Dodgers shut down North Polk, 11-1

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Chloe Wertz gets a hit earlier in the week against Waukee at Rogers Park.

Fort Dodge came into Wednesday night’s contest with a chip on their shoulder.

The third-ranked Dodgers (9-2 overall) were coming off a doubleheader loss against Waukee, and wanted to use a game against North Polk to refocus.

Fort Dodge did exactly that pounding out 14 hits — including six for extra bases — in an 11-1, six-inning victory.

“We just had to get back on track,” said FDSH’s Andi Adams, who is now 580-264 as the Dodger head coach. “Waukee was coming in to knock us off and they did it. We had to bounce back.

“We worked on a few things and just have to keep moving forward.”

Freshman pitcher Jalen Adams (6-1) tossed a one-hitter. She didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning. Adams walked two batters, two reached on errors, and she hit a batter.

Hailey Steffen had the lone hit for the Comets (7-6), driving in Trisha Sporra.

Adams had four strikeouts, and a stretch of retiring 12 batters in a row at one point.

“Jalen was angry with her self (after the Waukee doubleheader),” Adams said. “She expects it out of herself to come out and play well.”

It took the Dodgers a while to get going after building a 3-0 lead after three innings. With nine hits and eight runs in the next three frames, though, Fort Dodge walked away with a 10-run mercy rule victory.

“There is always an opportunity for anyone to play on this team,” Adams said. “There are no automatic wins on our schedule. We can’t afford to coast. We need to lay off the rise ball and think about the science of softball.”

Sophomore Tristin Doster is starting to heat up. The catcher is now 7-for-9 in her last two games after a perfect 4-for-4 performance against the Comets. Doster drilled two triples and drove in a run.

“TK (Doster) and Loghen (Schnetzer) put a lot of pressure on themselves — sometimes, too much,” Adams said. “They feel they have to come out and mash the ball.

“We’ve been telling them they have to have fun and go out there and play sandlot softball for each other.”

Senior leadoff hitter Daphne Alstott was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs, two RBI and three stolen bases. Jalen Adams and Haley Wills had two hits each and a RBI each.

Freshman Tory Bennett was 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and sacrifice bunt, driving in three runs. Aubrey Davis also drove in a run.

The Dodgers are back in action on Friday night when they host second-ranked (3A) Humboldt at 7 p.m. on Diamond 1.

FORT DODGE 11, NORTH POLK 1

North Polk 000 001 — 1 1 5

Fort Dodge 102 422 — 11 14 2

Sophie Swygman (L) and Trisha Sporra. Jalen Adams (W, 6-1) and Tristin Doster. 2B–FD: Daphne Alstott, Jalen Adams, Loghen Schnetzer, Haley Wills. 3B–FD: Tristin Doster (2).

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