No. 3 Dodgers cruise at Heelan tourney

Freshman Adams with career-high 15 K performance

SIOUX CITY — The third-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball team scored three impressive wins here Saturday during the Sioux City Heelan Tournament.

The Dodgers picked up victories over Sioux City East, Lewis Central and host Heelan by a combined scored of 32-1 to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Freshman Jalen Adams opened things with a three-RBI, six-strikeout performance in the opener, as the Dodgers downed Sioux City East, 10-1. Adams allowed just one hit over five innings and walked one with Katelyn Werning pitching the final two innings with three strikeouts and no hits allowed.

Tristin Doster was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored, Tory Bennett had two hits, including a triple, with a pair of RBI and Haley Wills was 3-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and three steals.

“We were really just clicking in all areas of the game,” FDSH head coach Andi Adams said. “We jumped out early in game one and kind of had some flat innings after that, but the girls responded and I was really happy with the way they got after it.

“Jalen didn’t seem on in the first, but she was definitely on top of her game vs. Heelan.”

Fort Dodge had seven stolen bases as a team vs. East with seven different players recording at least one hit.

In a 12-0 win over Lewis Central, both Werning and Wills pitched two innings, recording six strikeouts total. Aubrey Davis was 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI, with Logan Schnetzer driving in a pair and Bennett recording two hits with two runs.

“Haley had a great day, Tristin had a great day,” Adams said. “Just everyone in the lineup seemed to be getting the job done for us.”

Wills had a triple, two doubles and drove in three runs. Daphne Alstott added two steals and two runs.

Adams closed out the day with her best pitching performance yet, striking out a career-high 15 batters with just two hits allowed over five innings vs. Heelan. She did not have a walk, adding two hits and an RBI at the plate.

Alstott was 3-for-4 with four RBI, three runs and a steal, with Doster adding two hits and a pair of RBI. Davis and Alstott are the lone seniors on the roster and both will graduate on Sunday from FDSH.

“That’s what you want out of your seniors,” Adams said. “It’s a big weekend for them and they really delivered. I expect a lot out of them and I’m very proud of the job they have done so far.”

Fort Dodge hosts No. 11 (2A) North Polk at Rogers Park on Tuesday for Grandparents Night at 7 p.m.

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