Fort Dodge softball coach Andi Adams told her players before their doubleheader with Des Moines North here on Tuesday that they couldn't overlook a team like the Polar Bears.
The Dodgers picked up their second twinbill sweep in as many nights, rolling past North in a pair of 10-0, five-inning victories at Rogers Park.
The wins move Fort Dodge above the .500 mark for the season at 14-12 and give them a little momentum heading into a tough stretch that starts Thursday at fifth-ranked (5A) West Des Moines Valley.
"I enjoy the fact that we are 14-12. We have set some goals and are working to be where we want to be," said Adams. "Obviously we know what we have coming up. We are just going to prepare as well as we can and play as hard as we can."
Sophomore Maddie Egli continued her torrid pace, belting a pair of home runs in the nightcap, including the clincher in the bottom of the fifth inning. She finished the two games with five hits and six RBI.
Fort Dodge 10, DM North 0 (5 innings)
DM North 000 00 - 0 2 2
Fort Dodge 602 02 - 10 12 0
Abigail Gero and Cassie Harrington. Malory Kilian, Cassie Tjebben (5) and Taylor Messerly. 2B- N: Mackenzie Gray; FD: Lexi Astor, Cassie Tjebben. 3B- FD: Emily Grell. SB- FD: Astor, Lani Van Zyl, Kilian, Toryn Pederson, Maddie Egli, Madison Boldholdt. LOB- North 1, FD 5.
Fort Dodge 10, DM North 0 (5 innings)
DM North 000 00 - 0 2 0
Fort Dodge 130 51 - 10 13 0
Reigan Clay and Taylor Wisecup. Megan Gibson, Tjebben (3), Gibson (5) and Messerly. HBP- North: Asacia Edwards (by Gibson), Wisecup (by Gibson). 2B- FD: Grell, Messerly 2. HR- FD: Egli 2. SB- FD: Astor 3. LOB- North 4, FD 4. DP- North.
"I don't know what Maddie is eating before games, but she needs to keep it up," said Adams. "Funny thing is she likes it (at No. 9). I think I am going to leave her there. I don't want to mess with things."
Egli had the game-winning homer in Monday's 5-4 victory over Ames. She drove in a pair of runs in the opener Tuesday and added a 2-run single to her two home runs in the nightcap.
"I just wanted to go up there and get a hit," said Egli. "I just kept sprinting because I'd never hit a home run before (Monday). I didn't think they were going to go over the fence either time."
The Dodgers also got solid pitching against the Polar Bears (1-21). Freshmen Mallory Kilian (9-4) and Cassie Tjebben combined on a two-hitter in the opener. Junior Megan Gibson (3-6) and Tjebben shared duties in the nigh cap and allowed just two hits in that one as well.
In fact, Dodger hurlers allowed North to send more than three batters to the plate in just three of the 10 innings combined.
"Mallory is pitching so well. We need Cassie and Megan to just keep doing what they are doing. We'll need them all," said Adams.
Kilian allowed North to get baserunners in just one of her four frames. Tjebben pitched a perfect frame fifth.
Gibson went the first two innings in the second contest, gave way to Tjebben for two frames, then came back on to pitch a perfect fifth. North had single hits against each pitcher.
Fort Dodge jumped on North for six runs in the first inning of game one. The Dodgers had six hits, including a two-run triple from senior Emily Grell.
The Dodgers added two in the third as Egli stroked a run-scoring single, then came home on a double from Lexi Astor.
Fort Dodge ended it in the fifth. Tjebben doubled and scored on an error. Lani Van Zyl raced home from second after Grell legged out an infield single to end the contest.
The Dodgers used a five-run fourth to break open the second affair. Egli belted a solo shot with one out to make it 5-0, then the Dodgers strung together five hits from the next six batters, including doubles from Grell and Taylor Messerly.
Egli's second long ball, hit nearly to the same spot as the first, ended the game with one out in the fifth.
Fort Dodge scored three in the second, getting a two-run single from Egli and a perfect squeeze bunt from Madi Bennett. Grell drove home the Dodgers' first run in the first on a ground out.
Grell finished with three hits in the opener. Astor, Kilian, and Egli each had two hits.
In the second game, Messerly and Egli each collected three hits while Astor and Haley Rustvold had two hits a piece.