Fort Dodge softball coach Andi Adams has never been big on moral victories so it was no surprise that she wasn't taking much solace after the Dodgers dropped a heart-breaking second game to 5A foe Waukee in a CIC doubleheader last night at Rogers Park.
After falling 7-1 in the opener, the 4th-ranked (4A) Dodgers went nine innings with Waukee before the 9th-ranked Warriors plated two runs in the top of the ninth to win 5-3. What made it more frustrating was the Dodgers came out on the wrong end of a close call at home that could have won the game for them in regulation.
"We just went toe-to-toe with them and had so many chances to win," Adams said. "Waukee came and took it from us. We had so many chances and opportunities and didn't capitalize. We can do one of two things. We can make excuses or we can learn from this and get better."
—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla
Fort Dodge’s Madi Bennett makes a diving catch at second base against Waukee on Wednesday at Rogers Park. For more photos, visit CU at messengernews.net
Waukee (17-10) got an RBI single from Morgan Nealy in the top of the 9th for the go-ahead run and added an insurance run on a passed ball. The runs came in after Waukee had pushed a runner to third and Adams decided to load the bases and try for a force at any base.
"We just had to pick our poison there," said Adams.
The Dodgers (19-7) were down 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth but plated two runs to tie the game. Bri Ulrich ripped an RBI single and Lexi Astor followed with a game-tying single. Those two runs, though, came after the Dodgers had a runner called out at home for going out of the base path on an attempted hook slide.
The Dodgers had another chance in the bottom of the ninth, but left runners on first and second. Fort Dodge left 11 runners on base, another frustrating thing for Adams.
Mallory Kilian drove in the Dodgers' first run with a single in the first, scoring Astor.
In the opener, Waukee's Taylor Luther was a one-person wrecking crew, hitting a pair of three-run home runs for the Warriors. She had one in the top of the first and another in the top of the fifth.
Fort Dodge got its lone run in the first game thanks to a Waukee error in the third inning, allowing Lani Van Zyl to score from third.
Waukee's Kaite Menz got both pitching wins. She went the distance in the opener, scattering six hits. She pitched the final three innings of the second game.
Kilian took the loss in the first game for the Dodgers. Meagan Hartman suffered the loss in the second.
Fort Dodge jumps right back into things tonight playing at third-ranked (4A) Carlisle.