CARROLL - Opening up its 2013 season on a high note, the Fort Dodge baseball team prevailed with a 3-1 road victory over Carroll Kuemper here on Tuesday night.
All tied at 1-1 in the seventh inning, the defending Class 4A state runner-up Dodgers (1-0 overall) plated the decisive scores on a sacrifice fly from Devon Harms and a RBI single by Tommy Halligan.
Senior Tommy Halligan, sophomore Austin Halligan and senior Keegan Gormally each collected two hits for FDSH. Tommy Halligan also drove in a pair.
"It was a very clean game, and we were just able to come through in the end," said first-year Fort Dodge head coach Blake Utley. "We always talk about the fifth, sixth and seventh as being the Dodger innings."
Senior Tyler Vaughn (1-0) went the distance on the mound for the Dodgers, against the Knights, who were a Class 2A semifinalist in 2012. Vaughn scattered six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.
"It says a lot about our seniors that they took this game pretty seriously after (the Knights) beat us the last two years with the same pitcher (Chris Halbur) on the mound," Utley said. "This was a measuring stick game for us, but it is not going to define who we are as a team by beating Kuemper on May 21."
FORT DODGE 3, CARROLL KUEMPER 1
Fort Dodge 001 000 2-3 9 0
Carroll Kuemper 010 00 0-1 6 0
Tyler Vaughn and Devon Harms; Chris Halbur, Riley Bach (7) and Ben Hicks.
2B-FD: Austin Halligan.
In junior varsity action, Fort Dodge cruised to a 16-1 triumph. Eric Puls fanned nine in the win, while Cory Alexander and Drew Hanson each tallied three hits. Hanson also scored four times, and Alexander tripled.
Next outing for the Dodgers is Friday at Des Moines North.