up ready to play, especially this time of year,” Moulton-Udell head coach Jason Ogden said.
The Warhawks jumped on the Eagles early for 10 runs in the first inning to get out to a sizable lead.
To the credit of Moulton-Udell they responded well in the bottom of the inning, scoring a pair of runs on a North Mahaska error followed by a RBI single by Hunter Hansen to cut the deficit to 10-3.
North Mahaska wouldn’t take their foot off the gas as they added six runs in the second and another two runs in the third and fourth inning to activate the run rule and end the game after four innings.
Clayton Morlan, Trent Rockwood, Hunter Spring and Caleb Martin all pitched for the Eagles. Martin was the most efficient and effective, needing only three pitches to strikeout the North Mahaska batter and get out of the inning.
Rockwood, Martin and Hansen each had a RBI for Moulton-Udell.
“We did a pretty good job at the plate tonight, but we can't put ourselves in an early hole,” Ogden said.
Moulton-Udell (5-18) will travel to Leon on Saturday at 7 p.m. to face Central Decatur (10-16) in a district quarterfinal matchup.