Momentum can be a pleasant attribute or a cruel reality on the diamond.
For the Fort Dodge softball team it was a little of both during a doubleheader split with Mason City on Monday night.
The Dodgers (11-3 overall, 3-1 in the CIC North) earned a 3-1 win in the opener, but dropped a 6-3 decision to the Mohawks (8-2, 3-1) in the nightcap.
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Fort Dodge’s Lexi Astor connects against Mason City on Monday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU?at www.messengernews.net
Fort Dodge scored early in both contests and was able to hold on in the first, but a barrage of Mason City hits in the second contest was too much to complete the sweep.
"We lost to a solid ballclub,'' said FDSH head coach Andi Adams. "It was a great atmosphere and both teams wanted it."
In the opener, Fort Dodge pitcher Mallory Kilian (7-1) stymied the Mohawk offense, scattering six hits.
Fort Dodge 3, Mason City 1
Mason City 000 000 1 - 1 6 0
Fort Dodge 201 000 x - 3 7 1
Lexy Pederson and Ryanna Bales. Mallory Kilian and Taylor Messerly. 2B-MC: Cortni Rush; FD: Messerly; HR-MC: Angell.
Mason City 6, Fort Dodge 3
Mason City 010 004 1 - 6 9 1
Fort Dodge 300 000 0 - 3 7 2
Olivia Pederson and Bales. Cassie Tjebben, Meagan Hartman (5), Kilian (7) and Messerly. 2B-MC: Angell.
Fort Dodge had a fast start, putting the first three batters of the contest on base. The Mohawks then got the next two batters out, but Maddie Egli delivered a two-RBI single to plate Maddie Bodholdt and Kilian and hand the Dodgers a quick two-run advantage.
Egli then came through again in the third to plate the Dodgers' only other run with two outs on an RBI single.
The Dodger defense did the rest, shutting the door as the only run for the Mohawks was a solo homer from Annika Angell.
In the nightcap, Fort Dodge jumped out to a 3-0 advantage with a four-hit first inning. Lexi Astor, Kilian, Taylor Messerly and Lani Van Zyl all recorded hits.
The Dodger bats went silent after that, though, managing only three hits over the final six innings.
Starter Cassie Tjebben kept the Mohawk bats silent for the first five frames, only allowing two hits and one run.
Mason City found its stroke in late, though, pounding out seven hits and plating five runs.
"We got complacent,'' Adams said. "We had a lead and things were quiet and we didn't finish.
"I'm proud of their effort, but we have to turn the corner with our consistency.''
Astor finished the night 5-for-7 with two stolen bases.
In the first contest Messerly had two hits, including a double. Egli had two hits and drove in all three Dodger runs.
Van Zyl had two hits, a stolen base and an RBI in the second contest.
Fort Dodge is back in action on Wednesday when they host Dowling in a doubleheader. Action begins at 6 p.m. at Rogers Park.