MARSHALLTOWN - The ninth-ranked (Class 4A) Fort Dodge baseball team came away with a split against Marshalltown on Thursday.
After posting a 7-0 shutout in the opener, the Dodgers (21-13 overall, 6-4 CIC Northern Division) dropped a 3-1 decision in the nightcap.
Junior Austin Halligan went 3-for-4 at the plate in Game 1 for FDSH, while sophomore Sam Kolacia contributed two hits. Senior Andrew Stover also helped his own cause with a double and three RBI.
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Andrew Stover pitches for Fort Dodge at Marshalltown on Thursday.
Stover (4-2) went the distance in the win, scattering six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
"Andrew got ahead in the count and pitched really well for us," said Fort Dodge head coach Blake Utley. "Our defense made some good plays behind him, too.
"We just flat-out beat (the Bobcats) that game. We did a nice job of bouncing back after (getting swept by defending 4A state champion Johnston on Wednesday). Our energy was really good in Game 1."
Fort Dodge 7, Marshalltown 0
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Andrew Stover and Cainen Hiracheta; Austin Sowers and Mason McCarville.
Marshalltown 3, Fort Dodge 1
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Kole Kampen, JC Hatcher (6) and Hiracheta; Dylan Diveney and McCarville.
2BFD: Kampen; M: Grant Thimesch, Michael Schrempf.
In the second contest, the Dodgers plated their lone run in the first inning on a Stover drag bunt.
Stover and Kolacia each finished 2-for-3. Sophomore Kole Kampen added a double.
Grant Thimesch's bases-loaded walk in the sixth brought home the decisive run for the Bobcats (19-16, 5-5). Thimesch was a perfect 3-for-3, including a double.
"We just kind of settled in and lost our focus after scoring one run," Utley said. "Credit (Dylan) Diveney for keeping us off balance.
"Unfortunately we split, but we're excited to get to tournament time. We just need to take it one game at a time."
The Dodgers host West Des Moines Valley (17-14) tonight. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.