Fort Dodge upsets No. 3 Jaguars

ANKENY — The Fort Dodge baseball team found their offensive rhythm here Thursday night.

After dropping a 13-12 decision in the opener to No. 3 (Class 4A) Ankeny Centennial in the opener, the Dodgers stormed back with a 13-9 triumph in the nightcap.

In the opener, Fort Dodge plated eight runs in the fourth, but were unable to rally all the way back.

Mason Bockoven finished 3-for-5 with three runs, Nick Bice drove in three and both Shane Halligan and Drew Callon had two hits each.

“It was just great to see the guys swing the bats like they did,” FDSH head coach Blake Utley said. “We were down both games and had our first come-from-behind win (in the second) of the season.

“We challenged the kids to make them a faceless opponent and not look at records, rankings or stats. They did a great job of that and it worked.”

Callon and Brycen Bell scored twice, Carson Peterson had a pair of RBI, and Halligan, Drake Miller, Dylan Zimmermann and Easton Cone each drove in a run.

A 10-run fifth in the nightcap was the highlight for FDSH, helping them erase a 6-2 deficit. Miller and Anthony Wagner had three hits each, with Bockoven, Miller, Zimmermann and Peterson each driving in two runs.

Callon, Zimmermann and Bell had two hits each, Miller scored three runs, with Halligan, Callon and Bockoven scoring twice each. Halligan, Bice and Bell all drove in a run.

“We had some incredible, incredible defensive plays late in the second game,” Utley said. “Anthony Wagner made a coulpe of really nice plays and got us going at the plate.

“When you can have 27 hits in a doubleheader, that’s a good night.”

Fort Dodge returns to action Monday when they host West Des Moines Valley.