No. 3 Dodgers sweep No. 15 Jags

ANKENY — The third-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball team earned a road sweep over No. 15 Ankeny Centennial on Thursday night.

The Dodgers (14-3 overall) had 17 hits in the doubleheader and won 4-2 and 7-4 against the Jaugars (10-7), who had won five straight contests.

“This was a fun, stressful night,” FDSH head coach Andi Adams said. “The energy was great, and we were much more consistent defensively than we were (Wednesday at Southeast Polk).

“Tory, TK (Doster), Haley … so many kids stepped up and made big plays in the field. And it almost always came in a big moment where (the score) and momentum could’ve shifted in a different direction.”

In the first contest, freshman Jalen Adams earned the win in the circle with seven strikeouts and was 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI.

“Jalen was outstanding,” Adams said. “She had all of her pitches working, and the team backed her up in the field.

“This was definitely a dogfight. Centennial just broke into the rankings and they’ve been very good so far this year. They’re incredibly deep on their roster.”

Tristin Doster had two hits, including a double and drove in two runs. Sophia Klinger also had two hits and drove in a run.

In the second contest, Haley Wills got the start for the Dodgers. Adams then pitched three innings of relief to pick up the win.

The Dodgers had a big sixth inning to take the lead after trailing 4-3.

Tory Bennett had two hits and drove in a run. Adams had two RBI as did Loghen Schnetzer, who hit a home run.

Fort Dodge is back in action on Friday when it faces Graettinger-Terril in the Fort Dodge Invitational. Game is set for 3 p.m. on Diamond 1. The winner squares off with either No. 4 Newell-Fonda (1A) or No. 9 Ballard (4A) at 7 p.m.

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